Niger State Government has reiterated its commitment towards ensuring the success of UN Habitat programmes in the state. 

The state Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Bar Mukhtar Nasale stated this during a virtual conference organized in collaboration with the UN Habitat on Urban-Rural Linkages in Africa, explained that the state participants were committed to maximize the advantages of the programme. 

According to the commissioner, the conference will be of benefit to the people of the state, “at the end of the programme, I expect the participants to take home a very wide range of experience,” he added. 

The state coordinator of the programme who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Dr Abdul Hussaini, said the virtual conference was coming as a result of covid-19 because the group did not want to shift it to another time. 

“This virtual conference is coming as a result of covid-19, 

“For the past two years, we have been having physical meetings in 2018 in Nairobi Kenya, 2019 in Zanzibar Tanzania. 

“Usually the participating countries rotate the hosting of events but because of covid-19 and they didn’t want to postpone it, then they realized that we can use the virtual meeting,” he explained.

Dr Hussaini stressed that the objective of the conference was to meet annually, to look at the progress made towards achieving urban-rural linkages as enshrined in the guiding principles. 

He said “the purpose was to analyze what was coming from rural areas and what is going to them, how are they fairing especially during the lock-down, that is what we want to analyze”, he stated. 

Niger State was the only state in the country that participated in the conference among countries like Kenya, Guinea Conakry, Cameroun and Zanzibar. 

Participants were drawn from different agencies and organizations.