Barring any last minute hitch, the National Housing Programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government will be commissioned in about 33 states of the federation before the end of this year.The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government’s effort at addressing the huge housing deficit in Nigeria, which is estimated at 17 million, gave birth to the National Housing Programme.
Under the programme, the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, embarked on the construction of massive national housing schemes in 33 states of the federation. The project, according to the Minister in charge of the ministry, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, aside from providing affordable and accessible houses for Nigerians, has also created employment opportunities.
In what appears as his testimony, the Minister whose ministry is directly in charge of the National Housing Programme, declared that it has yielded its first expected result of creating employment for youths.Fashola, who spoke recently while on the inspection tour of the project site in Imo state, said that the programme was initiated as part of efforts by the Federal Government to get the teeming youths across the country back to work.
“The very first thing that we needed to achieve has been achieved; get people back to work, move the economy back to growth and get the economy out of recession.”“From the food vendors to the number of companies that are employed here, you can see building materials; you can see labour and you can see an ecosystem of growth.”
A tour to some of the project sites across the country, where some of the NHP projects are sited recently revealed that would be-beneficiaries of the housings units would have access to their allocation in the next couple of weeks.Aside from the fact it would provide houses for Nigerians, it has also created jobs for thousands of all cadres of Nigerians.
Its commission date though Housing News could not ascertain, a source at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, hinted that it would be commissioned soon.
The source said everything about the commissioning has been perfected, saying that it may be done during the presidential campaign.
“Let me assure you that the NHP project would be commissioned before the end of this year (2018).
Everything about the event has been perfected”, the source said.
There is however some issues like; compensation to the traditional land owners, provision of parameter fencing and allocation to Nigerians that truly need affordable homes which need to be addressed.One of the critical issues that should be urgently addressed before the commission date and handing over of the project units to its owners is compensation of the traditional land owners.
From South to the North, one of the agitations of the locals whose communities are the beneficiaries of the project is issue of the compensation. This however, is not the responsibility of the federal government.