Abuja - The Federal Government has approved the sum of N1 billion for the upgrading of slums in five states across the country.
The fund which is expected to be administered by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is to be used to upgrade slums in Kano, Lagos, Rivers, Abia and Kogi.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, while briefing pressmen after the weekly Federal Executive Council Meeting, FEC, chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Maku and the Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ibrahim Mahe, told journalists that the Ministry has so far issued a total of 1101 and 130 Certificate of Occupancy, in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
He stated that no fewer than 58,632 Nigerians are expected to benefit from the construction of 8069 houses which is being put up by the Federal Government through partnership with private housing developers.
Maku said the Ministry built a total of 8069 houses and created a total of 720 228 jobs in the housing sector, in conjunction with private developers, adding that the ministry delivered 8069 houses for both low and middle income earners.
The ministry disclosed that a total of 58632 Nigerians are expected to benefit from the houses.
The Ministry of Information also presented its own score cards which dwelt on its strategic communication policies to explain government policies to Nigerians.
Maku said the National Good Governance Tour has created a healthy competition among states as every state government is now working hard to ensure that they surpass achievements of other states.
“The reality is that the Good Governance Tour has been well received and people have been able to ask questions about government projects.”
“As a journalist myself, I think part of my responsibility is to open the government to the people,” he said.
Speaking on the Ministry’s Communication Strategy, he said it is to provide direct response to the action of terrorists.
He said the Ministry of Information seeks to show that the terrorists are not representing the interest of Nigerians.
This strategy, he said, has been used to defeat terror in the minds of the people of Nigeria and has helped to reduce the impact of terrorists’ propaganda.