The President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr. Otis Anyaeji, has said the Federal Government must review its commitment to the housing challenge if it is serious about provision of homes to a good number of the 180 million people in the country.
Anyaeji spoke at the investiture of Ademola Agoro as the Chairman of the NSE, Oluyole Branch, Ibadan on Saturday.
He said that the Federal Government must start addressing the housing problem by showing interest in the manufacturing of building materials, adding that for the past seven years, the society had been advising the government on how to surmount housing problems in the country.
The NSE president said, “One of the roles that the NSE is already playing is trying to, by activism, encourage the government to look at the housing challenge holistically right from the manufacturing stage. To talk about housing 180 million people, you must show more than casual interest in the issue of the production of the materials that are going to be used to develop the houses.
“That is where to begin and after perfection is achieved in that area, we can talk of the seriousness in the need to provide housing for the teeming Nigerian population, and this leads us to industrialisation. It is said that a country cannot be in recession if it can run a stable housing policy and programmes.
“That is what we have been trying to push for the past seven years for the government to understand that housing is not about going to import materials and build house. But when it is approached from the manufacturing end, fittings, machinery and all the equipment needed, then you are doing it sustainably and you will continue to be able to provide housing for the people.”
Before the inauguration of the executive of the Oluyole branch of the NSE, Anyaeji and his team had paid a courtesy visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, who pledged his support for the activities of the society.