By Jude Njoku
For effective planning and supervision of building projects in Lagos, the city should be divided in at least 50 zones. Similarly land surveyors who are central in any development plan, should be accorded the prominence they deserve.
These views were canvassed by a Vice President of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planning, NITP, Dr Femi Olomola. Olomola who spoke on the Imperative of development plans preparation in effective land management at the just concluded Lagos Housing Fair, stated that professionals should come together to manage develop in these zones.
According to him, consultants appointed to oversee the various zones should be held responsible for failure to enforce compliance with building regulations and standards. “If this is done, you will now somebody who can supervise and he should be held responsible for a building collapse,” he said. The former Lagos State NITP chairman also posited that all the built environment professions depend on the land surveyors
“Without them, none of the other professions can exist. The administration and management of land starts surveyor. A surveyor must give you a survey plan which will form the basis of your title documentation. There can be no effective land administration without the surveyor; it is just impossible. Unfortunately, surveyors are not getting the right share of the glory in the built environment. They are central in land administration and management but other professions are taking the shine from them,” the NITP 2nd Vice President lamented.
Dr Olomola noted that if you have a surveyed piece of land, litigations on such land will be minimal.
The settlement expert suggested that the position of permanent secretary, Ministry of Lands should be reserved for land surveyors. “A lot of things is going wrong in Lagos State because the right people are not in the right place. It is only the surveyor who can tell us that this is 500 sqm or 100 sqm,” he said.
On the incessant collapse of buildings in the country, Dr Olomola bemoaned the inadequate staffing of Town Planning departments in the country. He noted that many people are building without supervision because the planning departments lack adequate personnel to undertake project monitoring and supervision.