Here's an article I missed from Nigeria's Tide Newspaper. Good words, and let's hope, a portent of good deeds to come:
Minister blames increasing slums on property developers
• Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Olusegun Mimiko has blamed private property developers for the growing number of slums in the country.
Mimiko said at the opening of the 82nd council meeting of the association of Housing Corporations of Nigeria (AHCN) in Abuja Monday, that the rising number of slums was a national embarrassment.
“The increasing number of slums in our cities and the rising population of slum dwellers are issues of national concern,” he said.
He said that the slums have resulted in insufficient water supply, poor sanitation, lack of security and the presence of disease breeding conditions.
He called on the association to collaborate with government in its quest to provide affordable, cheap and decent houses to the citizens.
He said that the present administration was poised to upgrade the nation’s housing delivery capacity as well as reposition the sector for efficient and effective services.
He said that the recently approved national policy on housing and urban development among others were measures adopted by government to meet the Millennium Development Goals for the housing and urban development sector.
Mimiko urged the association to undertake research in new ways and new materials that would aid mass housing delivery, stressing that “millions of Nigerians cannot yet boast of their own houses.”
Earlier, the minister of the FCT, Nasir el-Rufai, urged the association to support the FCT in the on-going restoration of the city’s master plan.
“As painful as the removal of the illegal structures may be, it is advisable to do it now or else the future generations of Nigerians will never forgive us as it will be done at a greater cost,” he said.
The minister who was represented by the Director, Public Building, Mr Kabiru Maina, tasked the association to ensure good sanitary conditions in estates, provide infrastructure and good environmental management.