The Federal Government on Friday in Katsina said it would provide 720,000 housing units annually to meet the nation’s housing needs.The Supervising Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Alhaji Musa Sada, said this at the inauguration of 102 Ministerial Pilot Housing Scheme.
Sada, who is also the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, said the scheme was aimed at providing affordable houses to the populace in line with the Federal Government transformation agenda.
He said 1,500 housing units were at various stages of completion in various states of the federation.
The minister also laid the foundation for another 150 housing units in Katsina under the second phase of the scheme.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank, Alhaji Gimba Yau Kumo, said he was delighted that the project was completed on schedule and according to specifications.
Kumo said another 150 housing units had been approved for Katsina State under phase II of the scheme.
He urged Katsina State Government to provide basic infrastructure in the area so as to enhance the living condition of the residents.
Kumo said the bank had approved two billion naira estate development loans for Katsina State as part of its demonstration to collaborate with state governments toward housing delivery.
Gov. Ibrahim Shema said shelter was a basic necessity for human beings, and commended the Federal Government for its efforts toward ensuring that every Nigerian had a decent accommodation.
Shema explained that from 2007 to date, his administration had constructed 2,022 housing units, adding that the houses were sold to workers and other individuals at subsidised rates. (NAN)