FG Welcomes Private Sector Initiatives In The Delivery Of Affordable Housing
The Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN has reiterated the efforts of the present administration to provide affordable housing delivery to the teeming Nigerian population.
The Minister in his keynote address delivered at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Abuja Housing and Investment Expo, noted that the theme of this year’s event "Housing and Investment for Economic Recovery’’ is most tropical and apt, considering the present government’s position for the provision of affordable housing, investment and promotion, job creation are all efforts targeted toward ensuring economic recovery.
Fashola stated that the ministry is willing to collaborate with private sectors ready to invest in housing and urban development, adding that this will invariably create enabling environment for the citizens to purchase affordable houses of their choices based on their income.
The Minister added that the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing will always welcome and continue to encourage new concept of decent and affordable mass housing for the people towards the full realization of government's ultimate goal as contained in the National Housing Policy.
He commended the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Shelter Aid Limited, organizers of the event for their consistency and commitment in ensuring that adequate and affordable housing provision through massive investment in the sector is actualised.
The Chairman of the occasion and the Chairman Senate Committee of Federal Capital Territory, Senator Dino Melaye, regretted that corruption is an impeding factor that has hindered the development and growth in the housing sector and therefore urged stakeholders to have a change of heart and put the interest of the people first.
Melaye stated that his committee is already working on ‘Rent Edit’ in Abuja that will protect tenants and landlords and help checkmate incessant increase of rents in Abuja.
He added that while "not everybody can own a house", the rent edit will help to tele-guide and curb excessive rent in the Federal Capital City and the nation at large’’. He however promised that the committee will ensure that the rent edit will be passed into law before the end of the 8th Senate.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Tony Ejinkeonye welcomed participants and invited guests to the occasion. He urged everyone to take advantage of the technical and plenary sessions and also interact with the exhibitors so that the economic recovery plan of the government is given a face-lift by private sectors’ participation.
COUNCIL MEMBERS DELIBERATING ON THE SUBMISSION FROM THE VARIOUS THERMATIC GROUP REPORTS
Council members deliberating on the submission from the various Thermatic Group reports at the National Council on Works holding at Kebbi State Photos by Bose from Press Department of the Ministry
FASHOLA KACHIKWU ONNOGHEN AT THE 3RDIIPELPNJI ANNUAL JUDGES WORKSHOP ON PETROLEUM GAS AND POWER SECTORS
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SANmiddle representative of the Ag President and Hon Minister of State Petroleum Resources Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu left and representative of the Attorney General of the Federation Mr Pius Otehmiddle during the Opening Ceremony of the 3rdIIPEPNJI Annual Judges Workshop on Petroleum Gas and Power Sectors at the Aloysius Katsina Alu Seminar Block National Judicial Institute Abuja on Monday 19th June 2017