Get to know more about town planning laws- Ogun Govt

Ogun state government wants town planners in the state to get acquainted with relevant provisions of the law in the discharge of their duties, to reduce incidences of litigation against the government to the barest minimum.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Olatunji Odunlami who stated in Abeokuta at a training for the officers on “Official Response to Litigation Matters’’ organised by the Ministry of Justice, said training and re-training of staff on legal matters would ensure efficient service delivery.

Represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Kamoru Ogunfowora, Mr Odulami noted that any action taken in contravention of the law could have a negative impact on the citizens and the government.

Speaking, one of the facilitators, a Chief State Counsel, Mrs Abiodun Odukoya, said petitions and court processes sent to the Ministry should be directed to the Ministry of Justice for prompt action, adding that it was essential that legal matters be handled with urgency to avoid delay.

Contributing, the Chief State Counsel, Mrs Oluwakemi Dankuwo highlighted the need for due diligence in granting permits and approvals, as well as regular inspections to enable the Ministry to carry out its responsibility without affecting members of the public negatively.

Some of the participants, Mr Rufus Talabi and Mr Olugbenga Olatunji, said the training had cleared a lot of grey areas and would help Town Planners to provide better services to the public.

Olusegun Folarin

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