THE United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN'HABITAT) has appointed Mr. Kabir Mohammed Yari as its new Habitat Programme manager for Nigeria for the support office (HAPSO) in Abuja.Yari is currently the president of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, as well as the vice president, West Africa of Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP). He has several years experience in financing urban projects having spent a substantial part of his working career with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and Urban Development Bank of Nigeria.He holds a B.Sc. Degree in Geography from the Bayero University, Kano Nigeria and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. In addition, he attended many short courses in Housing, Project Preparation and Appraisal, Public Private Partnerships and Urban and City Management among others.He is a professional town planner with extensive experience in urban infrastructure projects, participatory planning, city development strategy and urban governance.He started his working career with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing before joining Urban Development Bank of Nigeria where he rose to the rank of acting managing director/chief executive officer. He has at different times worked with donor agencies including the World Bank, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Cities Alliance in the formulation of urban projects and programmes in Nigeria. Click here to read full news..