By Oluwaseun Sonde, Abuja.
The minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola has reiterated commitment of the Federal Government to the National Housing Scheme in tackling the country’s housing deficit.
He made it known during the unveiling of prefabricated assembly and installation building facility in Kubwa, Abuja recently.
Fashola said that the scheme was to integrate Nigerians operating in the informal sector of the economy into the National Housing Fund (NHF) scheme.
“The scheme enables a cooperative society that has acquired a plot of land with building approval to develop houses for allocation to its members.
“Housing and consumers credit is the major agenda of the administration for its next levels”, he said.
He said that the government has set up a team to go round to audit and know how many houses that are not occupied in the country.
According to him “that the result of the findings would determine the kind of houses Nigerians preferred as such would enable the government to properly address housing deficits.
“The estimated housing deficit of more than 17 million units for the country had no source.
“I have tried to find out the source of the figure but did not, what the figure shows is that half of Nigerian population are homeless which is not true,” he said.
He advised the Managing Director the company, Mr Hakeem Shagaya, to roll out prefabricated assembly project by educating Nigerians on the importance of using such material for building.”Government would support the company to expand the project.
Shagaya said that the company’s objective was to solve the housing deficit in the country by providing an alternative solution.
He said that project involved making prefabricated housing a viable alternative to the brick houses which Nigerians are used to.
“We provide services in fabricated homes, fabricated log homes, modular building and all kinds of building construction services,’’ Shagaya said.