In continuation of the golden jubilee celebration of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, the Oyo State chapter upped the ante on September 7, 2016, when they hosted the crème la d crème of the society at the North Campus Assembly Hall of the Polytechnic Ibadan.
The well attended event which was chaired by the highly revered Ekerin Olubadan, Chief Kola Daisi, was a veritable platform for the State Chapter of NITP to roll out the carpet to fete and honour some of their own, blow a little bit of their own trumpet and advocate for a smooth working relationship between government at all levels and town planners for a better and well planned society.
The amiable and hardworking chairman of Oyo State of NITP, Tpl. Kola Lawal was full of smiles as his chapter officially unveiled and launched a book he co-edited with Tpl. Labi Agboola. Titled Physical Planning In Nigeria: The Oyo State Experience; the book explores the business of town planning, its importance and contribution to the society, as well as the events that led to the formation of the body of town planners in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Still euphoric with the successful commissioning of a commemorative 30 seater Golden Jubilee Arcade/Students Sit-Out which was donated to the Polytechnic Ibadan by his state Chapter the previous day and dedicated by the Ag. National President of the body, Tpl. Lukas Achi, the chairman and his members also honoured some of their founding members and top notch professionals.
The awards recipients are eminent citizens like the executive governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajumobi, the late founding father of NITP, Tpl. (Chief) Solomon Tokun, the first general secretary of NITP and the only surviving member of the nine founding fathers of the institute, Tpl. (Chief) Goke Adediran (aka the last man standing), the late Tpl. (Prof) Gabriel Onibokun, Tpl. (Chief) Dosu Babatunde, Tpl (Chief) Akanni Ojebode and the amiable and fearless Tpl (Prof) Olayiwola Egunjobi JP.
In a collaborative effort that portends a better future for tomorrow’s town planners, the event witnessed a massive array of exhibition mounted by town planning students from various polytechnics in the South Western axis including the host polytechnic. Some of the models and sketches were simply spectacular and awe-inspiring in their detailed creativity. It was a day to remember, especially for the awardees and entire members of the Oyo State chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners