Arc. Rhoda Tsado in a group photograph with students of HESED ACADEMY

Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) organised an advocacy programme for schools and colleges in celebration of the World Cities Day (WCD) 2022.

World Cities Day (WCD) brings Urban October to an end on 31 October each year. WCD aims to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, enhance cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contribute to sustainable urban development.

The Theme of this year’s WCD is Act Local to Go Global.The aim is to advance the technical and political debate on the localization of the SDGs as a comprehensive roadmap to enhance inclusive human settlements and organize political inputs to implement global recommendations in local contexts. Also, to share and hear from best examples of participatory processes and inclusion related to SDG localization that can be extrapolated and tailored to different contexts.

The ACMAN advocacy programme aimed at sentisizing students about environmental conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

One of the event held at HESED ACADEMY in Jos, Plateau state facilitated by Architect Rhoda Tsado-Kunhiyop, where about 50 students were in attendance.

It was an engaging seminar with the students where they were taught on various topics such as: climate change, global warming, practices to protect the environment, sustainable livelihood, how to reuse, reduce and recyle waste and other interesting topics.

Arc. Rhoda Tsado in a group photograph with Teachers of HESED ACADEMY
Arc. Rhoda Tsado during her talk with students of HESED ACADEMY
Students of HESED ACADEMY during the programme

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Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) Celebrates the 2022 Earth Day as part of our mission to promote equitable, lieveable, and sustainable cities.

EARTHDAY.ORG, the global organizer of Earth Day, announced that the theme for Earth Day 2022 will be “Invest in Our Planet.” Earth Day 2022 is focused on accelerating solutions to combat our greatest threat, climate change, and to activate everyone – governments, citizens, and businesses – to do their part. Everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. 

The Earth Day 2022 theme is focused on engaging the more than 1 billion people, governments, institutions, and businesses who participate in Earth Day to recognize our collective responsibility and to help accelerate the transition to an equitable, prosperous green economy for all.

How to Invest in Our Planet

1. Plant a tree

Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change. Trees reduce the amount of storm water runoff, which reduces erosion and pollution in our waterways and may reduce the effects of flooding. Many species of wildlife depend on trees for habitat. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals

2. Invest in renewables and energy efficiency.

Most of the energy we use is currently generated by fossil fuels, producing roughly 60% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In addition to contributing to planet-warming emissions, burning fossil fuels causes air pollution that can be damaging for both people and the planet. Using carbon-intensive energy sources to cook food, for example, doesn’t just harm the environment; millions of people die each year as a result of toxic smoke inhalation.

Investing in renewable energy and improving energy efficiency can curb emissions, make energy more accessible, improve air quality, and preserve our planet.

3. Invest in food and agriculture innovation.

The agricultural sector is one of the biggest contributors to GHG emissions, behind only transportation and energy. Industrialized agriculture and factory farms — with their reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and massive methane output — wreak havoc on the planet’s land, air, and water, contributing to both environmental degradation and climate change. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), 80% of the planet’s agricultural land is used to produce livestock feed. Conversely, climate change poses an enormous threat to global food production. Extreme and unpredictable weather is making farming more difficult, forcing people to clear more land and use more chemicals to grow food — a vicious cycle that further degrades the planet. Climate change is also driving fish species further from fishers, potentially disrupting the livelihoods and food security of millions.

Yet agriculture and food production also hold promising solutions to climate change. No-till farming, for example, minimizes the use of conventional plowing and harnesses the soil’s natural ability to store carbon. Solar-powered irrigation, hydroponic — or soilless — growing, and meat alternatives are other innovations that could transform how we grow our food and lead to a more sustainable way of managing our land and water. Eating a more aquatic diet, particularly of seaweed and shellfish, can also reduce our carbon footprint.

4. Invest in nature-based solutions

 The immense restorative power of nature itself is one of the most cost-effective ways to tackle climate change. By protecting, sustainably managing, and restoring natural ecosystems, the world can mitigate the effects of global warming while fostering biodiversity. The planet’s bogs, swamps, and marshes — landscapes collectively known as peatlands — for instance, cover just 3% of the Earth’s surface, yet store almost one-third of the world’s carbon.

Planting and protecting mangroves, sea grasses, and salt marshes can absorb up to 10 times as much carbon as forests on land, for instance.

