Hi there. Can I tell you what I dream of doing?
A significant part of human settlements in Nigeria's urban system are characterised by slum conditions such as dilapidated, overcrowded, poorly ventilated buildings, even narrower feeder roads, the absence of sanitary facilities and proper waste management.These are mostly as a result of the absence of physical and social infrastructure. My vision is to turn these slums to livable, resilient urban spaces.
It's all part of making a better world.
The SDG 11 targets access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade of slums; inclusive cities and human settlements that are safe, resilient and sustainable. My vision seeks to achieve this target in some select urban centres in Nigeria, by ensuring that the quality of life of slum dwellers is guaranteed.
This is really going to help people.
The impact of my vision will be mainly felt by those slum dwellers residing in slum settlements found in notable urban centres such as the Beere slum in Ibadan, Ajegunle slum in Lagos and those slums found in the satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory and other yet-to-be identified slums found in Nigeria.
It's not just about having an idea though - here are the things I know I can achieve:
A revision of the existing urban policies by both the national and state governments as well as legislatures to address the issue of sluming in urban development.
Local governments administration take proactive and pragmatic actions in urban development plans and urban management.
Grassroots organisations emanate from these slums engaging regularly with urban managers to identify,document and follow any course of action drawn-up for slum upgrade or infrastructure provisioning.
I'm going to make this happen, and this is how I know it'll make a difference.
A visible campaign powered by the civil society community both on social media and in physical spaces on the plight of slum dwellers and the urgent need for upgrade will be a significant success in achieving my vision. Also when existing urban policies are revised and clauses spelling out intervention in slum areas by city managers by parliament will be a huge success.
Thanks for listening to me. Will you help me build a better world?