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FG increases private sector partnership for mass housing, job creation

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The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini has said the federal government has stepped up private sector collaboration to achieve its goals of affordable mass housing and job creation for Nigerians across the country.

Hussaini made this statement on Wednesday at the ongoing 10th meeting of the National Council on Land, Housing and Urban Development in Ikeja, Lagos state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the annual programme is: “Housing Development as a Catalyst for Job Creation, Social Inclusion and Economic Development.”

He said the ministry had started massive affordable housing across the country, adding that the projects had a positive impact on the national economy by creating direct and indirect jobs.

“The ministry has embarked on the construction of decent and affordable mass housing nationwide under the National Housing Programme (NHP) and strengthened corroboration with the organised private sector to provide quality and affordable houses to Nigerians.

“Completed projects under this programme have impacted massively on the national economy through creation of direct and indirect jobs.

“The present administration is committed in ensuring that it addresses the critical economic challenges confronting the country and lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty through the creation of jobs and creating a just and egalitarian society through social inclusion,” he said.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said the state government had created an enabling environment to encourage investments in the real estate sector.

Dr Idris Salako, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, said that the state government had created a favourable environment to encourage investment in real estate.

Salako said the meeting, which was attended by environmental stakeholders from state and federal agencies, as well as the private sector, would help create jobs for people across the country.

“The Lagos State Government has continued to evolve creative approaches and strategic schemes to ensure a greater, livable and sustainable state and one of such is the provision of enabling policies, reforms and programmes.

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“Due cognizance is given to the demand gaps in housing, employment and urban development while also seizing the unique opportunity of bridging the observed gaps in the trio.

“It is important to mention that Lagos State Government has relaxed some policies to encourage investments in real estate sector for housing provision and this is not limited to the lifting of embargoes from areas that were hitherto under various bans.

“This reform translated to availability of more lands, hitch-free for housing while housing delivery was also facilitated by prompt processing of planning permit and engendered more employment.

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