5. Invest in Indigenous communities.

Indigenous people are too often overlooked in public discourse and policy decisions on climate change, along with their unique perspectives and traditional knowledge of land stewardship. By investing more resources in Indigenous communities, the world can elevate and learn from individuals whose roots are tied to our natural resources. In 2014, for example, a Native Hawaiian organization helped establish a marine sanctuary that is managed using traditional ecological knowledge; it later won the UN’s Equator Prize for restoring the area’s biodiversity.

6. Invest in girls and women.

Across the globe, girls and women depend more on — yet have less access to — natural resources. In many regions, they also bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing food, water, and fuel for their families. This makes them uniquely vulnerable to climate change.

But girls and women are not merely the victims of a changing climate. As the primary stewards of their households and communities, they are also effective agents of change and defenders of the environment. Even so, female representation in national and global climate negotiations remains below 30%. When important decisions about our planet are being made, girls and women must be included and represented. It’s the only way to achieve climate justice.

7. Invest in peace.

War doesn’t only cost human lives and cause widespread hunger, poverty, and suffering. It also hurts the planet.

Described by UNEP as a “silent victim of violent conflict,” the environment is often directly damaged during wartime. Scorched-earth tactics often involve destroying infrastructure, targeting industrial sites, poisoning water wells and soils, and torching crops and forestland.

Conflict also makes achieving the global cooperation necessary to tackle climate change even harder. By investing in peace and diplomacy, we can spare future generations from the scourge of violence and protect the planet at the same time.

8. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Cut down on what you throw away. Follow the three “R’s” to conserve natural resources and landfill space.

In 1982, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites, followed by UNESCO adoption during its 22nd General Conference. The International Day for Monuments and Sites is also known as World Heritage Day.  Each year, on this occasion, ICOMOS proposes a theme for activities to be organized by its members, ICOMOS National and International Scientific Committees, Working Groups and partners, and anyone who wants to join in marking the Day.

The Theme of International Day for Monuments and Sites 2022 is “Heritage and Climate”. This day provides a timely opportunity to showcase strategies to promote the full potential of heritage conservation research and practice to deliver climate-resilient pathways to strengthen sustainable development, while advocating for just transitions to low-carbon futures.

ICOMOS declared the Cultural Heritage and the Climate Emergency in 2020, recognising the potential of cultural heritage to enable inclusive, transformative and just climate action through the safeguarding of all types of cultural heritage from adverse climate impacts, the implementation of risk-informed disaster responses, delivering climate resilient sustainable development; and this from a perspective of equity and justice.

This General Assembly Resolution 2020 includes working in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, vulnerable and frontline communities; driven by participatory climate governance; gender-responsive human rights, and rights-based approaches that contribute to transformative change, enable climate adaptation, and deliver climate resilient pathways to strengthen sustainable development.

Climate-related deteriorations on the monumental buildings resulted from temperature differences between summer-winter and day-night, water movement at the building due to capillarity, abrasive effects of rain water, salt and some chemicals involved in water, particles carried by wind and air pollution.

The ‘Future of our Pasts’ report, published by ICOMOS in 2019, calls for solidarity between heritage professionals and those communities most affected by, or least able to bear the cost of, climate change. Solidarity must form the basis of the actions that we take in this decade on our race to Climate Justice and Equity, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Climate Justice and Equity are central to the ongoing discourse concerning the intersections of climate change and heritage. Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) encourages stakeholders to take action on measures to prevent impact of climate change on historical monuments in Nigeria.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY TPL. GODSWILL UNEKWUOJO MUSA, ON THE THEME “LOCALIZING SUSTAINABILITY IN NIGERIAN CITIES”, AT THE ASSOCIATION OF CITY MANAGERS IN NIGERIA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND INDUCTION CEREMONY, HELD ON 4TH DECEMBER, 2021, AT CHESBURY HOTEL, ABUJA, NIGERIA

The President of the Association of City Managers in Nigeria, QS. Aisha Jibril,

The Executive Committee of the Association of City Managers in Nigeria,

The Professors, and Academicians here present,

The Directors of Ministries, Agencies and Departments here present,

Esteemed Members of ACMAN,

Professionals of the Built Environment,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

I consider it a great honor to deliver this keynote address on this auspicious occasion of the hybrid annual general meeting of the Association of City Managers in Nigeria, and I must extend my gratitude to the President and members of the Executive Committee of this Association for the opportunity.

