The Minister of State Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu has disclosed that the Ministry is willing to partner with credible private sector developers towards actualizing government’s aspirations on housing development in the country.
The Minister made the disclosure on Tuesday at the Virtual Abuja International Housing Show which is the 14th edition of the initiative.
According to him, the Federal Government through the Economic Sustainability Plan has selected housing delivery as one of the focal programmes to create more job opportunities to Nigerians in order to deal with the challenges of poverty exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.
Aliyu stated that the determination of President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance housing infrastructure development aimed at creating 10 million jobs annually for Nigerians is reflected in the Ministry’s housing and urban development programmes.
“From the inception of the Next-Level-Agenda in 2018, the Ministry has continued to align its affordable housing programmes towards meeting the aspirations of President Buhari’s Agenda on housing development”.
He noted that the deliverables of the Ministry in housing and urban development include;
- Collaborate with research institutions and the public sector to build quality houses for Nigerians at lowest possible cost;
- Construct at least 200,000 housing units a year by establishing modular construction facilities across the country;
- Collaborate with the private sector to create a large number of well- paying jobs for Nigerian youths; and
- Implement a strategy towards the realization of Mr. President’s June 12 promise to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
In his remarkable goodwill message, Aliyu stated that the Ministry is concerned about the several figures on Nigeria’s housing deficit, ranging from 17 – 22 Million and has constituted a special survey committee to verify the actual figures for proper planning.
He continued that “The Ministry is also mitigating the deficit by way of providing more houses under the 2nd phase of the National Housing Programme (NHP) to ensure that Nigerians wherever they reside have access to affordable, conducive and hygienic housing.
“Government has also completed over 1,000 housing units across the country through the 1st phase of the National Housing Programme and over 1,000 housing units at various levels of completion under the 2nd phase of the NHP.
“In addition, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Housing Authority are also increasing the housing stock to Nigerians through several programmes designed to achieve the 200,000 housing units per annum target of Government.
“The foregoing multi-faceted approach to housing delivery encompasses rent-to-own, mortgage finance ownership, site and services schemes, urban renewal/slum upgrade programmes, Public Private Partnership estate developments, and so on.
“May I at this juncture add that the need to look beyond the public budgetary provisions in the delivery of affordable houses to the teeming Nigerian populace is quite imperative since government alone cannot provide all the funds required to meet the set deliverables.
“Accordingly, the Ministry is willing to partner with credible private sector developers towards actualizing government’s aspirations on housing development in the country.
“I, therefore, call on participants of this 14th Abuja International Housing Conference & Exhibition to key into the Federal Government’s policy direction towards providing a veritable platform capable of networking and mobilizing housing finance in developing Liveable Cities for Nigerians, now and beyond”.