Nigerian President, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, has pledged his continuing support to UN-Habitat and promised to keep promoting the urban agenda in Africa.
The Nigerian President met with senior UN-Habitat officials during his recent three-day state visit to Kenya, and talked about the significance of urbanization for Nigeria. Expressing his appreciation and praise for UN-Habitat’s work, he said that the agency could expect strong support from Nigeria in the coming years.
Speaking on behalf of UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos, UN-Habitat Chief of Staff, Andrew Cox thanked President Jonathan for the growing partnership with Nigeria, and its deepening support at federal and state levels. He also appreciated the leadership of Nigeria Minister of Lands and Housing, Ms. Amal Pepple, as President of the Bureau of the UN-Habitat Governing Council.
Mr. Cox asked for the political support of the President and Nigeria in driving urban issues in the sustainable development agenda and pointed to the link between sustainable development and the Habitat III conference, and the significance of this conference for the country and continent.
Mr. Cox thanked the President for his interest in and leadership of the new African urban agenda, and pledged UN-Habitat’s support on behalf of the Executive Director.
Also present at the meeting were Oyebanji Oyeyinka of UN-Habitat and the Nigerian High Commissioner to Kenya Mr. Akin Oyateru.