Abuja - The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has outlined the road-map of his Ministry to achieving a sustainable Housing delivery in the country.
Speaking in Abuja at the 35th Annual General Meeting of Shelter Afrique, he said planning was the first key to the roadmap. Shelter Afrique is a pan-African finance institution.
Fashola said in order to meet the real demands of the majority of Nigerians in housing, it was necessary to embark on proper planning.
“We must never tire to explain the necessity and importance of proper planning. It is the key to successful execution. It is the key to project
completion. It is the key to cost control and reduction in variation requests and financial calculations.”
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Fashola said in order to capture the target population, the ministry needed to conduct a survey to determine what they expected and what they could pay.
Other requirements in the plans, the Minister said, include ensuring that the designs reflect behavioral patterns of Nigerians, such as adequate storage, and other lifestyle needs.
Fashola said that after the announcement that the present Government would be building houses, scores of proposals had been received from people with majority of them saying they want to build 10 000 units of housing.
“A sizable number of them are Road construction companies, and I am aware that the logistics for road construction are quite different from that for housing construction,” said Fashola.
“Some of them want to build duplexes and I think we all agree that this is not where the demand of Africa's urban low income lies.”
Fashola disclosed one of the contractors had signed a contract to deliver a 1 000 housing unit estate since 2013 but ran into difficulty after
building 84 units.
- CAJ News