The President of the Nigerian Institute of Builders NIOB) Kenneth Nduka, has said the inability of Nigerians to buy or rent houses is the major factor responsible for the large numbers of unoccupied houses in Abuja and some major cities in Nigeria.
He said despite the huge housing deficit in the country houses in Abuja are not designed to recognise the classes of people in terms of income as beautiful houses in Abuja are occupied by lizards, spiders, rats and rodents because people can’t afford the rent.
Nduka made this disclosure recently in Abuja while speaking with journalist at the Real Estate Exhibition.
He said one of the reasons many people come to work in Abuja from the outskirts is because houses are on the high side adding that housing in Abuja is not designed to recognise the classes of people in terms of income.
The president said the way forward is for professionals to be drafted into the processes of housing delivery both at its design and the implementation level.
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“Someone has to ensure that the right needs of occupants are provided. That’s the only way to ensure that needs satisfaction can be interfaced so that houses will be built and people will be able to occupy them,” he said.