In order to ameliorate the drawback facing the housing sector in Nigeria, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has called on the private sector to play tremendous role in addressing the wide housing deficit in the country.
He said, while lending his voice at a pubic hearing by the House Committee on Housing on a motion that centers on National Housing Fund, that shelter was one of the key elements needed by citizens of any country to survive. He charged Nigerian government to take the issue of housing more serious, particularly at this period, when the housing deficit was high.
He gave the assurance that the legislative chamber would ensure that the housing bill was passed into law, noting that the constitution of Nigeria mandated those who were in the saddle, including the legislature, to ensure that affordable housing was provided for the people.
In his words: “The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has a duty and responsibility to cater to the welfare of its people. Housing or shelter is one of the most important and fundamental needs of man. The very concept of human dignity requires that a man should have a roof over his head. This is why the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides, inter alia, that the “state shall direct its policy towards ensuring that suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and adequate food, reasonable national minimum wage, old-age care and pensions, and unemployment and sickness benefits are provided for all citizens.”