As part of drive to reduce housing deficit in Nigerian which has climbed to 20 million at the end of 2016, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday, said the Federal Government has commenced construction of houses in 33 states for workers under its National Housing Programme.
Explaining the development at the sixth meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development organised by the ministry in Abuja, Fashola averred that under the housing programme, about 653 contractors were engaged in the pilot scheme to deliver 2,736 units, while a total of 54,680 people were employed in the process.
According to him, the feat was made possible because of the availability of land in those state was to fulfil commitments made in last year’s council meeting held in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Fashola recalled that “At the time of the council meeting in August 2016, I reported that we were finalising designs to accommodate our cultural, climactic and other diversities”.
“And that when the designs were completed we will commence construction to pilot the designs and test them for affordability and acceptability.
“I am pleased to report that construction has started in 33 states where land has been made available. This is fulfilment of another commitment made at last year’s council by at least 90 per cent.”
Business Hilights recalls that the minister had during the 2016 council meeting, resolved to facilitate the use of exchange of letters for the Transfer of Title to land when states were transferring land to the Federal Government.