The National Assistant Publicity Secretary, Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, Mr.Dan Sani, has called on government at all levels to enforce environmental planning laws to enhance the health and well-being of citizens.
Sanni who made the call at a press conference to mark the 2016 World Planners Day themed: “Planning around the World You Live” in Lokoja said it was not enough to have laws that are not kept or enforced.
“We are appealing to governments to make the laws operational to ensure that our cities, towns and villages are well planned because the health and lifespan of a people is determined by their particular environment. “There is interplay between us and the environment we live.
Even our lifespan is tied to the environment we live. So, how our environment is planned is the engine that determines the functionality of our body organs.
“A well-planned environment that is pollution free, traffic free, congestion free and stress free tend to guarantee long life and there is need for government to ensure compliance with laws that gurantee these’’, he added.
Sani explained that while mistakes of other professions are forgotten and pass away with time, every mistake made in planning the environment lives with the people and usually have adverse effects on our existence”, he said.
Also speaking, Mr. Dan Alonge, state chairman of Nigeria Institute of Town Planners urge Nigerians to allow professional planners to plan their environment saying that often times people resist planners when they want to do their job.
Alonge urged government to exhibit the political will to allow planners plan the environment and also called on planners to take the profession to higher heights by upholding the professional ethics.