The Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC) has commissioned its new corporate headquarters in Abuja, located in Jahi District.
The Minister of Works and Housing, who was represented by the Minister of State, Umar El-Yakub, who performed the commissioning, said TOPREC was established by the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria CAP T7, LFN 2004 (formerly Decree 3 of 1988) to regulate and control the practice of the profession of physical planning.
He said since its institution over 30 years ago TOPREC’s activities had been geared towards engendering functional, productive and sustainable physical planning activities in Nigeria and focusing on averting chaos, preventing environmental and climate crises and generally instilling order in our urban space.
The minister said with the befitting new corporate structure now in place the former challenges of inadequate and functional operating office space for TOPREC staff and council members had been resolved.
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The President of TOPREC, Isiyaku M. Kura, said the edifice comprised a 500-capacity conference room, a library, store, a generator house, a store, water reservoir and a landscaped exterior, noting that the office complex would provide office accommodation to the president, registrar and his deputy, accountant, auditor, and other staff.
The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, represented by the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, said the building and commissioning of the new office complex was apt and coming at a time the FCT Administration (FCTA) was resounding issues of controlling and regulating professional practice in the built environment.