Otunba Remi Makinde, the 11th president of the Nigeran Institute of Town Planners (NITP), has passed on.
Makinde, 81, died in the early hours of Sunday, April 25, 2021 after a brief illness.
The deceased, who headed the NITP between 1994 and 1996, was a leading light in the practice of the town planning profession.
Born in July 1939 in Oyo State, Makinde graduated as a town planner in 1971 from the University of Melbourne, Australia and had 22 years of leadership position in the profession.
He designed master plans for Lagos Metropolitan, Victoria Garden City Estate (VGC), development plan for Ore in Ondo State, Bwari (a satellite town in Abuja), and Victoria Court Cemetery.
Makinde was also the executor of the Urban Renewal and Flood Intervention Studies for Ife East Local Government sponsored by Urban Development Bank of Nigeria Plc.
Additionally, he was also pioneer Chairman of Irewole Local Government Town Planning Authority in Oyo State, and a recipient of about 100 merit awards in his calling, among other accomplishments.
In a statement, Dr. David Olawale, National Publicity Secretary, Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON), said: “The National President, Niyi Odetoye, on behalf of NEC and National Council, commiserates with the family of Aderemi Makinde (FNITP, PPNITP) and Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON) on his demise early hours of today Sunday, April 25, 2021. Until his demise, he was the Head of Frontline Consultants Limited, Lagos.
“May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and grant the family fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”