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From left: Outgoing National Chairperson, Association of Women Town Planners in Nigeria, Mrs Risikat Bello, handing over the staff of office to the incoming chairperson, Mrs Rekiyat Fache, during Fache’s investiture in Abuja on Thursday.

Institute seeks leadership positions for women town planners in MDAs

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By Philip Yatai

Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) has called on governments at all levels to give women town planners opportunities for responsible leadership in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

National President of the institute, Mr Nathaniel Atebije, made the call at the investiture of the National Chairman of Association of Women Town Planners in Nigeria (AWTPN) in Abuja on Thursday.

Atebije said that the women town planners deserved recognition for leadership positions in governance, following the leadership capacity they had acquired and built over the years.

He noted that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) had not had more than five women as Directors of Planning Institutions in its 48 years of existence.

“This applies to almost all states and federal agencies that have not given the female gender the opportunity to excel in their departments.

“Our women have come of age; let us give them the chance to manifest.

“Knowing the humanitarian and benevolent hearts of women, we call on agencies of government and international organisations to kindly collaborate with women in their intervention programmes in communities to ensure the promotion of a liveable world,” he said.

The president also called on communities to assist the government by employing the expertise of town planners, particularly women, for the physical planning of their settlements.

In her inaugural speech, National Chairman of AWTPN, Mrs Rekiyat Fache, said that the association would partner with relevant government agencies and critical stakeholders to move the association forward and contribute to national development.

Fache identified slum upgrading across the federation as one of the major planning interventions of the association.

She also noted that the changing dynamics in climate change required critical thinking and practical solutions to its causative factors.

Fache stated that her leadership would also focus on tree planting as one of the mitigating measures against climate change, including sanitation exercises to clean major cities across the country.

“Similarly, our work plans within the stipulated period are tailored to suit solid waste management and alternative energy from fuel to gas,” she said.

Chairman of the occasion, Mr Isah Shuaibu, said that the investiture created an avenue to reflect on and celebrate the vital contributions of women to urban planning in the country.

According to Shuaibu, the event also symbolises the growing recognition and empowerment of women in shaping the urban fabric of the nation.

He said that the investiture highlighted women’s indispensable role in promoting inclusive and equitable planning processes that respond to the diverse needs of communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the association presented awards to some notable town planners and other critical stakeholders in the town planning sector.

One of the awardees, Dr Jummai Ahmadu, acting Director, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, said that the expertise of women in town planning, if properly tapped, would contribute to restoring Abuja to a global city.

Ahmadu called on the women to work with the FCT Minister, Mr Nyesom Wike, to ensure that Abuja takes its place as the pride city of the nation.

Another award recipient, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, Director, Development Control, FCT Administration, urged the new leaders of the association to embrace integrity, collaboration and learning, all of which he described as enablers of success. (NAN)

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

Philip Daniel Yatai

Principal Correspondent, NAN Abuja
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