From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
Niger state government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) USD $940,000,000 with UN-Habitat on urban renewal of Minna, Suleja and Suleja Smart City.
The MoU was signed at the UN-Habitat headquarters Nairobi-Kenya.
The Secretary to the State Government Hon.Ibrahim Isah Ladan who represented the Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, signed on behalf of Niger State while Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacuyiron Assistant secretary General and Deputy Executive Director signed on behalf of UN-Habitat.
This was contained in a statement issued in Minna yesterday, said that the occasion was witnessed by Nigerian High Commissioner to Kenya, His Excellency Sheidu Omeiza Momoh and Local Government Council Chairmen of Chanchaga and Suleja, Hon.Yusuf Inuwa Fuka (Scony) and Hon. Abdullahi Shuaibu Maje respectively.
According to the SSG Niger state, the Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has approved the installmental payment of USD $940,000,000 about three hundred million naira as contribution Agreement to actualize the renewal of the two cities in collaboration with UN Habitat.
He stated that Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello government is committed to implementing the New Urban Agenda which will lay a solid foundation for sustainable development of the State.
The governor said, Niger state government has already secured 99.8 Hectares of land for the development of Multi-purpose park and flood plain on both side of River Iku in Suleja local government. And therefore commended the effort of UN-Habitat to see that Niger state is selected as one of the five case studies to implement the 11th tranche of United Nations Development Account Project on strengthen urban rural linkages in Africa .
Responding on behalf of UN-Habitat Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director commended the Niger state government for their proactive measures in leading other states in Africa in the area of urbanization of towns and cities.