France pledges to support Nigeria’s urbanization efforts

Mazino Dickson

Front row (L-R): French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jérôme Pasquier and Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Obafemi Hamzat

The French government has promised to support Nigeria in achieving sustainable urban development through public and private investments.

Jérôme Pasquier, the French ambassador to Nigeria, gave the assurance at a conference on “Private and Public Innovations for Sustainable Cities,” held at the Alliance Française Lagos / Mike Adenuga Center.

Reminding the audience of France’s leadership in the fight against climate change, Ambassador Pasquier underlined the fact that sustainability entails not only climate smartness but also making cities welcoming for all through access to basic services and well-designed public spaces.

He revealed that these issues will form the bedrock for the 2020 Africa-France Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Bordeaux next June.

Participants at the conference acknowledged the necessity to share and promote solutions, across the public and private sectors, to make cities more sustainable and welcomed today’s conference as an opportunity to do that.

Deputy Governor of Lagos, Obafemi Hamzat, opened the conference; it brought together French and Nigerian private companies ranging from start-ups to multinational enterprises in sectors such as transportation (Alstom, Kwik, Shuttlers), energy (Arnergy, Clean Technology Hub, Greenelec), waste and sanitation (EnvironQuest, WeCyclers, SGI).