Ogun Govt Trains Town Planners On Legal Matters To Reduce Litigation - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, August 5, 2022

Ogun Govt Trains Town Planners On Legal Matters To Reduce Litigation

Ogun State Government has trained  Town Planners in the state on how to ensure compliance with the rule of law in the discharge of their duties, so as to reduce incidences of litigation against the State Government  to the barest minimum.

The State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Town Planner  Olatunji Odunlami speaking during a training organized by the Ministry of Justice in Abeokuta for the officers on “Official Response to Litigation Matters’’ , said training and re-training of staff on legal matters would ensure efficient service delivery .

Odunlami, represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Town Planner  Kamoru Ogunfowora noted that any action taken in contravention of the law could have a negative impact on the citizens and the government alike.

Speaking, one of the facilitators, a Chief State Counsel, Mrs. Abiodun Odukoya, said petitions and court processes sent to the Ministry should be directed to the Ministry of Justice for prompt action, adding that it was essential that legal matters be handled with urgency so that petitions could be resolved without foot-dragging.

Contributing, another Chief State Counsel, Mrs. Oluwakemi Dankuwo reiterated that the activities of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development were governed by the Ogun State Urban and Regional Planning Law 2006, advising the Town Planners to be conversant with the law.

“If Town Planners follow the law to the latter in the discharge of their duties, including serving of notices correctly, allowing the appropriate duration of notices, keeping the documents appropriately for future reference, and even arbitrating third-party petitions to the Ministry, then cases that require litigation will reduce, while those cases that proceed to court can be better defended”, Mrs. Dankuwo asserted.

She highlighted the need for due diligence in granting permits and approvals, as well as regular inspections so that the functions of the Ministry could be carried out without affecting members of the public negatively.

Some of the participants, TPL. Rufus Talabi and TPL. Olugbenga Olatunji, appreciated the team from the Ministry of Justice for the training, saying it had cleared a lot of gray areas and would help Town Planners provide better services to the public.

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