Housing minister blames all for collapsed buildings

Amma Pepple outlined the achievements of her ministry.

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Amma Pepple, on Thursday in Abuja during the ongoing ministerial platform, said Nigerians involved in construction processes are all responsible for the frequent building collapse in the country.

“All of us are responsible for the constant building collapse; when the mixer is supposed to mould few blocks from a bag of cement and ends up with 100 blocks…

“I was meant to understand that a slab is supposed to be left for 28 days but how many of us do that,” Ms. Pepple said.

The minister emphasised that building collapse results from a number of issues: from the use of sub standard building materials, inappropriate mixing measure, to cutting corners to make more profit than appropriate during building. She also blamed professional supervisors who fail to supervise their building sites, and building owners who change building plans veering from the original approved plans.

While stating the achievements of her ministry, Ms. Pepple said her ministry generated a total revenue of N3 billion between May 2011 and May 2013. The revenue was generated from tender fee, ground rent, title registration fee, consent fee, C of O processing fee, and survey fee.
She also stated that the states and federal government have been supportive of the ministry.

“We are getting a lot of support from state governments and federal government. The FCT minister here has been able to allocate 1,000hectares of land that is why you can see the spread of houses we have here,”she said.

Ms. Pepple said the ministry is set to flag off a sensitization programme to educate civil servants on how to apply for public housing.

“We will have sensitization on how to access FHA (Federal Housing Authority) and even if you don’t get a house and you retire, you can get your money back with two per cent interest,” she said.

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