Members of the Real Estate Association of Nigeria (REDAN) have expressed its readiness to work with the administration of Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) to actualize the All Progressive Congress (APC) Manifesto of building one million houses yearly between 2015-2019.
To this end, the association has also concluded arrangements to present a position paper to government on the plan, which if well implemented would go a long way in reducing the huge housing deficit in the country.
REDAN national President, Ugochukwu Chime who disclosed this at media briefing in Abuja last week, said that the 17 million housing deficit in the country needs to be addressed urgently, adding that the association is forming a committee on “Strategy and Road Map” for the actualization of the proposed one million housing programme of the in-coming administration.
He said: “They need such input from critical stake-holders to ensure that they hit the ground running, the committee has been mandated to ensure that their report is ready within the next two weeks so that we can begin to engage them to enable us assist the in-coming administration actualize its manifesto as it affects the housing sector”.
Chime observed that REDAN is determined to ensure that even if government cannot amend the Land Use Act by constitutional means by way of some executive decisions and executive act, government can take the bite out of those sections of the Land Use Act that is impeding the delivery of affordable housing to Nigerians.
“We will engage both the federal and State governments since the issue of Land is on the Concurrent list, which enable the federal and state governments to legislate independently on them”.
SOURCE: The Guardian Newspaper, Monday, April 20, 2015.