Zonal Director, North West, National Housing Programme, Arc Toluhi Joseph, has said Nigeria has a deficit of over 18 million housing units.
Toluhi Joseph disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital yesterday when he led a federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing team on the supervision of 80 number housing units project embarked upon at Kuraje village in Gusau local government area of the state.
The director’s statistics raised alarm over the federal government new mechanism and strategy aimed at ensuring every Nigerian has access to decent accommodation by the year 2020.
He explained that, the essence of their visit to the North West states was to ascertain the levels of quality work and completion as well as ensuring the projects is based on contractual agreements between the federal government and contractors handling the projects within the zone.
He further stated that the national housing programme 2016 projects embarked upon by the federal government had been given to all indigenous contractors nationwide in order to encourage them as well as enhance their economic potentials.
“The federal government is committed to ensuring Nigerians get their essential and decent accommodation under the 2016 national housing programme at affordable rate by the year 2020,” he stated.
He maintained that, after the completion of 80 housing units in Zamfara state, the federal government would soon award additional 80 housing units in each state of the federation, aimed at alleviating the housing deficit among Nigerians.
In his remark, the controller, housing, federal ministry of power, works and housing, Zamfara state field office, Arc B. Usman expressed satisfaction over the quality of work by the contractors handling the Zamfara federal housing units contract, stressing that, over 20 indigenous contractors were given the contract in the state, and that the project had reached over 75 per cent completion stage.