The Federal Capital Territory Administration  FCTA has urged members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners to help in tackling the brazen abuses of the Abuja’s Master Plan, by adhering to its professional ethics

The Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister,Mr Ikharo Attah made the appeal today in Abuja during a Roundtable  Discussion when he addressed members of the Institute during a Roundtable Discussion on ” Land Use Change and Challenges of Abuja Master Plan Implementation” to mark the annual week.

Attah said that Town Planners’ roles were  very critical to the development and sustainance of a growing capital city, like Abuja, and must be taken very seriously.

He noted that the integrity of the Abuja’s Master Plan wouldn’t have been gravelly altered , had the Town Planners remained faithful to their professional ethics.

Attah explained that FCT Ministers have given ample opportunities to the Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Umar Shaibu and the Director Development Control, Muktar Galadima who are members of the Institute, to freely  work for the preservation of the Master plan.

Attah,blamed most of the contraventions of Abuja’s urban and regional planning,  illegalities and  even indiscriminate Change of land use in Abuja to Town Planners who compromised standard. He vowed that the administration would remain committed to fighting every threat to its development agenda.

” FCTA is making the appeal to the Town Planners to stand by their professional ethics and do not compromise, but work hard and ensure that they protected the master plan in its entirety and also see themselves as being key to Abuja project.he added.

Also speaking, the Director of FCTA Development Control, Muktar Galadima blamed members of the Institute for the abuses of Abuja’s Master Plan.

Galadima who regretted that some members of the profession were selling of their consciousness for some self selfish ends, also appealed to Town Planners to stop abusing their professional ethics.

Galadima said, ” to a large extent, Town Planners have been privileged and trusted  with the responsible of planning, Coordinating and Management of the FCC and FCT, incidentally, some  of us are performing below expectations.

” Many infractions is supposed to have been identified and nipped in the board, but they looked away from them. This is really unfortunate that is why I feel pained, because a day will come and our children will ask us that such responsibility was given to our position, but look at what you have done.

While responding,the Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, FCT Chapter, Mustapha Mudir, who acknowledged that there were few members who have forsaken their professional ethics, also  appealed to their conscience to remember the that their actions affects lives and refrain from anything that could jeopardise human existence.

According to him, ” We have tried two cases of people we suspected to have compromised our professional ethics and they have faced the music”.

By Fatima Abubakar.