The Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako- Oyedele has attributed non-compliance with physical planning regulations and laws in the course of construction of buildings by people, as major hindrance to infrastructural development.
Engr. Salako-Oyedele who made this known while delivering an address at the sixth Waheed Kadiri annual lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), held in Abeokuta, with the theme, ‘’Food Security in Nigeria: Impetus for Growth and Development’’, said the situation had led to the deterioration of housing conditions and equally prevented provision of adequate infrastructural facilities, which in turn have adverse consequences on physical planning, as well as food security.
She stressed that the present administration was committed to providing enabling environment for the people to prosper, adding that a well-fed populace would not only be easy to govern, but contribute positively and meaningfully to the development of the society.
“Apart from providing necessary equipment to support our farmers and others in agric-business, we are committed to tackle the challenges of food security and ensure a holistic development of our dear State. This administration sees the Agricultural sector as an avenue for massive employment generation.
“Let me assure you that plans have reached advanced stage for a scheme in partnership with the Federal Government called the Out-Grower Scheme. Under this scheme, 10,000 of our youths will be provided with land, which will go a long way in replacing our aging farming as well as a veritable approach towards ensuring food security”, the Deputy Governor explained.
In his welcome address, the Chairman NITP, Ogun State Chapter, TPL. Oladunjoye Arowosegbe, said the theme of the lecture was timely, noting that food security was a multi-dimensional phenomenon with economic, environmental and social aspects.
He said that any system where food demand does not match with supply risked food crisis, pointing out that Nigeria was still far from being completely food sufficient.
The Guest Speaker, Professor Idris Ayinde, said, despite international organizations’ efforts on food security, the number of undernourished people in the world had been on increase since 2014, saying for Nigeria to develop, food security must be sustained through increase in production activities in the industrial mining, metallurgy sub-sector, as no country could achieve socio-economic growth without the development of its agricultural sector.
Prof Ayinde also added that food insecurity in Nigeria was currently at alarming rate, calling for government’s urgent intervention, as the state of food insecurity in Nigeria was characterised by chronic and hidden hunger, extreme poverty, corruption, conflict events and unfavourable climate change.
In his remarks, the former National President of the Institute, Tpl Waheed Kadiri, appreciated government’s readiness to put an end to food insecurity in the State and Nigeria at large.