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  • Updated: December 03, 2023

UI Don makes case for urbanization masterplan for Iseyin development

UI Don makes case for urbanization masterplan for Iseyin dev

A Professor of Urban and Re­gional Planning in the University of Ibadan, Prof. Bolanle Wahab, has made case for stakeholders in the development of Iseyin communi­ty to consider an urbanisation mas­terplan that will speed up needed growth of the people.

Wahab who stated this at the Pio­neer Movement, Iseyin’s (PMI’s) annual lecture/scholarship and teachers’ awards, which held at Iseyin City Hall on Saturday, highlighted the positive and negative effects of a community’s change from an ancient town to an urbanised city to include increase in com­mercial activities and business opportunities which will lead to rise in crime and poor residence layout plan.

The don in a lecture titled, ‘Oppor­tunities and Challenges of Ur­banisation’, added that the establishment of the College of Agricultural Science and Renewable Natural Resources of the Ladoke Akin­tola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) and two private polytechnic campuses in the town had led to influx of students and people who had started different businesses in the community.

He charged resi­dents of Iseyin, whose means of survival were attached to local crafts like Aso-Ofi weaving, alu­minum pots, goldsmith, among others, to put more effort into their works so that outsiders would enter into the businesses and take them over.

He listed areas where the masterplan would cover to in­clude security, town planning, economic development, employ­ment growth, education and healthcare support programs among others.

He also lamented the mass ex­odus of farmers from the hinter­lands to Iseyin as urbanisation started taking place, leading to shortage in farming hands and food production and urged members of Pioneer Movement, Iseyin (PMI) to lead a crusade to bring about an urbanisation masterplan for Iseyin commu­nity.

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