The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Hon. Adefulire Orelope-Adefulire, has called on all stakeholders in the environment and physical planning industry to collaborate to forestall a re-occurrence of the devastating floods that ravaged different parts of the country in the recent past.
Orelope-Adefulire, who was speaking while receiving 'Women in Surveying' the women wing of the Nigeria Institute of Surveyors (NIS), in her office, noted that to tackle the problem of floods, all the relevant professionals, the town planners, surveyors, physical planning authorities, drainage engineers and other relevant professionals must come together and provide the framework for government to tackle the problem.
"Unless all the stakeholders in the environment come together and provide the direction where necessary, the problem of flood may re-occur. The town planners, physical planning authorities, environmentalist and other professionals in this area must strategise and come up with the framework that can assist government in formulating policy that can help us tackle this problem," Adefulire stated.
She added that the state, despite being a coastal state, was able to survive the rampaging floods due to the timely intervention initiatives of the state government and the collaborative efforts of all relevant and concerned agencies.
The Deputy Governor enjoined the NIS to continue to provide the necessary platform for discussion on issues that affect the environment, while also availing the government of their expertise in ensuring the proper planning of the land mass.
She noted that Geographical Information System (GIS) put in place by the state government has assisted the surveyors operating in the state to perform better and more efficiently compared to what was obtainable in the past, adding that the government would continue to provide the enabling environment and deploy modern technologies to assist professionals in the state.
Earlier, the National Coordinator of WIS, Mrs Augustina Anobili, said the forum, which was established in 2009 was formed to provide a meeting platform for women, who have found themselves in a male dominated field, while also contributing to the development of the profession.
She said the group usually held an annual conference, where issues germane to the development of the country were discussed, while also providing a policy guide for government agencies.
She disclosed that this year's conference which will hold in Abuja will have as its theme: 'Role of Surveyors in Environmental Sustainability'.
Highlight of the visit was the presentation of an invitation to the Deputy Governor to attend the Year 2013 conference of the 'Women in Surveying'.