FG to Collaborate With Local Governments on Slum Upgrading Program

Nigeria’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is to collaborate with the local government departments of Works, Housing, Transportation and Environment on slum upgrading and Urban Renewal Programme in selected states of the federation.

This was affirmed when the leadership of the National Association of Directors of Local Government Departments of Works, Housing, Transport and Environment in Nigeria paid a visit to the Minister, Arc Ahmed Dangiwa in his office in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The representatives of the association were led on a study and advocacy visit to the housing ministry by its National President, Musa K. Adamu.

Minister Dangiwa told the delegation that beyond housing delivery, the ministry is embarking on slum upgrade and urban renewal in selected states across the country, hence the need for closer collaboration with the relevant local government department’s in the selected states in the execution of the programme.

“Through this programme, we are upgrading communities deemed not fit for human habitation by all standards and transforming them into decent, liveable communities. We will do this by providing infrastructure like roads, water, sanitation, and other amenities. This means we will be needing the support and collaboration of your members in these places to make our work easy,” he said.

The minister also remarked that “as Directors and Heads of departments of works, housing, transport, and environment, you have an important role to play in driving policies at the local government levels“.

Recall that the President haa approved N100bn in 2023 supplementary budget for the construction of Renewed Hope Estates as well as Urban Slum Upgrade. Addinal money was also allocated for the same program in the 2024 budget.

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