I must also thank everyone present here in-person and online for making out time to attend this event. Indeed, your presence here today is an indication of your unwavering commitment to the call for promoting equitable, liveable and sustainable cities in Nigeria, which is the mission of this great Association.

Incidentally, the theme of this year’s event “Localizing Sustainability in Nigerian Cities”, which would be thoroughly dealt with by the Presenters in the course of the event, is in line with the United Nation’s Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goal 11, which is “to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

When we talk about sustainability as it relates to cities in Nigeria, we are simply saying that the benefits of urbanization should be harnessed. Urbanization in this parlance is the increase in percentage of the population living in the cities. To not think ‘urban sustainability’ is an open invitation to chaos, economic losses, insecurity, underdevelopment and regression.Why do I say this?

According to the United Nations Report of 2018, about 54% of the world’s population; that is, an estimated number of 3.5 billion people, live in cities, and by 2050 this figure is expected to increase to 68%, with the highest rates of urban population explosion occurring in developing countries such as Nigeria.

The challenging part is that the upsurge in urban population explosion rate often outweighs the Government’s capacity to effectively manage same. Only recently, precisely last month, the punch newspaper of 17th November 2021, reported the FCT Minister saying and I quote “We can’t control Abuja’s population explosion”.

If a city’s population upsurge is not effectively managed, it is bound to struggle with environmental degradation and ultimately, the earth becomes endangered. Even though cities occupy just 3% of the Earth’s land, they account for about 75% of the world’s energy consumption and are responsible for over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The way cities are planned, built and managed, is key to reducing carbon emissions and keeping global warming within the limits set by the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change of 1.5°C.

Another fallout of ineffective management of urbanization is the formation, expansion and persistence of slums. About 833 million people live in slums and this number keeps rising. The cost of poorly planned urbanization can be seen in some of the huge slums, tangled traffic, inadequate urban infrastructure, and sprawling suburbs all over the world. Many cities are also more vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters due to their high concentration of people and location.

There is also the issue of high unemployment rate which dovetails into high crime rates and death rates in these cities among others. Indeed, building urban resilience is crucial to mitigating human, social and economic losses. As such, by choosing to act sustainably, we choose to build cities where all citizens live a decent quality of life and form a part of the city’s productive dynamics, creating shared prosperity and social stability without harming the environment.

Sustainable City Development

A sustainable city is a city designed to address the social, environmental and economic impact of its growing population through urban planning and city management without compromising the ability of future generations to experience the same. For a city to be sustainably developed, there are key sectors that must be taken into cognizance and I would like to proceed by listing these sectors in their order of precedence and as aptly represented in the ensuing image.

Key sectors for sustainable city development Source: NCSD-MoE and GGGI-Cambodia (2019).
  • Urban planning

Sustainable solutions for urban planning problems can include promoting green buildings and housing, mixed-use developments, walkability, greenways and open spaces, alternative energy sources such as solar and wind, and transportation options. Good sustainable land use planning helps improve the welfare of people and their communities, shaping their urban areas and neighborhoods into healthier, more efficient spaces.

  • Urban Vulnerability

Impacts from disasters such as floods or storms are often worse in densely populated urban areas and for sustainable solutions in this regard. The role of proper building codes and land-use planning have been recognized as effective in reducing disaster vulnerability, increasing social ties and community networks.

  • Energy

IConsidering that cities are huge contributors to pollution and climate change, owing to the overuse of fossil fuels for energy generation, there has been a recent push for the use of more sustainable forms of energy or ‘green energy,’ such as solar energy, geothermal energy, and the likes to reduce carbon footprint. This is a commendable sustainable solution to the issue of energy.

  • Transport

Sustainable urban transport can include giving priority to walking and cycling over the use of cars. Practical examples include cities like Copenhagen, where a bridge was exclusively constructed for bikes; Johannesburg, where the bus rapid transit (BRT) with dedicated bus routes have been introduced; and cities like Medellin or La Paz, where cable cars have been introduced as part of urban public transport systems to link hilly and often low-income urban communities to the city. When a city has good and affordable public transport, its citizens are more likely to rely on public transport for everyday commute and this in turn reduces the carbon footprints.

