BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government has said it is deploying novel initiatives to check the prevalence of quackery and irregularities in the built environment sector.
Isoken Omo, Commissioner for Physical Planning, Urban and Regional Development, made this statement during a visit to her office in Benin City, the capital of Nigeria, by members of the Edo State branch of Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.
Omo committed to maintaining the relationship with the branch. She also promised to contribute her quota for making the institution and its members work in harmony.
She said she has initiated and held several meetings with members of the built environment, and sensitized them on the mandate of her ministry, which includes policy formation, planning and restructuring the sector to reflect government’s plan for the environment.
The commissioner said that the ministry is regularising permits, developing new urban areas, and collating data that would inform the state’s urban and regional development plans.
She challenged the members of the institution, asking them to take advantage of the many areas of collaboration with ministry.
Chairman of the state’s branch of the institution, Austin Aigbekaen lauded the ministry’s contributions to the advocacy drive of the current leadership of the institution, which, he noted, had put the institution on the national map.