By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Mustapha Baba Shehuri, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is unequivocally committed to addressing the housing needs of Nigerians through the National Housing Programme (NHP).
He said the programme was part of Federal Government’s campaign promise to provide critical infrastructure that would enhance the socio- economic development of the country.
The Minister, who was in Minna, Niger State, on the first leg of his inspection tour of NHP sites in the North-Central geo-political zone, stated this during a courtesy call on the Governor of the state, who was represented by the Acting Governor, Mr Ahmad Muhammed Ketso.
He informed him that the Ministry was constructing about 80 housing units in the state in the first phase of the programme, while promising that the state would benefit more as government continues to drive the scheme.
He thanked the Acting Governor for the magnanimity of the state in providing a 5–acre plot of land for the NHP, adding that the location of the site is amongst the best in the country.
In his response, the Acting Governor said the state will continue to collaborate with the Federal Government in bringing development to the people geared towards improving their living standards. He, however, observed that local contractors in the state were not being considered in the programme and appealed to the Minister to consider them in subsequent phases of the Programme in accordance with the “local content” component of the laudable initiative.
He also advised that the Ministry should maintain quality supervision of all its projects in its quest to deliver enduring and quality services to the people.
Federal Controller of Housing, Niger State, Mr Felix Appia, while commending the collaborative efforts between the state and the Federal Government in the execution of Federal Government projects, disclosed that the Ministry apart from the housing policy, is also undertaking other projects such as solar–powered boreholes and construction of classroom blocks, under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) projects and the renovation of the Federal Secretariat Complex.
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