The Federal Government just projected plans to review the national urban development policy as well as implement urban renewal and slum across the country.
This was noted by the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola this at the 2019 World Habitat Day and World Cities Day in Abuja. He said the programme will be in partnership with the United Nations Habitat and that the new policy would accommodate many things that are missing in the old policy.
Represented by the minister of state, Abubakar Aliyu, an engineer, called for a collective reflection, stocktaking and strengthening partnerships, to accelerate action in the pursuit for sustainable urban development in Nigeria.
Hon. Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu (FNSE), at Commemoration of 2019 Urban October, held at NAF Conference Centre, Abuja
Represented by the minister of state, Abubakar Aliyu, an engineer, called for a collective reflection, stocktaking and strengthening partnerships, to speed up action in the pursuit for sustainable urban development in Nigeria.
Fashola also said, “we all have the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and build the cities we desire for our good health and well-being, and for that of our future generation.”
According to the minister, Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has not relented in its commitment to making sure that citizens have a better life by addressing the housing and infrastructure challenges.
While speaking, He highlighted various programmes already embarked upon by the Federal Government as an ongoing national housing programme.
The permanent secretary, Mohammed Bukar, said the celebration of the World Cities Day around the world was to enable them view cities as drivers and incubators of innovations, industries, and technology.
Furthermore, he explained that entrepreneurship and creativity are important components to achieve lasting impacts on the communities.
The executive director, UN-HABITAT, Mrs. Maimunah Moh Sharif, called on stakeholders to identify ways to overcome the difficulties facing urbanisation in a way that everyone’s life could become better.
Sharif represented by the Human Settlement Officer, Dr. Omoayena Odunbaku, noted that cities are the best place of innovation and creativity, assuring that they would be ready to support the Federal Government in her bid to create sustainable urbanization.
The chairman, senate committee on housing, Senator Sam Egwu represented by his Vice, Senator Oyelola Isa Ashiru, pledged the Committee’s full support towards achieving sustainable development of the cities.