Experts urge govt. to use master plans during constructions

Nigerian housing experts are asking people to follow master plans.

Consequence of building without a master plan

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigerian housing experts are asking the government to follow master plans as they are necessary for urban and housing developments.

This is because constructions without master plans do not last, thereby causing severe housing challenges.

Director, Heights of Hope: Centre for Women and Children Development, (HHCW&CD), Mrs. Morenike Babalola, spoke on the need for the government to follow master plans.

“The master plans need to be reviewed, many cities have no master and structural plans, these are the things that guide development. Lagos is running over a century and Abuja is about 35 years. If you give Abuja another 70 years and if we are not conscious of the planning, it may not be able to absorb the problems and challenges being faced by Lagos state. It is so because the infrastructure that is supposed to be in place in Abuja since 2000 had not yet been completed. We are supposed to be in phase five development up to airport down to satellite towns. But we are still developing phase two whereas the infrastructure in phase one is already dilapidating."

Director, Initiative for the Support and Promotion of Human Shelter (ISPHS), Mr. Desmond Chieshe, also spoke on the consequences of not following master plans.

“Due to constant rural urban drift, it will be very difficult to manage the city if it is not well planned."

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