How To End Housing Deficit In Nigeria, By Mahmoud, FCT Minister Of State

Minister of State for the FCT, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud
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As the nation grapples with widespread housing deficit, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, has canvassed a special partnership with private developers towards a national mass housing scheme which would deliver homes to Nigerians at subsidized and affordable rate.

The minister made this call in a paper presentation entitled: “Housing Provision in this Decade”, at the ongoing International Real Estate Conference and Exhibition (IRECE) holding in Abuja.

Mahmoud, who was represented by the Director of Resettlement and Compensation, Tpl. Nasiru Suleiman, also asserted that remedial measures like urban renewal programmes should be encouraged.

The minister called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies to build decent and affordable housing estates to house their members of staff.

Other measures of improving the housing provision in this decade according to her include unwavering commitment and political will of government and conscious annual housing budgetary provision targeted at increasing the housing stock of the nation, thereby solving Nigerian housing problem.

Commending the topic of the conference, the minister noted that housing was a basic necessity constituting one man’s greatest challenges all over the world and best indicators of a man’s standard of living.

Convener of the conference, Mr. Franklin Ajayi, commended current FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, for providing developers the opportunity to express their views in the housing sector.

Ajayi, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Sim and Lloyd Limited, however, appealed for friendly policies that would encourage private developers with a view to solving the housing deficit in Nigeria.

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