Kwara infrastructures: GIS Executive Chairman meets COREN team; Seeks Collaboration

By Ahmed Lekan Kazeem Jatto

The Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Geographic Information Service (GIS), Mr. Abdulmutalib Shittu, met with the Kwara State Technical Committee (STC) of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, on 5th July, 2022.

The meeting was at the instance of letter written to the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), regarding the restructuring of Physical Planning Authority (PPA); Ministry of Housing & Urban Development, and Geographic Information Service (GIS) in the State.

The COREN team, led by the Chairman of State Technical Committee, Engr. Bashir Atunde Lawal expresses dissatisfaction with the performance of the Physical Planning Authority (PPA), in the face of rapid infrastructural developments across the 16 Local Government of Kwara State.

The STC Chairman spoke extensively on the Nomenclature and Modus Operandi of the Kwara State Geographic Information Service (GIS), and made valid comparisons with what is obtainable in some States of the Federation. He laid emphasis on the importance of Physical Planning to Housing Urban Development, most especially, at this critical hour when High-Rise Buildings and Shopping Malls are springing up at each corner of the State Capital.

The COREN STC Chairman reiterated the need to empower the Physical Planning Authority (PPA) with the necessary tools, man-power and incentives.

While closing his remarks, Engr. Bashir Atunde Lawal appealed to the GIS Boss to see to the implementation of a revised criteria for approval of building construction in the State, by mandating the submission of Structural Designs with Calculation Sheets and Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Services Drawings, duly sealed and signed by a COREN Licensed Engineer, before approval is given to any applicant by the Physical Planning Authority (PPA) under the Geographic Information Service (GIS).

The GIS Boss, Mr. Abdulmutalib Shittu, in his response, clarified issues on the Nomenclature of GIS, its Mandates as a Directorate, and relationship with other MDAs within and outside the State. He explained that GIS was created to mitigate the pressing challenges in the areas of infrastructural developments and control, and to bring sanity to how things are done. He explained to the COREN team on how the GIS officials understudied some States of the Federation, before finalizing its Modus Operandi; stating that the establishing Act of GIS gives room for continuous addition of improving MOP.

He highlighted the achievements recorded so far by the GIS, crediting it to the non-interference of the Executive Governor of the State in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities; while emphasizing the importance of Political-Will in Building and Infrastructural Control.

He informed the COREN team that arrangements has been concluded, and the Physical Planning Authority (PPA) would be getting the necessary tools such as Pale Loaders, Bull-Dozers, etc, before the year runs out; towards ensuring effective discharge of their responsibilities, and have the power and tool to bark and bite. According to him, the PPA and GIS officers are being trained on International Modus Operandi in Building Approval and Control.

Mr. Shittu sought more Collaborations with COREN, with assurance that his doors will remain open to COREN at all times, while give the assurance to work on a revised approving criteria for buildings.

On the COREN STC Team at the meeting are: Engr. Joseph Sunday Adebayo,(NSE National EXCO Member, N/C), Mrs. F.O. Ojo (COREN Area Officer, Ilorin), Engr. A.S. Ekunboyejo, Engr. Mrs. Ajarat and Engr Ahmed Lekan Kazeem.

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