Naomi Gabriel —
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said his administration is looking at solutions to the country’s housing challenges through the National Housing Programme, a scheme initiated in 2016, aimed at addressing the nation’s housing deficit. The President added that these efforts are now coming to fruition with the completion and inauguration of the housing schemes across the country.
Speaking at the official commissioning of the National Housing Programme, Phase 1, Abere, Osogbo, Osun State, the President, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said the project has impacted positively on the microeconomic businesses that built the houses, thereby effecting Nigerians at the bottom of the pyramid such as artisans, builders, skilled and unskilled workers and food vendors were not left out of this economic value chain.
“Though our desire is to meet every one of those Nigerians in person, if possible, our economic policies and investment in infrastructures such as this National Housing Programme and others will reach and positively impact a lot of them, the president stated.
“Our desire and commitment towards improving the human condition and our message of change, have another facet beyond job creation. It responds to those who have long aspired to own a home. Their dream has now come true with this project.
“But there is more to our message of change and improving the human condition in these housing projects. They make possible, that which had seemed impossible. It provides an opportunity to remember our heroes, the valiant Super Eagles, to whom our country made a promise of providing housing for winning the 1994 African Cup of Nations, which has remained unfulfilled before now.
“On behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, it is a great honour for me to redeem the promise Nigeria made to these patriotic Nigerians, even if belatedly, Buhari noted.