Local Planning Authorities To Boost IGR, Says Overare

MICHAEL IKEOGWU
FORMER National President , Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), Chief (DR) Francis Overare, has said that the creation of Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and Urban and Regional Planning Board by the Delta State Government would increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the state.
Overare who made the observation during an interview with the POINTER in Warri said that it was good that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan has risen to the challenge by constituting the agencies after its edict was promulgated in 2003.
While commending Uduaghan for the bold step, the two time commissioner in Delta State (Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Education and Information), stressed the need for the right thing to be done so as to achieve the desired result.
“For instance, we just saw a publication recently on Urban and regional development. We are aware that there is Urban and regional development edicts which has been promulgated since 2003.
It is of concern that nothing has been done about it for some time, but we are so happy that the governor has in his wisdom constituted these Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) which is a very good step in the right direction,” he stated.
Overare who is one of the founding fathers of Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) said, “And that is why we are coming out (APBN) to inform him that we are behind him on his latest achievement because a democratic dispensation rights, the wrong of the past and that is what he has rightly done. Our own contribution to improving what he has done is what we are saying now.”
“From time to time we are going to go to government and present our own position on how the LPAs and the board can be more efficient, especially in revenue generation because the creation of this LAPs and Board will no doubt improve the revenue if the right things are done.
And, the right things consist of the professionals giving advice where to go and make more revenue and giving advice where bye-laws should be made because it is very important that development will be systematic in the State.”