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Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria, 28 May 13

Governor State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right);
Professor Banji Oyeyinka, UN-Habitat (3rd left); Gora Mboup, UN-Habitat (2nd right); Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Architect Muyiwa Ige (left); Akolade Aderibigbe, UN-Habitat (right) and Mutinta Munyati, UN-Habitat, during a courtesy visit to the Governor in Osogbo the state of Osun, on Friday

Following the Nigeria and UN-Habitat commitment during the recent 24th session of the UN-Habitat Governing Council towards the implementation several joint projects, a UN-Habitat team conducted a successful scoping mission in the west African country this month.

The team led by Prof Banji Oyeyinka, and comprising Mr. Gora Mboup, Ms. Mutinta Munyati and Mr. Akolade Aderibigbe visited four states in Nigeria from May 5 to May 18, 2013 and met with two states governors namely: Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state. The team also met the Deputy Governor of Ekiti state -Prof. Modupe Adelabu and senior officials including three commissioners and directors in Oyo state. Introductory trainings on the Urban Observatory and the Urban Info and the City Prosperity Initiative were conducted .Stakeholders meetings attended by over 320 people including very senior officials, youth and women, local government representatives and representatives of youth organizations and associations were held. While Osun and Ondo states had earlier signed cooperative agreements with the agency, the two other states visited which are Ekiti and Oyo states, are at different stages of discussion with UN-Habitat on establishing Cooperative Agreement of a similar nature.

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Government of Ondo State on 17 April 2013 signed a Cooperative Agreement with UN-Habitat totaling USD 5 million towards executing several joint projects aimed at improving the lives of people in the continent and the state over the next three years.

The contribution comprises USD 3 million for promoting the African Urban Agenda through the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development aimed at research and strengthening UN-Habitat's engagement with Habitat Agenda Partners and other non-governmental actors across sub-Saharan Africa.

The USD 2 million component from the Ondo State Government will be used to prepare and implement a range of programmes including youth empowerment schemes, local economic development, land reform and the establishment of a Local Urban Observatory, a knowledge management system for policy, planning and monitoring of cities and towns in the State.

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