‘’It is a perfect fit’’ is the chorus trailing the appointment of the new Lagos state commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Salako Idris.
And a peep into the background of Idris who holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning reveals why.
Idris isa fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners and a member of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON).
A through Lagos born and bred, Idris earned a Bachelor of Technology in Urban and Regional Planning, the Federal University of Technology Akure and he obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the same field [Urban, Regional Planning] at the University of Lagos State.
Idris who is the Managing Partner at Adesanya Salako & Associates commenced his career in urban and rural planning as an Estate officer at Jide Taiwo & Co. between 1997-1998. He joined Hussplan Consult – Planning Practice as a Town Planner in 1998. He was an Environmental Officer at b-Environmental between 2001-2010.
A ‘’better life for the people’’ oriented individual, Idris, 51 (Born 11 October 1968) joined the public sector between 2001-2003 as a Town Planning Officer at Oshodi-Isolo Local Planning Authority.
He established Adesalako & Associates in 2004, where he has managed, conceptualised as well as executed several projects in Nigeria.
A walkthrough of some of these highly impacting projects read Ikorodu Sub-Region Master Plan (2016-2036), Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development (2016); Large/medium/Small Scale Agro-Industrial Parks, at Imota Ikorodu, Mowo, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Ibeju-Lekki, Ijanikin, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Lagos State Government (2013-2015);
Preparation of Development Schemes for the Redevelopment of Agbado Oke Odo Unity Market, Alagbado Lagos State,2013; Development of an Environmental Preservation Control and Conservation Database for the Niger Delta; Preparation of Environmental Impact Analysis Report/Planning Technical Study Reports for the New Tejuosho Market (Phase 1); Medium and Large Scale Industrial Park, Ilara-Igbonla, Epe, Ministry of Commerce and industry, Lagos State Government (2014); Project Manager, Ogun State Sub Regional Plan (Ogun Watershed and Ijebu East Local Governments-Sub-Region 5) 2007; Preparation of Development Schemes for the Redevelopment of Kuyasin Awuse Market and the New Kotangowa Market, Lagos State, (2009); Development plan for a Leprosarium at Ijebu Itele, by the Redeemed Christian Church of God ; Project Planner, Ogun State Sub Regional Plan (Ogun Watershed and Ijebu East Local Governments, 2006)
Societynow.ng learned his rich pedigree – educational, professional and life experiences – is the reason the chorus ‘’round peg in a round hole’’ is trailing Salako Idris’ appointment as the new Lagos state commissioner for Planning & Urban Development.
Those who know him are already staking their reputation that Idris will perform beyond expectations in the new task given him by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.