In the face of lingering inter-communal clashes and boundary disputes across Nigeria, stakeholders have called for the inauguration of a national physical development plan, to ensure clear cut demarcation of boundaries.
The president, National Institute of Town Planners, NITP, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde made this call in Awka while exchanging views with the Executive Chairman, Anambra State Physical Planning Board, ANSPPB, Barrister Chike Maduekwe in his office.
Mr. Ayinde, who is a former Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, added that a regional physical plan will help improve road connectivity within and outside Anambra State.
The National President disclosed that the institute has been embarking on a nationwide tour, adding that Anambra was the 17th state it had visited since the present administration was inaugurated in October, 2020.
Responding, the Chairman, Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Barrister Maduekwe commended the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners for their contributions to national development with regards to town planning.
Barrister Maduekwe said Anambra State was open to tapping from the wealth of knowledge of the professionals as it is vital in fostering the urban and rural development goals of the state.
Members of the group also paid a visit to Nnamdi Azikiwe University where they met with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Esimone, who commended the institute for espousing University-Industry Relations with the goal of solving industry based problems.
Also in the entourage were the second Vice President of the institute, Mr. Ogbonnaya Chime, the Anambra State Chapter Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Ifemedebe and Professor Chiedu Okoye of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, among others.