Written by Austine ELEMUE

World Urban Forum: FCTA partners UN habitat to consolidate gains

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has indicated that FCT Administration is committed to harnessing the benefits of the recently concluded World Urban Forum in Malaysia. 

Bello, who made this disclosure when the Programme Manager, UN Habitat, Mallam Kabir Yari, paid him a courtesy call in his office, also said the administration will also explore the option of signing an MoU with the organization to formalize their relationship towards issues of urban renewal and slum upgrading. 

The minister also indicated that the administration is willing to have a formal arrangement with the United Nations agency for staff training on how to surmount the challenges of running a modern capital city. 

Bello, who also revealed that his recent trip to Malaysia with other key officials of the FCT Administration opened his eyes to so many difficulties confronting other modern capital cities, said urgent steps must be taken to address some of the challenges already bedevilling the FCT before they become entrenched. 

He called for support of the UN Habitat in tackling the issue of squatter settlements along the airport road that are already spilling into the major gateway to the city with attendant negative implications. 

“As an administration, we don’t want to use highhanded tactics because they are old fashioned now. We need to contact them, we need to communicate with them and I believe this is where UN Habitat can be of help to us. On the service lanes, you see the villagers driving against traffic on high speed with motorcycles with no helmets," Bello stressed. 

Earlier in his remarks, the Habitat Programme Manager, UN Habitat, Mallam Kabir Yari, said the delegation was in Abuja to see how they could collaborate with the FCT Administration, as well as assist them to move beyond words to practical actions. 

Yari while conveying his delight over the effective participation of the FCT team at the recently concluded World Urban Forum in Malaysia, said the delegation was in Abuja to see how they could collaborate with the FCT Administration, to move resolutions reached at the forum beyond words. 

 

 

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