The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Engr. Oluwole Sotire has implored Town Planners recently employed by the State Government to be forthright in the discharge of their duties and eschew any act capable of bringing the reputation of the State Government to disrepute.

Sotire gave the charge while addressing the new employees at an in-house training organised for them and held at the Headquarters of Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), on Monday, advising them to see themselves as representatives of the State Government who must conduct themselves in the most professional manner. 

In his words: “It is important for you to know that your actions and reactions will now be attributed to the State Government because you will be taking decisions on behalf of the government and this calls for serious caution on your part. You must also be diligent and forthright in all your undertakings”.

He challenged the new employees to bring new innovations and ideas that would lead to better service delivery and make the vision of the Authority and the Ministry a lot easier to achieve, saying that the culture of doing things in the same old way over the years must not deprive them of making useful suggestions and bringing new ideas to Physical Planning activities in the State.

Earlier, the General Manager of LASPPPA, Tpl. Kehinde Osinaike urged the new Town Planners to see themselves as the new face of town planning in Lagos State and be determined to change the negative narrative usually attributed to town planners from their first interface with the public.

He warned them against misconduct and unruly behaviour, stressing that any untoward attitude on their part can bring about serious sanctions including dismissal from the employment of the State Government.

“We are all professionals, so let us be professional by doing things according to laid down procedures and in accordance with the law. Endeavour to seek guidance and advice from your colleagues whenever you are confused about any aspect of the work processes”, he added.

Osinaike also reminded them of the policy of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development where emphasis is placed on whistleblowing, just as he urged them to report observations of building infractions even those within their locality.

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