Federal Government has announced plans to review the national urban development policy as well as implement urban renewal and slum across the country. Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola stated this at 2019 World Habitat Day and World Cities Day in Abuja, said the programme will be in partnership with United Nations Habitat.
Babatunde Fashola said the new policy would accommodate issues not captured 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 of sustainable urban development in Nigeria.
“We all have the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and build the type of cities we desire for our good health and well-being, and for that of our future generation.” Fashola also said
According to minister, Muhammadu Buhari administration has not relented in its commitment to making sure that citizens have a better life by addressing the housing and infrastructure challenges.
There are ones establish by unplanned cities which led to increased in slums and shanties
We are working towards creating smart and sustainable cities across the nation,” he emphasised further. He, therefore, listed the various programmes already embarked upon by Federal Government, as on-going national housing programme, and the launch of the national maintenance framework for a public building.
The permanent secretary of the ministry, Mohammed Bukar, said the celebration of the World Cities Day around the world was to enable them to view cities as drivers and incubators of innovations, industries, and technology.
Mohammed Bukar also explained that entrepreneurship and creativity are important components in groundbreaking ways to achieve lasting impacts on the communities, “No one and no place is left behind as we build the future we want.”
The executive director UN-HABITAT, Mrs Maimunah Moh Sharif, in her contribution, called on stakeholders to identify ways to overcome challenges confronting urbanisation in a way that everyone’s life could be improved.
Sharif represented by Human Settlement Officer, Dr Omoayena Odunbaku, noted that cities are the best place of innovation and creativity, assuring that they would be ready to fully support the Federal Government in her bid to create sustainable urbanization.
Senate committee on housing, Senator Sam Egwu represented by his Vice, Senator Oyelola Isa Ashiru, On his part, pledged the Committee’s full support towards achieving sustainable development of the cities.