  • Built Environment

A sustainable built environment is circular, designed for longevity, flexibility, adaptability, assembly, disassembly, reuse and recoverability, and considers future climate risks. It is powered by renewable energy, prioritizes sustainable and shared mobility, utilizes green spaces, natural biodiversity and nature-based solutions, which fosters increased resilience, wellbeing and social connectivity.

  • Manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing (SM) or green manufacturing for our purpose can be defined as a method of manufacturing that minimizes waste and reduces adverse environmental impact.

  • Solid Waste

Responsible handling and or creation of solid waste is an important aspect of sustainable development and the 8 Rs is paramount here. The 8Rs represent Rethink, Regift, Recover, Recycle, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Repair. It adds the philosophical question on consumer behavior and is an extended version of the 3R’s waste hierarchy, which represents, reduce, reuse, recycle.

  • Public space and Cultural Heritage

ICultural heritage is an under-recognized resource for sustainable development, which must be leveraged to fully achieve the SDGs. Heritage supports environmental quality, education, inclusive economic development, social cohesion, equity, community well-being and resilience.

So far, some cities in the world have striven to attain sustainability and I think it is appropriate to mention some of them here. There is Zurich in Switzerland which is a city focused on efficient public transport systems, education, waste-reduction and the use of renewable sources of energy.

There is Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, a city reliant on solar energy and other renewable energy sources and is designed to be a hub for cleantech companies.

There is also Copenhagen in Denmark, a city where walking and cycling are prioritized over driving vehicles, which has resulted in only 29% of households owning a car and has helped them reach the goal of becoming the first CO2 neutral city.

Without forgetting Vancouver in Canada, Vancouver is on its way to becoming the greenest city in the world. Asides being home to a multitude of parks, including the largest park in North America, Stanley Park, which is spread over approximately 1,000 acres of land, the city prioritizes biking and has been redesigned to be more bike-friendly.

Finally, there is Singapore in Singapore, also referred to as the Garden City of the World and regarded as the greenest city in Asia. Singapore is working to green 80% of their buildings by 2030, to become one of the world’s most eco-friendly cities in the future.

Conclusion/Call to Action

No doubt, the feat of sustainability achieved in the mentioned cities make them desirable to live in, however, we cannot all run away from our fatherland. It is imperative to point out that these achievements were not the product of merely wishful thoughts but of thoughts that spurred men and women into action, people who I would like to call sustainability champions.

In times like these, when our cities in Nigeria seem to be lagging behind in sustainability, we must rise up to the occasion and begin to ask ourselves the following questions:

  • is the environment safe for your children?
  • Can you walk safely in your neighborhood?
  • Why are the roads constantly congested?
  • Why is public transportation so inconvenient?
  • What are your shared public spaces like?

Remember that the better the conditions you create in your community, the greater the effect on the quality of life for you, your children, your family and the larger society.

In view of the foregoing, I urge you to make a decision today as a sustainability champion in Nigeria, to:

  1. TAKE active interest in the governance and management of your city;
  2. TAKE notice of what works and what doesn’t in your community;
  3. DEVELOP a vision for your building, street, neighborhood, and the kind of city you believe you need;
  4. ACT on your vision; and,
  5. ADVOCATE for your vision

I wish you fruitful deliberations and once again say a warm welcome to you all ‘Sustainability Champions‘.

Thank You.

References:

NCSD., GGGI. (2019). Phnom Penh Sustainable City Plan 2018-2030. Global Green Growth Institute: Seoul, Republic of Korea.

UN (2018). 68% of the world population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, says UN.  United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/news/population/2018-revision-of-world-urbanization-prospects.html

Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) organized a webinar Themed: “ADAPTING CITIES FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE”, in Celebration of World Cities Day 2021. The Webinar held on 30th October 2021, by 11:00 AM West Central Africa on Zoom with about 100 Registrants.

The Webinar was moderated by Tpl. Godswill Unekwuojo Musa, Secretary General, ACMAN, and hosted by the President of ACMAN, Aisha Jibril.

Speaking during the panel sessions includes:

Amb. Richard Abubakar Umar, Coordinator, Youth Voyage of Nigeria, identified funding and political will as major setbacks in the process of climate change resilience in Nigeria. He emphasized on creating awareness among locals who may not understand climate change, by translating adaptation and resilience strategies into various Nigerian languages.

