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Government committed to provide housing: Minister

11 February 2014, 21:45

Abuja - The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, has reiterated the federal government’s commitment to provide affordable housing to Nigerian workers.

Speaking in Abuja during the launching of the mass housing scheme for Nigerian workers, Wogu said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was determined to end the plight of workers who had to wait until retirement before they owned homes.

He advised state governments to make land available for the construction of houses for workers nationwide.

The Minister said the United Housing Scheme Project was a practical way of supporting and achieving the mass housing-for-all target.

According to Wogu, besides the fact that the scheme would make workers comfortably own their homes, it would also offer employment opportunities to the teaming unemployed youths.
“It is worth saying that there is a tripartite relationship among government, labour and workers in Nigeria, where government provides the land. One major area of the Transformation Agenda is affordable houses and today marks the beginning of the programme in Abuja. It is good that labour too has keyed into the housing transformation, not only in terms of employment but also in the provision of houses to its membership in all parts of the nation,” said Wogu.

The Minister expressed government’s delight in the mutual cooperation, stressing that government would continue to promote those benefits which would make the coalition stronger and healthier.
As demand outstrips supply, it is estimated that there is a deficit of between 16 million and 20 million housing units.

- CAJ News


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