Wife of the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Hajia Hadiza El –Rufai, has commended the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy, Major General MT Ibrahim on the level of infrastructural development within the Academy. Hajia Hadiza made the commendation while delivering her goodwill message at a public lecture titled, “The future of Urban Development in Nigeria and the challenges of development control mechanism”, organized by the NDA Publications Committee in collaboration with the Department of Geography and the Centre for Energy and Environment of the NDA.
Being her first visit to the Academy, Hajiya Hadiza said she was equally impressed with the efforts the Academy has made to arganise such an important event, which she described as timely, particularly at a time when the society is undergoing stages of development.
Wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Hadiza El – Rufai, giving her goodwill message during the public lecture organized by the NDA Publications Committee
In his remarks, the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy, Major General MT Ibrahim attributed some of the challenges being faced by most of our urban centres to the hazard nature development is carried out in our society, especially in terms of infrastructural development. He therefore called on stakeholders in the area of development to always come up with a blue print before embarking on any developmental quest.
Further in his remarks, the Commandant thanked the wife of the governor for gracing the event despite her tight schedules. He also appreciated the guest lecturer, for a well researched presentation, describing him as a man of intellectual depth, whose enthusiasm is infectious.
Commandant NDA maj Gen MT Ibrahim addressing participants at a public lectures.
On his own part, the Guest Lecturer, Professor Williams B Qurix, in his presentation gave a critical assessment on urban development in Nigeria against the backdrop of a changing population and growth.
Prof WB QURIX, presenting a lecture at the professor Mahmood yakubu hall, NDA Kaduna
Citing example with a number of selected states in Nigeria, which include Kaduna, Abuja and Lagos, the guest lecturer revealed that urban growth in these states have overstretched the state of critical basic infrastructure in the cities and the mechanisms of development control seem ineffective in stemming growth, thereby leading to unplanned development. Furthermore, Professor Qurix added that neglect on the part of government to put in place genuine plans to develop the rural areas is one amongst the various factors responsible for a large number of urban population density in the country, which has contributed to most of social vices the society is battling with today. To address some of these Challenges associated with our urban centres, Professor Quirix advocated for a synergy among the government development agencies which includes the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KADSUPDA), Kaduna State Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA), Kaduna Public Works Agency (KAPWA) and Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Agency (KASTELEA) to synergize and come up with a development control manual that would give guideline information, as well as set up monitoring and evaluating units to ensure compliance to development control guidelines. To tackle some of the challenges associated with our urban centre, Professor Qurix recommended that the development agencies should be strengthened to dispense good governance and should be independent to the extent of planning both the physical and socio economic environment. Other recommendations include reordering of priority in revenue generation and funding for critical infrastructure, urban aesthetics, crime management and social consensus among others.
In their separate remarks the managing Director KATSELEA, Colonel AZ Ahmed (rtd) and the MD KADSUPDA, Arch Fausat Ibikunle, assured the esteemed audience of their readiness to key into and attend to the development control issues and activities within the state to make it a better place for all.
Cross Section of some participants at the NDA Public Lecture on Development Control Mechanisms
The lecture which drew participants from within and outside the Academy dealt extensively with some of the Challenges associated with most of our urban cities in Nigeria with some proffered recommendations.