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Ambode Tasks State Housing Corporations On Housing Delivery

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Posted: Jun 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nkasiobi Oluikpe, Lagos

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has called on all state housing corporations in Nigeria to make efforts to justify their creation by embarking on massive mass housing development across the country to reduce the current housing deficit in the country.
Ambode stated this through the Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Housing, Arc. Foluso Dipe, during the official commissioning of the Association of Housing Corporations of Nigeria (AHCN) office complex in Lagos,
The Governor tasked the Association to look inward on how to provide affordable housing to Nigerians thereby creating job opportunities for capable hands among Nigerian youths to ensure qualitative housing production in the country.
While congratulating the Association on its efforts, he enjoined the body to judiciously utilize the opportunity of having its own office complex to work for Nigerians.
Also speaking at the event, Arc. John Anthonio Bede, former Managing Director, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation and Special Assistant on Housing to former Governor Bola Tinubu, advised the Association to partner with polytechnics, technical colleges and other tertiary institutions in the country, so as to train technically inclined artisans in order to eliminate quacks in the industry and curb cases of building collapse.
He added that such training will create multiple effects on employment generation thereby reducing high unemployment rates among youths as well as enhance economic development.
The five-floor ultra modern tower located in the serene Ikeja Central Business Area of the centre of government seat in Alausa is developed by Centre Base Consult Limited, a dynamic indigenous company. The office complex, which is seated on 2,239sqm land will serve the business needs of Nigerians and foster efficient business operations due to its accessibility.
The President of AHCN, Mohammed Baba Adamu, in his address stated that it is on record that the input of the Association formed the core policy thrust of the current national housing policy today. These efforts, he said, were aimed at making decent accommodation accessible to Nigerians at affordable costs.
Speaking further, he said, “For us as an association, we have taken time to re-examine our impacts over the years and we realize that we need a new direction and focus to be able to meet the housing needs of our people. For this reason, we are finalizing a new policy of reducing and eradicating homelessness within a very short time from now.
“We are therefore coming with a programme that we tagged ERAHOMS, which is basically aimed at reducing and eradicating homelessness among our people. The proposed programme is part of our efforts to provide affordable housing for Nigerians especially those who are interested in using National Housing Fund (NHF) to purchase housing units. Our major targets are contributory workers especially civil servants in states that are remitting their deductions to FMBN regularly. Details of this programme will be unfolded to the public within the next few weeks.”
Adamu solicited the support of the government in executing the programme and remarked that the association is starting off training programmes for all professionals in the built environment to address issues of substandard production of housing, so as to halt occurrences of building collapse in the country.
He also disclosed that the association is ready and willing to partner with the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing through the ministry’s staffers on one hand and professionals in the built environment on the other hand for the development of housing sector.
“It will interest you all to know that this is the first property the Association as a body can boast of after several years of existence. This land was allocated to the Association in 1986 and all efforts to develop it proved abortive until 2014 when destiny brought the Association across Centre Base Consult Limited, an indigenous property development company that developed this edifice and brought us together today.”