The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha has expressed her desire to learn about the Federal Government’s plan to achieve safe, affordable and adequate housing and basic services for all by 2030.
“I would like to learn more about programmes and policies put in place to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11.1, which commits governments to ensure access to safe, affordable and adequate housing and basic services for all by 2030,” said Farha.
“I am particularly interested to learn more about the Government’s recent commitment to build one million homes per year until 2033.”
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“Housing affordability, particularly in urban areas, has become an issue of concern worldwide. A contributing factor is housing speculation, which serves to increase housing prices and pushes residents out of their neighbourhoods and cities. I hope to gain an understanding as to whether such trends are also present in Nigeria,” the expert said.
The Special Rapporteur will also examine issues including substandard housing conditions, forced evictions, access to services and to justice for the right to housing and the conditions of particularly vulnerable groups including women, people living in informal settlements and those who are homeless.
Farha will meet senior Government officials from the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, and other ministries. She is also expected to have talks with governors, state-level ministries, and public institutions responsible for human rights, urban development and combating homelessness. The expert will also hold meetings with people living in various neighbourhoods in and around Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, and representatives of civil society.
At the end of the visit, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference to share her preliminary findings and recommendations. It will be at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, 1 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Abuja at 16:00 local time on 23 September 2019.
Farha is expected to present a comprehensive report of her visit to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2020.