TOPREC inaugurates practice monitoring committee to end collapsed buildings, others in Enugu

Members of Professional Monitoring Committee of TOPREC, Enugu State, headed by Enugu State Representative, Tpl. Alex. N. Ogbodo(second right); Director, Enugu State Town Planning services, Tpl. Jeremiah Egbonwonu(middle); Tpl. Philip Arum(second left) ; Tpl. Mrs. Juliet lbekwe(right) and Mrs. Roseline Offu(left) after inauguration of the committee in Enugu recently.

Worried by the incessant cases of building collapse as well as illegal to construction on water ways, the Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC), has inaugurated a committee saddled with the responsibility to identify, control, monitor illegal developments and eliminate quackery in the practice of town planning profession in all its ramifications in Enugu State.

The committee, christened Professional Monitoring Committee, according to the acting president of TOPREC, Tpl. Ezekiel Gunn, is to forestall cases of building collapses, illegal constructions on water pipelines and water ways, as well as power lines in the state and the country at large.

Gunn, who inaugurated the Enugu State committee at the state Ministry of Lands and Urban Development, Enugu, on Tuesday, maintained that the committee would also ensure that quacks are made to face the laws in Federal High Court, adding however that they would identify good conducts for commendation as well as ensure that culpable members are sanctioned accordingly.

Other terms of reference as read out by the president included: “To receive and consider petitions/complaints and investigate un-ethical practices.

“To ensure that all identified illegal physical developments are meted with regulatory sanctions eg. Removal, Demolition and Restoration of the site(s) to its original state prior to commencement of work, etc in line with the aforementioned extant laws triable in Federal High Court”.

Gunn, who was represented at the event by the Enugu State Representative in TOPREC, Tpl. Alex Ogbodo, lamented the frequent cases of building collapses, illegal constructions on waterways, which had disrupted public water supply as well as other infringements on the construction law in the state.

While stating that the trend was a loss to the state and nation’s economy, he disclosed that the committee would henceforth, ensure strict compliance of stamp usage on all jobs and disburse stamps only to Registered Town Planners (RTP) in accordance with the code of conduct and practice regulations of TOPREC. 

The acting president therefore, disclosed that the committee would be visiting project sites to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements in physical constructions.

According to him, the regulations would not only achieve best practices in town planning professional practice but also assist the state government in achieving the vision of a resilient new Enugu State with ease.

The committee has TOPREC Representative, Enugu State, Tpl. Alex. N. Ogbodo, fnitp as Chairman with NITP State Chapter Chairman; Director of Enugu State Town Planning services, Tpl. Jeremiah Egbonwonu; Tpl. Dr. Anierobi Christopher; Tpl. Philip Arum; Tpl. Mrs. Juliet lbekwe and Mrs. Roseline Offu, as members.

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