The 50th National Conference/Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) took place at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria from Monday, 28th October to Friday, 1st November 2019 with the theme: “Regenerating Nigerian Cities for Sustainable Development”.
The Conference was declared open by the Governor of Oyo State ably represented by the Head of Service, Alhaja Amidat Ololade Agboola. The keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, Tpl. Dr. Mrs. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu. Goodwill messages were received from the President, Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP), Alfred Kwasi Opoku, FGIP; the Honourable Member of House of Representatives representing Ohafia/Arochukwu Federal Constituency, Tpl. (Hon.) Uko N. Nkole; the President of Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC), Tpl. (Prof.) Layi Egunjobi FNITP and President of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), Tpl. Niyi Odetoye FNITP.
The Conference was attended by over 1000 participants, among whom were stakeholders in the built environment. A total of 14 papers were presented during the conference. These included the lead paper entitled: “Innovation and Sustainable Urban Development in Nigerian Human Settlements”, presented by Dr. Rosemary Omoayena Odunbaku, a Human Settlements Officer with the UN-Habitat. The well researched papers covered salient issues in regeneration of cities for sustainable development and they were duly discussed by the participants who made their observations and recommendations towards achieving regeneration of Nigerian cities.