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July 10, 2024

NITP, TOPREC demand improved pay, compensation for members

NITP, TOPREC demand improved pay, compensation for members

By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

Members of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners (NITP), and Town Planners Registration Council Of Nigeria (TOPREC), have called for an equitable compensation of planning professionals across all sectors.

This according to the two bodies will help establish and uphold standards and value in their professional engagements.

The National President, Nigeria Institute of Town Planner, NITP, Nathaniel Atebije, made the call on Wednesday, at the 25th edition of the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Program, (MCPDP) held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Building Capacity For Change Management And Compensation In Urban And Regional Planning Practice’, Atebije said, securing an appropriate fee for services rendered speaks directly to the sustainability and growth of the profession.

Atebije, while stressing that the country is experiencing a significant shift in its economic and regulatory environment, urged the planners to unlearn and relearn new strategies to survive the changes.

He explained that embracing new technological tools, strategies and insights will effectively navigate and foster change within the profession.

He said, “Change management is a critical discipline in our rapidly transforming world. It demands understanding, adaptation and a proactive attitude towards emerging challenges and opportunities.

“Nigeria is going through some difficult and significant shifts in its economic, technological and regulatory environments, this should provoke or stimulate our ability to manage and lead through these changes.

“It is also intended to ensure that professionals in Nigeria are rightly compensated. The issue of securing appropriate fees for services rendered speaks directly to the sustainability and growth of our professional community.

“It is essential that we establish and uphold standards that ensure fairness, transparency and value in all our professional engagements.”

According to him, ” It is essential that we establish and uphold standards that ensure fairness, transparency and value in all our professional engagements.

“It is important to ensure that professionals in Nigeria are rightly compensated.

“The issue of securing appropriate fees for services rendered speaks directly to the sustainability and growth of our professional community”.

In his remarks, Isyaku Kura, President of the Town Planners Registration Council Of Nigeria, TOPREC, explained that the professionals deserve salaries and benefits that reflect their expertise, responsibilities and impact.

He argued that the profession is among the few professions that are concerned with total welfare of mankind.

He said, “Our profession is among the few professions that are concerned with the total welfare of mankind.

“Equally important is ensuring fair compensation for the vital work we do. Planning professionals across sectors deserve salaries and benefits that reflect their expertise, responsibilities, and impact.”