Dangiwa pledges to reform housing sector
Dangiwa pledges to reform housing sector

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Dangiwa, has promised to implement the housing and urban sector reforms in the country.

The minister noted that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development was exploring creative solutions to implement the necessary reforms in a bid to rewrite the story of housing and urban development in Nigeria.

In a statement, the Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister, Mark Chieshe, said the ministry was committed to changing the narrative by addressing the housing challenge head-on, using a multipronged approach that caters to all income cadres of society and transforming the landscape of housing and urban development.

“As the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, I have taken Mr President’s vision, and I am determined to actualise it. Our aim at the ministry is to implement the most historic housing and urban sector reforms the country has ever witnessed.

“We want to drive through initiatives that will create an enabling environment for easier, safer, and profitable private sector investments in the sectors. We are committed to providing the right leadership as the focal driver of His Excellency’s bold vision for the housing sector. Indeed, we are charting a progressive, proactive and knowledge-based approach to address these issues by thinking out of the box,” Dangiwa said.

He noted that the creation of an independent Ministry of Housing and Urban Development was not just proof that the President was prioritising the sector, but a strong statement of the expectations of Mr President from the leaders, public servants, and stakeholders in the sector.

“By this demerger, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has shown that housing is a top priority for his government, because of its unique potential to catalyse economic growth, create jobs and lift millions out of poverty.

“The implication is that Mr President now expects action and results. So, as commissioners of housing and critical stakeholders in the housing delivery value chain at both national and sub-national levels, we must all up our game. We must work harder to break all the barriers that have militated against the progress of the sector,” he added.

Dangiwa reemphasised some targets of the ministry, including the creation of Renewed Hope Cities across the country, beginning with a first phase of 34,500 housing units to be launched before the end of the year.

He added that the ministry would also upgrade of 26 slums across the six geopolitical zones; carry out extensive land reforms to promote investment in the real estate sector, strengthen the ministry and its agencies to better support housing delivery, etc.

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