By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA â€” Determined to address challenges of the urban centres in the country, the Federal Government yesterday inaugurated the national steering committee of the Cities Alliance with a view to gathering necessary information that will enable Nigeria achieve sustainable urban development.
The measure will help the government to properly plan and position the cities in Nigeria to function nationally and to also play major roles in the global economy.
City Alliance is a coalition of cities and its development partners committed to the eradication of slums and poverty in cities, creating well-managed cities and promoting local economic development.
Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre, while inaugurating the committee in Abuja, saidÂ already, the Cities Alliance had approved the preparation â€œthe state of Nigerian cities report.â€
According to her, â€œthe purpose of the project is to gather necessary information on Nigeria urban centres with a view to addressing the challenges in the city centre for sustainable development.â€
She added that the report in addition, would enhance the capacity of the ministry to coordinate a nation-wide project to document the contribution of cities to the economic growth of the country.
â€œI am happy to note that this initiative is coming at a time when the nation has adopted a national goal of making Nigeria to be among the largest economies of the world by 2020,â€ she said.
On its low-keyed status, the Army Chief said: â€œAs a mark of respect for our departed colleagues, it was necessary to shelve an elaborate celebration in their honour.
The effect of economic meltdown can also not be completely divulged from the reasons responsible for this low-keyed celebration. All these notwithstanding, the NA as a corporate body has cause to be grateful to the Almighty God for His mercies throughout the year.â€