Housing minister advocates urban, regional planning Act’s amendment

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Architect  Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, has advocated the constitutional amendment to ensure urban and regional planning is placed in the concurrent list of the constitution.

Similarly, he called for the enactment of a bill for the establishment of a National Urban Observatory that would collect urban sector data to have effective implementation of urban and regional planning projects.

Accordingly, Dangiwa listed some of the challenges affecting the effective implementation of urban development projects the as; non-availability of reliable human settlemedata storetore for planning purposes, and inadequate policy back-up and structure for country-wide efforts to reposition urban planning and regional development sector, for the benefit of all.

He, however, disclosed that slums upgrade and urban renewal projects have a significant impact on the lives and living conditions of Nigerians.

He listed housing upgrades, sanitation, environmental protection, agricultural support, boreholes and solar-powered street lights among others, as projects that will enhance aesthetics and functional spaces, as well as impact the economy.

Dangiwa spoke when he hosted the House of Representatives Committee on Urban Development and Regional Planning came on an oversight visit to the Ministry

The minister explained some of the activities of the ministry’s Department of Urban Development and Regional Planning which include, the preparation of a national physical development plan, the preparation of physical development plans, and the preparation of urban resilience and sustainability plans.

He further stated that the department is also engaged in Urban Sector Multilateral programmes like; Executive Board Meetings of UN-HABITAT, which Nigeria currently holds the Chair of the Executive Board;  Shelter Afrique (A Pan- African finance)Development Control Directorate, responsible for monitoring and control of development on Federal Government Lands and Estates;  Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Programme, under which technical needs assessment studies of Slums in Nigerian cities were conducted.

Earlier, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Urban Development and Regional Planning, Hon. Abiante Awaji, had said the committee was in the ministry to fulfil its critical part of its oversight mandate to assess performance, establish effective utilization of resources, identify challenges to ensure service delivery that would impact the lives of the Nigerian citizens.