Climate change: Lawlessness, Poor planning Nigeria’s nemesisNigeria
The President, Nigerian Institute of Architects, Mr. Olatunji Bolu, has identified Nigerian’s penchant for disobeying rules and regulations as well as poor planning as major factors that had contributed to making the country vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Speaking in Ibadan, recently, at a birthday lecture in honour of Ezekiel Fakoya and Adewuyi Ojo, two distinguished veterans of the architectural profession in the country, Olumide stated that disorderliness in all spheres of lives in the country remained a great challenge in the nation’s fight against the effects of climate change.
“Nigeria should graduate from a nation where order is not seriously thought about to a nation where order is order. If we have done pedestrian walkways for people, it should be for people, it shouldn’t be for traders. If we have done roads that are two lanes, it should be for cars, it shouldn’t be for packing.
These are some of the issues we must seriously talk about and it is not only the architects that must talk about it, it is everybody, all stakeholders must work to make Nigeria a nice place,” he said.
The NIA boss noted that disorderliness and poor environment had deprived the nation of foreign exchange and goodwill, saying that “If we don’t have an orderly society, we don’t have a clean environment, we don’t have an environment free of natural and man-made disasters, then there is a problem.”
He called on all professionals, especially those in the built industry, to work together to tackle climate change through ensuring a properly planned, clean and orderly environment. He called on architects to start thinking beyond buildings, in a bid to save the environment.
Delivering a paper on the occasion, entitled Climate change: Designs, implications and precautions, Dr. Mrs. A.A. Oketola of the Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, noted that though climate change had come to stay, it was still in the powers of individuals, groups and the government to influence its effects, saying that “we are all part of the solution.”
She stated that human activity remained the greatest factor responsible for climate change and challenged industries to continuously evolve ways of balancing increased and diverse production activities with environmental protection.
The university don also pointed at poverty and economic problems issues for governments, especially in the developing economies, to look into, adding that governments had roles to play in getting citizens to have the right attitude towards preventing effects of climate change.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State chapter of the NIA has stated that the organisation of a birthday lecture to honour two of the icons of the architectural profession, Oludayo Ezekiel Fakoya and Adewuyi Ojo, was in recognition of the roles played by both in taking the nation’s architecture to the present enviable state. Chapter chairman, Folu Bademosi, urged upcoming architects to emulate the industry, uprightness and dynamism found in the two elderly men in order to succeed in their chosen career.
Ezekiel O. Fakoya, was born in 1930 in Igbile Ijebu and had his School Certificate Examination at the Abeokuta Grammar School in 1949. He also studied at the Northern Polytechnic, London and the London Architectural Association School of Tropical Studies, both on scholarship.
Adewuyi O. Ojo, was born in 1925, in Ibadan and passed out with the Cambridge School Certificate from Ibadan Grammar School in 1947. He was at Yaba Technical Institute and the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York, United States of America for further studies in Architecture.
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