FG, Algeria Collaborate on Housing

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Discussions are ongoing between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Algeria on the need to share expertise to improve housing programs in Nigeria and Algeria. Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Dangiwa Indicated when he had discussions with the Algerian Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City, Mohamed Belaribi.

A statement from the Ministry revealed that the initiative was a move toward ensuring efficiency and sustainable impact of planned social housing initiatives in Nigeria. The meeting was at the instance of the 2023 Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Shelter held on the 3rd to 6th of October.

Dangiwa drew attention to Nigeria’s commitment to addressing its housing challenges under the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu and revealed plans to rapidly increase Nigeria’s housing stock annually and create new cities across the country.

He mentioned the government’s plans to establish a National Social Housing Fund (NSHF) to cater to the housing needs of both no income and low-income Nigerians and eagerness to learn from Algeria’s successful social housing model.

Algerian Housing Minister, Belaribi acknowledged the pivotal role housing plays in Algeria; he highlighted Algeria’s remarkable progress, producing and distributing 1,160,000 housing units in 2020 and 400,000 units in 2022. He also outlined Algeria’s Integrated Cities approach, which includes incorporating schools, hospitals, roads, and ensuring security measures.

He further stressed the importance of urban and land development, making reference to the National Scheme on Urban Development and the creation of five new cities as pivotal steps.

Belaribi expressed readiness for collaboration; organising meetings with key officials and offering Algeria’s expertise in various fields. He also emphasised the importance of establishing a formal agreement between the two ministries and proposed a comprehensive framework for joint efforts.

The meeting between the two ministers marked a crucial step toward international cooperation, as well as encouraging a collaboration that promises advancements in social housing; benefiting the citizens of both Nigeria and Algeria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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