Give Proper Attention to Physical Planning, NITP Charges Authorities
Authorities of Tertiary Institutions have been called upon to work hand in glove with various Industries, through impartation and focusing on practical solutions to societal problems in their thesis instead of being theoretical at all times in order to help students advance in the various fields, thereby matching the town and the gown together.
A onetime commissioner for Physical and Urban Development in Lagos State and incumbent National President of the National Institute of Town Planners, TPL Olutoyin Ayinde made the call during a courtesy visit with his team to the office of the Rector on Thursday 15th of July, 2021.
TPL Olutoyin Ayinde, who noted that planning was basic to life, said that his nationwide tour was to draw the attention of administrators to the state of Physical Planning in Nigeria and as well find ways to proffer solutions to challenges.
The NITP National President stated that the limited nature of the resources we have in Nigeria has led to various inter communal and herder/farmer clashes, hence, the need for government at all levels to do the needful by making available public housing policies that would solve the problems arising in the society.
TPL Olutoyin also urged Tertiary Institutions across Nigeria, especially Polytechnics to work towards getting equipment and facilities such as the digital rooms, studio works for practice in order to produce fully baked students.
He further enjoined Institutional authorities to liaise with industries to bring project topics on issues arising in the country, noting that such would help the students to be abreast of the things happening around them and in turn form an Inter- disciplinary cooperation among them to achieve greater things in the future.
In his welcome address, the Rector, Dr. Dayo Oladebeye appreciated the NITP National President and his team for having the interest of the Polytechnic at heart and for deeming it fit to come and discuss on the Physical Planning and development of the Institution,
Dr. Oladebeye, who was represented by the Deputy Rector in charge of Academics, Mr. Olusegun Dada stated that planning had been a very important tool in any organisation and the Polytechnic was already renowned for its outstanding position in the place of Industrial and Technological development.
The Rector stated that the Institution is purely practical – oriented, as there are professionals, who are involved in the accreditation of the courses, well-trained lecturers who would ensure that the students are trained as professionals before going into the society.
He further highlighted some of the issues the Institution is facing and therefore called on the Federal Government to give proper attention to the development of the Polytechnic as many facilities and infrastructure are needed to train and produce great minds.