Land acquisition is one of the major challenges confronting National Housing Program, NHP, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
This is as Buhari thanked the Niger State Government for providing not only enough land but a suitable one in the highbrow area, “Three Arms Zone” for the Phase one of 80 housing units in the state. The President, who inaugurated the 80 housing units under the National Housing Program (NHP) phase One said the program was aimed at addressing the housing needs of all Nigerians.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, commended the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for using almost hundred percent locally made building materials in the construction works for the estate.
He said this will go a long way in boosting the income of indigenous contractors as well as local businessmen. He stated that with this inauguration the dreams of those who wants to own house has since become realistic.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammad Ketso commended the Federal Government for the National Housing Program which he said would close the housing gaps in the country.
He reiterated the commitment of the Niger State Government to continue to give all necessary support in this direction especially in the phase two and three of the Programme. Earlier, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, represented by the Director Urban and Regional Planing (South West) in the Ministry,
Alhaji Muhammad K Muhammad thanked the Niger State Government for its support to the Program and urged other states to emulate it.
He said forty percent of the housing units will be given to the State Government for the State Civil Servants.
Mr. Fashola explained that that so far, the National Housing Program Phase One has been completed in about 34 states of the Federation.