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UNILAG International Week targets education, urban regeneration



The University of Lagos (UNILAG) International Week billed for October 14 and 15, 2019 with the theme ‘Education in a Connected World’ will focus on urban regeneration and education.

This was the submission of Director, Centre for Sustainable Housing, UNILAG, Professor Timothy Nubi, in a chat with The Guardian yesterday.

For Nigeria to remain a significant voice from Africa in the fourth industrial revolution, a forum for cross-fertilisation of ideas between industry and academia, between institutions from the global north and south as well as within the global south has become imperative, he asserted.

In addition to providing a platform to discuss strategies that could assist Nigeria benefit from the opportunities provided by education in a connected world, such forum, Prof. Nubi said, will also promote the African Union (AU) objective of a more integrated Africa.

Expatiating on one of the sub-themes, ‘Cities of the Future, Future of Cities’, Prof. Nubi said, “From time immemorial, cities have played significant role in defining civilisation and human development. The all-important roles of the cities have made them the engine room of development.

“The urbanisation experience of the 17th and 19th centuries accentuated the significance of cities in human development. The level of our development in years to come depends on the attention that we pay to the growth and management of our cities.”

According to him, the neglect of well-ordered organisations has led to breakdown in the infrastructure and social fabric of the cities, as more than 60 per cent of cities in Africa are slums, and the experience has been that of increase in slums and scrubs.

“For us to really develop as a nation, we need to rethink our cities. We need to begin to look at key roles of cities – a functional city, a smart city. All over the world today, people are talking about smart cities – cities driven by technology, example is Cuba.

“We must begin to think of massive urban generation. We must learn from nations that have embarked upon urban regeneration cities like Liverpool, Chicago and the present day Dundee in the United Kingdom are all cities that have gone through massive urban regeneration that we can learn from.”

The Week’s is expected to feature Minister of Environment, Dr. Mahmood Mohammed; Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing; Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquier; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Usman; Professor Peter McEleavy of University of Dundee, Kuhne Logistics from Switzerland among others.

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