Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ama Pepple, has disclosed that the federal government is set to adopt policies that will provide appropriate framework for the revitalisation, regulation and management of housing in urban areas.
She noted that the starting point of re-establishing order and creating cities free from environmental disaster in the rapidly urbanising country is a good policy framework, adding that this necessitated the review of the national housing and urban development policies.
Pepple was speaking at this year’s commemoration of World Habitat Day in Abuja. “The ministry has been very active in creating a conducive environment for the organised private sector to participate in the provision of sustainable and affordable housing in Nigeria.
With this, the ministry has created a public-private partnership (PPP) unit in the ministry. I am challenging this forum on the need to establish the mechanism for responding quickly to the problems of climate change and to develop the capacity for sustainability.
“We must protect our cities to realise their full potential as engines of growth and integration. I, therefore, call on the private sector, NGOs, individuals and various stakeholders in the housing sector to collaborate as partners in progress to safeguard the safety and development of our human habitat.
Most of the negative occurrences attributed to climate change and already manifesting in Nigeria include drought, desert encroachments, rise in sea level, ocean surge, erosion and flooding. This year alone, flooding has repeatedly ravaged some parts of the country with catastrophic effect,” she stressed.