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The Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company attended the recently concluded Nigeria Resilient Cities Network which held at Abuja on the 14th of November 2016 under the theme: “Building Capacity for Coordinating Sustainable Growth in Nigerian Cities”.
The Nigerian Resilient Cities Network (NRCN) was set up in 2011 by the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) of the British Government Department for International Development (DFID) to promote urban resilience for better city management. The NRCN keys into the 100 Resilient Cities programme of the Rockefeller Foundation in New York, which defines urban resilience as the “capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience”.
Stakeholders from the six geopolitical zones and the federal capital territory were also represented at the one-day workshop. In all, 64 delegates attended the workshop the workshop representing nine major cities including: Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Minna, Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt, and Abuja, the host city.
On hand to declare open the workshop, was the Director, Urban and Regional Planning of the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA), Tpl Zalih’au Ahmed who represented the Honorable Minister, FCT Alhaji Mohammed Bello and led a team of FCTA staff to the workshop. In his presentation at the workshop, NMRC’s MD/CEO, Professor Inyangete spoke on“Connecting Affordable Housing Finance to the Capital Markets.” Other presentations centered on civil society advocacy, financial strategies and community action demonstrating the breadth of issues in City resilience. A major talking point at the workshop was on the need for readily available, standardized data for better planning and management of cities. The meeting agreed that this should be an urgent priority and focal point of action for NRCN going forward.
DFID/NIAF funding for the NRCN comes to an end December 2016, after which it will become and independent body. All delegates pledged to ensure that this laudable initiative which seeks to fill the gap in city management in Nigeria must be sustained and expanded.