By Abbas Jimoh
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Gida Mustapha, has call for a comprehensive social housing roadmap to tackle the huge housing deficit in the country and entrench policy sustainability in the sector. He made the call on Wednesday when he received the board members of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) in his office. According to him, the provision of affordable and low-cost houses to citizen is a primary responsibility of government because it is a social investment that should ease housing challenges.
Andrew Agyo Uhwe of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) said in a statement that the SGF observed that over the years this objective has not been realized because of policy somersaults by the successive administrations and urged that since government was a continuum, all developmental policies of the agency should be sustained and not discarded. While reiterating the determination of the present administration to redress the huge 17 million housing deficit, by ensuring that a million houses were built across the country every year, the SGF assured that the administration would do the needful to accomplish the task.
He therefore urged the management of the FHA to take stock and come up with a policy that would ensure that their assets generated are commensurate with revenue, and are not a burden. Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Board, Senator Lawal Shuaibu said they were in the Secretariat to brief the SGF on the activities and challenges of the agency and to seek for support and intervention in key areas of concern. He said that in the 45 years history of the authority, government had made huge investment of over a trillion Naira in housing projects.