Arc. Rhoda Tsado-Kunhiyop, RADHouse, focused on building resilience for heatwaves, with emphasis on: building materials, building orientation and building finishing. Another area of focus in her presentation was building resilience against flooding in terms of building elevation and tree planting. She further stressed on creating environmental literacy and adopting climate resilient building materials in Nigeria.

Dr. Segun Adaju, President, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, demonstrated how solar energy business has both economic and environmental benefit in Nigeria, thereby building urban resilience to climate change. Showing the various solar energy projects his company have carried out in the past and current projects, he emphasized the need to go solar especially for homes and small businesses energy use.

Also speaking at the webinar was Prof. Mustapha Zubairu, Coordinator of Niger State Urban Support Programme. He spoke on fostering cohesion among Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Nigeria rather than working apart. He also emphasized that the campaign on climate resilience in Nigeria should continue.

The Webiner Panel Session

Association of City Managers in Nigeria – ACMAN Invites you to join the global conversation on: “ADAPTING CITIES FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE”A Webinar In celebration of World Cities Day, 2021

Date: 30th October 2021

Time 11:00 AM West Central Africa

Register in advance for this Webinar: https://rb.gy/shvekl

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Panelists:

Dr. Segun Adaju, President, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria.Arc.

Rhoda Tsado-Kunhiyop, Architect and Spatial Designer, RADHouse.

Amb. Richard Abubakar Umar, Coordinator, Youth Voyage of Nigeria.

Host:QS. Aisha Jibril, President, ACMAN

Moderator:TPL. Godswill Unekwuojo Musa, Secretary General, ACMAN.

#UrbanOctober #WorldCitiesDay #ACMAN

Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN), organised another city walk in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria, on 16th October, 2021.

The walk was in celebration of World Habitat Day #WHD, as part of the global Urban October activities, and a sequel to the City walk organised in Abuja, The federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.

The Walk took place from Tunga and ended at the Minna Southern City Gate.

In preparation for the World Cities Day celebration 2021 Webinar on Adapting Cities for Climate Resilience,Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) in partnership with Search FM 92.3 Campus Radio, Federal University of Technology, Minna, organised a radio conversation on Adapting Cities, for Climate Resilience.

Present at the conversation were: TPL. Godswill Unekwuojo Musa, Secretary General, ACMAN; Arc. Nathan Danladi Galadima, Immediate past PRO, ACMAN; and Fatima Mohammed, Member ACMAN

Among the issues raised during the conversation were: Climate change, effects of climate change, climate change resilience and adapting Nigerian cities to climate resilience.

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TPL. Godswill Unekwuojo Musa, Giving his Address, during Abuja City Walk.

Climate Change

Climate change is the long-term change in global weather patterns, associated especially with increases in temperature, precipitation, and storm activity. From 1906-2005, the average global temperature rose by 0.74ºC, with most of that warming occurring since 1970. By 2015, the average global temperature had warmed by over 1ºC since pre-industrial times. Sixteen of the 17 warmest years on record have been in 21st century.

A dominant environmental problem associated with climate change in the last three decades is global warming. It is an increase in Earth’s average surface temperature, mostly due to the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), water vapour, Nitrous oxide NO2, chloro-floro-carbons (CFCs), among others, into the atmosphere by human-induced activities such as increased fossil fuel consumption.

The main causes of climate change

Human’s increased use of fossil fuels – such as coal, oil and gas to generate electricity, transportation and power industries

Deforestation – because living trees absorb and store carbon dioxide

Increasingly intensive agriculture – which emits greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide

Industrialization – Various countries including Nigeria have built their economies on burning fossil fuels to provide electricity, transport and to develop industries.

The effects of climate change

  • Rising temperatures
  • Rising sea levels
  • Higher ocean temperatures
  • An increase in heavy precipitation (heavy rain and hail)
  • Shrinking glaciers
  • Drought

The indirect consequences of climate change, which directly affect us humans and our environment

  • An increase in hunger and water crises, especially in developing countries
  • Economic implications of dealing with secondary damage related to climate change
  • Health risks through rising air temperatures and heatwaves
  • Loss of biodiversity due to limited adaptability and adaptability speed of flora and fauna 
  • Ocean acidification due to increased Bicarbonate (HCO3) concentrations in the water as a consequence of increased CO₂ concentrations
  • Increasing spread of pests and pathogens
  • The need for adaptation in all areas (e.g. agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, tourism, etc.)

