The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mohammed Bukar has assured Nigerians that Federal Government policies and programmes were being fine-tuned to create an enabling environment for greater participation of sub-national governments and the private sector to address housing deficit in Nigeria.
Bukar gave the assurance in Abuja while declaring open the technical session of the on-going 8th meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development with the theme ‘’ Housing Development and Consumer Credit as Strategies for National Prosperity.’’
The Director Planning Research and Statistics in the Ministry, Dr. Famous Eseduwo who represented the Permanent Secretary described housing as one of the fundamental human needs and a veritable indicator of standard of living in every society. He added that housing deficit exists in almost all the countries of the world, either it is in short supply or there is an affordability gap.
Bukar maintained that the on-going National Housing Programme across the Federation was an initiative specifically designed to encourage local manufacturers professionals, artisans and craftsmen towards enhancing employment and wealth creation.
He further said that the housing programme only allows the use of home- grown building materials and components in the construction of the houses except where it was established that the materials and components cannot be produced locally or production capacity is inadequate.
He revealed that his ministry through its agencies is working tirelessly in collaboration with the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and cooperative societies towards the development and delivery of affordable houses to the low- income workers in the formal sector Bukar however, urged the delegates and stakeholders in the Council to make meaningful contributions on the memoranda submitted to enable the federal government formulate and strengthen policies that would facilitate more home ownership amongst Nigerians.
In his welcome address, Dr, Famous Eseduwo stated that the theme of the Council was carefully chosen in recognition of government new initiatives to generate more jobs and create wealth for Nigerians through mass construction of affordable housing units.
Eseduwo noted some of the factors militating against mass construction of affordable houses in Nigeria, which include: limited access to finance, high cost of land registration, lack of access to land, insecurity amongst others.
The event which began on, Monday 4th November, 2019 is slated to last till Friday 8th November, 2019. In attendance were Directors from the Ministry, Heads of Government Agencies, Private developers and Delegates from the States of the Federation, professional bodies in the built industry and the academia.