The Association of Housing Corporations of Nigeria has revealed plans to introduce training programmes for all professionals in the built environment so as to address the issue of sub-standard houses in the country.
The association said the move became necessary as more buildings were collapsing across the country and in Lagos State in particular.
“The association is ready and willing to partner the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and state ministries of housing to execute these campaigns through the training of ministries’ staff on one hand, and professionals in the built environment on the other hand, for the development of the housing sector,” he said.
According to Adamu, it has also become necessary to address the issue of housing shortage in the country estimated at over 17 million units.
He added, “For us as an association, we have taken time to re-examine our impacts over the years and we realised that we need a new direction and focus to be able to meet the housing needs of our people. For this reason, we are finalising a new policy of reducing and eradicating homelessness within a very short time from now.
“We are therefore coming up with a programme that we tagged ‘ERAHOMS’, which is basically aimed at reducing and eradicating homelessness among our people. The proposed programme is part of our efforts to provide affordable housing for Nigerians, especially those who are interested in using the National Housing Fund to purchase the housing units.”
He noted that the major targets would be contributory workers, especially civil servants in states remitting their deductions to the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria regularly.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, stated that housing corporations in the country should channel their efforts towards mass housing development to reduce the current deficit.
Ambode who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Mr. Adebayo Dipe, urged the association to look inwards on how to provide affordable housing, which would in turn create job opportunities for the youth.