Vanguard (Lagos)

16 January 2013

Nigeria: Clean Environment Leads to Economic Growth - Prof. Aluko

The concept of sustainable cities has been said to be closely interconnected with environment and economy and the safeguard of natural resources, which in turn leads to minimum acceptable quality of life.

Prof. Bioye Tajudeen Aluko who was the guest lecturer at the 6th Oba Abimbola Annual Memorial Lecture, organised by the Ife Varsity Saki Students' Union which took place at the Saki Town Hall with the theme; The Making of a Sustainable City - Concept, Characteristics, Stakeholders, Issues and Challenges, the expert in estate management and senior lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife said that clean environment and economic growth are complementary to each other, as they both result in a vibrant community who see themselves as stakeholders in all aspects of daily life.

Emphasizing that the core areas inhabited by the indigenes are characterised by problems associated with haphazard development, poor access and drainage system, improper refuse dumps and a critical dearth of community and allied recreational facilities, he asserted that more frightening and discernible are the general human and environmental poverty and the declining quality of life.

He noted that the base map and master plans have to be updated for a city to be renewed or rejuvenated. He added that the frustration of professionals in a city can be imagined in the absence of a standardized zoning arrangement, the framework of which a city plan would have been provided.

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