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Fashola urges unity among African housing stakeholders

26 February 2016, 19:00Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has urged African Ministers of Housing and Urban Development has urged to utilise the continent's commonality of purpose in the New Urban Agenda fashioned for the World in Habitat III.

World Habitat III will be held in Quito, Ecuador in October.

Speaking at the Habitat 111 Africa Regional Meeting in Abuja, he expressed optimism that the regional conference would produce far-reaching policy recommendations and clear-cut set of declarations that would enrich the New Agenda and bring visible profit to Africa.

He spoke at the event themed, “Africa's Priorities for the New Urban Agenda.”

Also Read: Fashola outlines plans to tackle housing shortfall

“The theme is expected to chart a clear path towards a sustainable urban future for Africa and Africans,” said Fashola.

“For all our cities and towns to be places of opportunity and prosperity- to be crucibles for change- we need to first chart the course ourselves.”

A total of 52 African countries are participating at the three-day event which is ending Friday.

The Regional Meeting will produce the "Abuja Declaration" that will be considered as Africa's common position to be adopted and imputed in the final document of the New Urban Agenda.

- CAJ News


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