‘Why Govt Moves To Implement Housing Policy’


The Federal Government Policy on Housing and Urban Development plan as contained in the government’s White paper on Urban  Development and Housing of 2002 is now to be fully implemented by the present administration.

As part of the implementation programme, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development would be repositioned for better performance and efficiency.

The permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry, Mr. Anthony Ozodinobi who dropped this hint, said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration place premium on achieving the Housing and Urban Development target.

Addressing the staff of the Ministry in Lagos State during a three day official visit as part of the programme lined-up for the implementation of the policy, Mr. Ozodinobi charged the workers to be ready to brace-up with challenges of the repositioning.

The permanent secretary who spoke on measures being taken by the ministry to achieve government’s plan disclosed that the ministry would promote computerisation and human capacity development of lands registries in the country with special emphasises on the development of a co-ordinated and comprehensive registry for all lands belonging to the federal government and its agencies.

Besides, he further stated that the ministry would network land registries in the country into a national depository.

In the same vein, the ministry would collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Industries, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute and the Committee of Bankers in promoting and enhancing the growth and development of small and medium scales industries in the building materials sub-sector in all parts of the country.

The permanent secretary also said that the present administration was determined to set standards, regulate, supervise and monitor the development of building materials and housing types for both rural and urban areas.

During the visit, Mr. Ozodinobi inspected Satellite Town, Olodi Apapa Tolu Village in Ajegunle and Banana Island among others.


Isaac Nwankwo