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.