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Transforming Nigeria’s urban agenda

Public lecture hosted by Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and LSE Cities

Babatunde Fashola is Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing. Formerly, as the Lagos State Governor, his vision was to transform Africa’s largest city into a business-friendly hub through revenue collection reform, taming lawlessness, building roads and fast-tracking mega projects like Eko Atlantic City, which was also expected to provide homes for the rapidly growing urban population. Fashola’s focus on the housing and infrastructure required to support not only Lagos’ but also national aspirations, has continued in his new portfolio. This talk explored the challenges and opportunities of responding to these needs from his new role in the Federal Capital Abuja.

Photography courtesy: Peter Griffiths

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  • Babatunde Fashola

    Babatunde Fashola

    Babatunde Raji Fashola, is a Nigerian politician who is currently the Federal Minister of Power, Works and Housing. He was Lagos State Governor for two four year terms from May 2007 to May 2015. Born in Lagos, Fashola studied Law at the University of Benin and after going through Nigerian Law School was called to the Nigerian bar as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court.

  • Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board and was Director of the Venice International Architecture Biennale and Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition Tate Modern in London. He has previously been a member of the UK Government Airport Commission (2012-2015) and Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the 2012 London Olympics. He is co-editor of ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’ (2018), ‘The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century’ (2017), ‘Living in the Endless City’ (2011) and ‘The Endless City’ (2007).