The National Institute of Town Planners of Nigeria Taraba State Chapter has been called upon to collaborate with the state Government with a view to giving Jalingo the Taraba State capital a befitting outlook.
This was contained in a message delivered by the Secretary To Taraba State Government, Anthony Jellason when the Institute members paid him a courtesy call as part activities marking the 50th anniversary of the Institute.
Anthony Jellason said celebrating 50th anniversary is not easy considering the difficulties the Institute faced up to this present moment and praised her for growing from strength to strength and commended the Taraba State Chapter for starting with just four members and today their membership has increased to 29.
He maintained that modalities would soon be worked out where Government will engage Town Planners positively in planning the environment as well correct some of the anomalies being faced in the citing of infrastructure.
The SSG pointed out that the task ahead is enormous and stressed that there is a serious encroachment on government properties in the state and added that even individuals are not spared from the phenomenon and challenged them to partner with relevant agencies to checkmate the trend.
Anthony Jellason suggested that on a day such as this, the activities should focus more on practical with a view to sensitizing the people on the importance of proper town planning and also assured the association that all their request would be forwarded to the Governor who is also a member of the Institute.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the National Institute of Town Planners Taraba State Chapter, Town Planner Jonah Febuins told the SSG that they are in his office to intimate him on the activities lined up for her 50th-anniversary celebration, which the grand finale is scheduled for 30th October to 1st November 2016 in Abuja.
Jonah Febuins revealed that the Institute started its activities in the state in 1991 with only four registered members but the numbers have risen to 29 and that second quota of 2017 has been earmarked to celebrate its existence in the state.
He enumerated some of the responsibilities of the Institute, which includes, physical development, development control, designs and layouts, preparation and implementation of master plans, preparation of environmental assessment report, preparation of site analysis reports and advocacy for individuals and communities among others.
The Chairman solicited for more involvement of Town planners in the state tertiary Institution such as College of Education, College of Agriculture and other related town planning agencies like SEMA and Ministry of Rural Development to ensure proper implementation and to guide physical development.
Jonah Febuins appealed for more engagement of Town planners in the state civil service for adequate performance and for good coverage of the 20 command areas of the state, requested for a bus to assist the union in attending conferences, seminars, workshops within and outside the state. He also solicited for a befitting office accommodation to afford members of the Institute the opportunity to be efficient and to enhance performance and productivity among members.
He reaffirmed the Institute’s determination to work with the Rescue Mission of Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku to succeed in the state.