Climate change is evident in increase in the occurrences of drought, desertification, rising sea levels, erosions, floods, thunderstorms, bush fires, landslides, radiation, and loss of biodiversity.

Need for Accelerating Urban Action for A Carbon-Free World

Today, cities account for about 75 per cent of the world’s energy consumption and are responsible for over 70 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The way cities are planned, built and managed, is key to reducing carbon emissions and keeping global warming within the limits set by the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The mission of Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) is to promote equitable, liveable and sustainable cities for enhanced quality of life and healthy environment in Nigeria.

This is incidentally in line with The United Nation’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Development Goal 11 “to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” puts sustainable urbanization as one of the key priorities of the global agendas for development.

World Habitat Day (WHD) highlights the state of our towns and cities, as well as the basic right of adequate shelter for all. It also reminds us we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities, towns, and communities. This year’s theme is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.

This City walk was organized by the ACMAN, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, in Celebration of world Habitat Day, as part of the global Urban October activities, is because there is a need for Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.

Actions for A Carbon-Free World

It has been estimated that GHG emissions from cities can be reduced by almost 90 per cent by 2050 using technically feasible, widely available mitigation measures. This means that city actions can potentially reduce global emissions by over 70 per cent.

A suggested by UNHABITAT, Reduction in global emission can be achieved through a combination of measures that target the urban form in expanding cities as well as the buildings, transport, material efficiency and waste management sectors.

Urban planning can steer urban growth towards low carbon urban development through advancing climatefriendly urban forms (compact, mixed land-use and connected and accessible cities) geared towards reducing vehicular trips and instead, encouraging the use of non-motorized transport such as walking and cycling.

Public and green areas play a key role as carbon sinks, in regulating temperature and reducing urban heat-island effects. Simultaneously, measures can be taken to improve access to basic services while reducing their carbon footprint. These could include better water demand management, waste-water treatment through nature-based solutions, better municipal waste management and material recovery, uptake of micro-grids, renewable energy and net-metering, retrofitting buildings to improve their energy efficiency, promoting a transition to shared and public transport and the uptake of electric mobility.

Other specific activities for accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world at individual levels should include to:

  • Plant trees
  • Reduce cutting trees
  • Reduce paper waste
  • Use electronic media
  • Use solar energy
  • Use energy saving bulbs
  • Turn off the lights not in use
  • Use public transportation often
  • Reduce air pollution
  • Recycle your waste
  • Save water from waste
  • Harvest rainwater
  • Don’t build on floodplains
  • Properly dispose waste

Together we can achieve accelerate A Carbon-Free World.

Thank you.

TPL Godswill Unekwuojo Musa, Secretary General ACMAN giving his address at Abuja City Gate

Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN), organised a city walk in Abuja, The federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, in celebration of World Habitat Day #WHD on 4th of October 2021, as part of the global Urban October activities.

The Walk was led by TPL. Godswill Unekwuojo Musa, Secretary General of ACMAN, and took place from the central area of Abuja and ended at the Abuja City Gate, 1 Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Road. An address was presented at the Abuja City Gate by the Secretary General on Need for Accelerating Urban Action for A Carbon-Free World.

You can read the Address here Need for Accelerating Urban Action for A Carbon-Free World; An Address by TPL. Godswill Unekwuojo Musa, Secretary General, Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN), During A City Walk in Celebration of World Habitat Day 2021, At the City Gate, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. – ASSOCIATION OF CITY MANAGERS IN NIGERIA

Urban October was developed to raise awareness, promote participation, generate knowledge and engage the international community towards a New Urban Agenda, in 31 days of promoting a Better Urban Future. Urban October starts with World Habitat Day (First Monday of the Month) and ends with World Cities Day on 31st October.

World Habitat Day (WHD) highlights the state of our towns and cities, as well as the basic right of adequate shelter for all. It also reminds us we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities, towns, and communities. This year’s theme is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.

The City walk was filled with interesting interractions with passers by especially in communicating the placards that reads: plant trees, reduce cutting trees, reduce paper waste, use electronic media. Another placard reads: use solar energy, use energy saving bulbs, turn off the lights not in use, use public transportation often, reduce air pollution. The third one reads: recycle your waste, save water from waste, harvest rainwater, don’t build on floodplains, properly dispose waste.