It is a known and globally accepted fact that the quality of a country’s infrastructure would in turn determine its level of growth performance and also how it is perceived world wide. In the case of Nigeria, our research shows that there has been a steady decline in government’s investment vis a vis infrastructural development, a situation that has impacted quite significantly on the country’s socio economic growth. At the Regenerating Cities Initiative 21, we are convinced that this trend can be reversed as we strategically work with all stakeholders and interest groups.
Our aim is to ensure that critical infrastructure such as good roads, effective drainage, water supply, and clean energy are adequately provided within cities across the country. This we aim to achieve through a well thought strategic Private and Public Partnership.
Quality education is the bedrock of any society and given the fact that Nigeria’s reliance on foreign loans, expertise and imports remain the biggest drain to the country’s meagre financial resources; our position is very clear on this subject ……Nigeria must focus on a comprehensive review of its educational sector therein investing substantially in rehabilitating existing academic institutions, research centres and a much improved standard of living for members of the educational sector.
Our focus is to Partner with the respective state governments and stakeholders in the educational sector with the sole aim of developing a Nation/City wide programme that will witness the emergence of quality education and facilities in the country. We intend to advocate for significant numbers of Vocational Training Centres to be established as a strategic institutional tool designed to support industrial and technological development across the country.
Nigeria has a population of over 200 million people, the largest in Africa. Among the West African countries, it has the second highest density of medical doctors, which is, however, still very low compared to the actual need for such a populous nation. Government expenditure on health is considerably slimmer than what comes from private contributions, differing by over two thousand billion Nigerian naira. About 3.9 percent of Nigeria’s GDP is invested in the health sector, considerably below the average spending on healthcare among OECD countries. Also, OECD member countries are mostly high-income countries, whereas Nigeria is an emerging economy and belongs to countries with lower middle-incomes. Nigerians usually have to pay for medicine out of their own pocket. Often the medicine is expensive and difficult to afford. In 2019, on average, health care made up six percent of Nigerian household spending, with higher figures in rural areas than in urban zones.
We hold a strong view that all Nigerians regardless of age, creed or status should have access to one of the very best and affordable Medical care facilities in the World domiciled in Nigeria. The health initiative which falls under no 3 of the SDG Millennium goals is aimed at enhancing quality of healthy living globally by 2030. On our part, we intend to drive the initiative as a Social Capital Impact project and a Business Investment programme, thus inviting both the partnership of International agencies and private Corporations.
The lack of open green spaces and other forms of healthy recreational facilities within our cities in Nigeria has effectively become the bane for youth development and healthy living. We are committed to improving on this. Our advocacy is for the various State governments to ear-mark areas within the cities and mark them as Recreational zones, these are locations specific to recreational facilities. This policy we believe would inevitably attract investors who would commit to invest in a wide range of recreational facilities therein creating employment, contributing to healthy living and ultimately changing the landscape of the entire environment. Our role at Pinewood- Regenerating Cities is to work closely with our various stakeholders for the sole purpose of achieving set goals and objectives.
The COP21 conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland expected parties to make enhanced commitments towards mitigating climate change; the Paris Agreement requires parties to carry out a process colloquially known as the ‘ratchet mechanism’ every five years to provide improved national pledges.
The result of COP26 was the Glasgow Climate Pact, negotiated through consensus of the representatives of the 197 attending parties.
In this breadth and spirit, Pinewood- Regenerating Cities aims to align fully with this policy, advocating vigorously on the need for clean energy within our cities and communities at large. The reality is already staring us in the face when we consider the pace and dogged determination on the part of the OECD to phase out fossil fuel within the decade and transition into electric powered vehicles within the next ten years. The question is….where does this leave Nigeria?
We are determined to work closely with the state governments with a view of providing the required support that will help achieve clean energy in light of current climate and ecological conditions. Our efforts is not restricted to just issues relating to clean energy but also all aspects of the environment. Pinewood- Regenerating Cities environmental experts will work closely with the respective cities to develop a robust environmental plan and policy guidelines.
Sport and physical activity contributes £39 billion to the UK’s economy and a significant portion of this comes from grassroots sport: the millions of people who purchase trainers, bikes, gym memberships or pay match fees.
The sector boots the economy in two ways.
Directly, through job creation, and indirectly by reducing healthcare costs due to a healthier population and reducing crime. As such, the economic impact of sport is a fundamental part of our strategy and we’ll invest in sports and physical activity projects that contribute to the national and local economy. How we measure it ………Successful economic development is measured by the economic value of sport to any economy.
To help measure the impact of sport and activity on economic development, we can use our Active Lives Adult Survey. Movement makes people happier and healthier, and it does the same thing for our communities – with life-changing, sustainable benefits that have huge economic and social value.
At Pinewood- Regenerating Cities, we essentially see sports as an integral part of a city’s developmental processes, taking account of the youth population and also the need to provide access to healthy living for all and sundry. With this in mind, we invite both regional and global corporations to participate as investment partners in the development of sports and sporting facilities across the country.
This is the heart of the City and great attention must be given to its looks and features in all areas of existence.
The Central Business District must be projected as an experience, a feature of modernisation and history combined. This is a location that must generate a daily feel good energy with its child friendly atmosphere, Corporate outlook, most desirable attractions for tourists and a location easily accessible to all.
Our starting point is to commission a 21st architectural and town planning redesign competition of the existing cities and shortlist the best designs for detailed implementation review.
Nigeria is currently at a 17million housing deficit according to the millennium goals Housing target. What you find within a good number of Nigerian cities are substandard housing provisions, largely family homes built hundreds of years ago without adequate facilities. It is quite evident that there is an urgent and dire need for social housing in the country’s cities and towns. At Pinewood- Regenerating Cities, we aim to provide a Housing agenda programme that will significantly help to plug the housing holes across the country. We aim to partner with both the private and public sector corporations to fund the projects.
Modern transport systems are an essential part of any developing economy’s developmental strategy; at Pinewood- Regenerating Cities, we aim to introduce a modern transport system strategic plan to all our partnering cities under the Regenerating cities 21st century initiative. Our transport system programme will include the development of integrated modern bus terminals, solar powered tramps, intercity rail networks and waterways transport. The overall objective is to ensure that there is a seamless process of moving people and goods from point to point in the most stress-free manner.