By Adewumi Ojo
The Vice President of Nigerian Institute of Builders, Mr Kunke Awobodu has advised the Federal Government to democratize the process of giving out proposed federal housing unit program for the sake of dividend of democracy and to ease housing difficulty currently facing the populate.
This is in reaction to the announcement made by the minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has begun the construction of 3736 housing units in 33 states of the federation with the engagement of 653 contractors.
Mr Awobodu believes the move is a welcome development which will help in reducing shortage of housing units in the country and plight of millions of Nigerians. He urged the federal government to ensure a smooth transfer of the Housing units to millions of poor Nigerians who are in dive need of shelter. He said only democratized process will help in giving out the housing units judiciously.
“The Federal Government after completing the housing unit, should democratize the process of giving it out to occupants who are in need of them and avoid giving it to middle class”.
He equally urged the federal government to guard against the use of substandard product which may lead to short-lived of the building. He said using of standard product will help in building a durable and long lasting house for the people.
“ The housing unit should come with standard structure that will aid and ensure its standard and durability”.