FG Collaborates with UN-Habitat to Advance Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Initiative
Last week, the Federal Government initiated discussions with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to explore multilateral funding and technical support for the forthcoming National Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Programme. Convened at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development headquarters in Abuja, the meeting aimed to strengthen collaboration and enhance living conditions in Nigeria's urban areas. The objective is to transform informal settlements into thriving, integrated neighborhoods, providing access to vital services while curbing the growth of slums.
Also on the agenda was Nigeria's annual commitment of $250,000 to the UN-Habitat Support Office (UN-HAPSO) in Nigeria. Minister of Housing and Urban Development
, Ahmed Dangiwa, who met with the UN-Habitat delegation led by Oumar Sylla, Director of the Regional Office for Africa, affirmed Nigeria's dedication to meeting its obligations. Dangiwa noted that the Federal Government has taken steps to fulfill its statutory contribution, which experienced delays during the transition to a new administration.
Furthermore, he emphasized that ongoing financial backing for UN-Habitat’s office in Nigeria will enable the office to effectively provide technical support services to housing and urban development stakeholders in the country.
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Dangiwa pointed out that UN-Habitat's new vision, "a better quality of life for all in an urbanizing world," strongly aligns with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration. He called on UN-Habitat to support the ministry's ambitious plans to expand access to decent, quality, and affordable housing for all Nigerians, including those in the low and medium-income segments.
"We are relying on UN-Habitat to continue offering its technical support to the ministry as the focal point for implementing Sustainable Development Goal 11, which aims to create safe, resilient, and sustainable towns and cities. Additionally, we would like UN-Habitat's collaboration in advancing the SDGs, particularly in mobilizing multilateral funding for our Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Programme and the New City Development Project," he stated.
Dangiwa expressed gratitude to UN-Habitat for their assistance in reviewing the National Urban Development Policy (NUDP) and assured of the ministry's commitment to finalize and adopt the document with the organization's technical support.
He emphasized that this meeting marks the commencement of a new, more robust, innovative, and impactful partnership between the two parties. This partnership aims to fully harness the potential and capacities of UN-Habitat in realizing the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. In response, Sylla, the head of the UN-Habitat delegation, assured the minister that the 2023-2027 work plan of UN-Habitat for Nigeria will indeed align with the priorities of the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration.
The visit of UN-Habitat’s delegation coincides with the ministry's ongoing efforts to facilitate affordable homeownership
for more Nigerians while also fostering sustainable cities and upgrading slums across the country. The ministry intends to leverage this partnership with UN-Habitat to expedite the sustainable implementation of its housing and urban development plans.
Dangiwa called for a series of future engagements with UN-Habitat to ensure that the activities and programs outlined in any forthcoming work plan align with the priorities of the current administration as mandated to the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.