n Thursday 12th March,2020, the National President of the NITP, Tpl. Lekwa Ezutah, FNITP paid a courtesy visit to the Department of Urban and Regional Development (URD), Federal Ministry of Works and Housing at their headquarters in Mabushi, Abuja. With him were 1st National Vice President, Tpl. Toyin Ayinde,FNITP, 2nd National Vice President, Tpl. Nathaniel Atebije, FNITP, National Secretary, Tpl. Patrick Nyam, FNITP, Deputy Registrar TOPREC, Tpl. Samuel Uhiere, MNITP and the Executive Secretary, Tpl. Mbaukaan Eric, MNITP.
The NITP entourage was received by the HOD, URD, Tpl. Olasukanmi Dunmoye, FNITP alongside 4 other Directors namely Tpl. Chike Anikamadu, FNITP, Tpl. M.K. Mohammed, MNITP, Tpl. Edna Tobi MNITP and Tpl. Stephen Olusola, MNITP. Also in attendance were two Deputy Directors, an Assist. Director as well as other senior staff of the Department.
The National President in his address said the purpose of the visit was to interface with the Ministry, the apex Town Planning organ of the Government. He listed the areas of concern as:
The HOD and Directors all expressed their excitement with the visit and took turns to present a number of issues and challenges they face that require collaboration and continues effort and support from the Institute to address. They informed that the bill for the establishment of National Planning Commission at the National Assembly has passed through first reading and will soon go for public hearing and they will inform the Institute when due.
The 1st and 2nd National Vice Presidents responded by clarifying some misunderstandings and encouraged the planners to be committed to the objectives of the NITP, and that they should try and attend monthly meetings and national events and to involve the Institute in the organisation of their events. The HOD thanked the leadership of the Institute for this noble gesture as it was the first of its kind with the ministry. He announced that the Department will be hosting the Slum Summit in April, and the Forum for African Ministers of Housing and Urban Development in October and will want NITP to be involved.