Lawmakers challenge Ministry of Housing on housing deficit

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The House of Representatives has charged the Ministry of Housing to be more proactive in an effort to meet the Nigerian Housing deficit.

The Chairman House Committee on Housing, Mustapha Bala Dawaki gave the charge at a meeting with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing on the 2016 Budget Implementation in relation to Housing sector.

Mr. Bala Dawaki who expressed the urgent need to tackle the housing deficit and high renting cost holistically, urged the ministry to provide affordable houses to low income earners.

Dawaki pledged the lawmakers’ resolve to provide necessary legislation to end the problem.

“The planned National Housing Policy must address the issues at hand”

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on his part said the Ministry was coming up with a Housing Plan that would address the broad cultural interest of Nigeria.

Mr. Fashola said the Public Private Partnership, PPP arrangements would be strengthened to effectively provide mass housing projects affordable to Nigerians.

The Director of Architectural Services, Ministry of Housing, Arc. Gidado Sani said the ministry had strategized plans to utilize its potentials to meet the challenges.

New Policy

The new policy which is expected to provide short, medium and long term solutions to not only housing shortfall, but the high renting cost, takes care of socio-cultural diversity in the country.

It involves providing housing designs and structures compatible with the area it would be cited to ensure acceptability and sustainability in line with global best practices.

About one thousands five hundred housing units are expected to be built through direct labour in four states, while over twenty one thousand are expected to come up through Public Private Partnership, PPP.