Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has called for the partnership and support of the Architects in architectural designs to develop the state from a mega city to a smart city.
Ambode, represented by Mr Remi Adebo, the Assistant Director, Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, made the call at the opening of the 2018 Lagos Architects Forum (LAF) in Lagos.
The forum, which was organised by the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Lagos Chapter, had the theme: “Lagos 9.0 – Architectural Regeneration 1 – The Lagos Response’’.
Ambode said that urban regeneration and development could not be achieved without the efforts and services of the architects, saying that architects had vital roles in the development of a city.
He urged the architects to take up challenges hindering the development of the state and deliberate on its solutions at the forum.
“It is our goal to provide an environment sustainable and comparable to any around the world. And we cannot do this alone but with the help of professionals such as the architects, to partner with us to achieve this goal.
“No doubt, without architects in a city, the city will be boring and chaotic.
“It is our dream that all architects have a place in the Lagos history of today and with the help of the government, we plead to support you and your great initiatives,’’ Ambode said.
Mr Njoku Adibe, the President of NIA, enjoined architects and participants to seize the opportunities of seminars, exhibitions and lectures of the forum to develop their professional skills.
Njoku said that LAF 2018 would unleash various new building materials and methodologies that could be harnessed to expand professional skills and competence.
According to him, new dimension to building materials and methodologies can make the building construction industry and architectural work more appreciated.
Earlier, Mr Fitzgerald Umah, the Chairman of NIA, Lagos Chapter, identified increased patronage of quacks due to tough economy as a challenge that could hinder effective operation of the professionals in the development of a sustainable environment.
Umah said there was a growing lack of awareness of the role of professionals, saying that architects needed to be more responsive and adaptive to the situation to survive.
“Many clients do not see why they should pay more for `pieces of paper’ when a guy down the road can do it for one-tenth of the price.
“They believe this will leave them with more money for actual construction in these austere times,’’ he said.