As part of our spotlight on the Nigeria housing sector during the 62nd Independence Day Anniversary, we highlight the prominent individuals who have headed the Ministry of Housing since the country’s return to civilian rule in 1999.
During the first tenure of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Administration 1999-2003, Tony Anenih was Minister of Works and Housing from 1999-2003.
In President Olusegun Obasanjo’s second tenure, Chief (Mrs) Alice Mobolaji Osomo was appointed as Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Development in 2003 – 2005.
Rahman Mimiko was Minister of housing (June 2005 –January 2007) before it was merged into the ministry of Environment.
Under President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Halima Tayo Aloa was Minister of Environment and Housing in 2007.
In 2008, She was relieved of her duty and handed over to John Odey in December 2008.
John Odey was Minister of Environment and Housing till 2010 when he added over to the permanent secretary after President Jonathan dissolve the cabinet.
Hassan Muhammed Lawal was Minster of Works, Housing and Urban Development from December 2008- 2010.
The Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development became a standing ministry in 2010.
Since then, the following have had the privilege to be Ministers.
Nduese Essien was also appointed Federal Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development on 6, April, 2010 when acting President Jonathan announced his cabinet.
Mohammed Daggash was Minister of Works and Housing from April 2010 to 2015.
Mrs Amal Pepple, CFR became Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in July 2011.
Mrs Akon Eyakenyi became Minster of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in 2010 – 2015.
Babatunde Fashola was made Minister of Power, Works and Housing in 2015 as President Muhammadu Buhari emerged victorious in 2015.
In 2019, Babatunde Fashola’s portfolio was changed to Minister of Works and Housing.
Happy Independence Nigeria!!!