Nigeria requires about 17 million homes to provide housing for all.
The presidency has directed government agencies to only relocate slum dwellers after adequate having sufficient dialogue with them.
This directive was stated by Vice President Namadi Sambo on Monday at the National Housing and Slum Summit, which held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The theme of the summit was ‘Developing a National Strategy for Mass Housing Delivery and Slum Upgrading’ and was organised by the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development.
“We must recognize that slums are not only shanties and filthy settlements, but people and indeed inhabitants who have emotional attachments to their dwelling spaces,” Mr. Sambo said.
“Efforts aimed at relocating slum dwellers or providing alternative living spaces for them should be undertaken to provide them with better choices through continuous engagements and dialogue.”
The Vice President also noted that issues regarding freedom of choice, respect for human rights, respect for human dignity and other forms of individual liberties, are paramount in a democratic setting. He charged stakeholders to partner with the Federal Government in its quest to provide affordable housing and stem the tide of slum development in the country.
“In developing the proposed National Strategy for Mass Housing Delivery and Slum Upgrading, it is important to note that while mass housing provision and slum prevention are intertwined, the eradication of slums cannot be realized through the building of houses alone.”
Mr. Sambo, while reiterating the commitment of the Goodluck Jonathan administration to reducing the estimated 17 million housing deficit in the country, reassured on the “promotion of sustainable urbanization and implementation of the universal principles for slum upgrading and prevention, in line with our articulated sectoral, policies and strategies.”
He commended the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, including other development partners for supporting the Transformation Agenda, particularly regarding the provision of affordable housing for the citizenry.
In his remarks, the supervening minister of the housing ministry, Musa Sada, said the summit was convened to provide a platform for stakeholders to rub minds and propose innovative and adaptable strategies for suitable housing delivery and slum upgrading in the country.
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