Federal Government says it is working to establish a National Land Commission to chart a new path of effective land administration in the country.
Minister of Housing and urban development, Architect Ahmed Musa Dangiwa disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at the ongoing 12th meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban development holding in Kaduna State.
Architect Ahmed Musa Dangiwa observed that the current land use act, which was enacted in 1978 has no complementary institution set up alongside it to provide the necessary framework, guidelines and mode of operation, hence the need to fix the systemic anomaly.
He also disclosed that the ministry is set to commence phase 1 of the Renewed Hope cities and estates and slum upgrading programme nationwide, before the end of this year.
The Minister pointed out that the project is targeted to deliver 34,500 housing units consisting of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom affordable multi-level flats and bungalows for low-income earners, as well as high-end detached bungalows, terraces and duplexes for high-income earners in 30 States of the federation.
Architect Dangiwa said his ministry had mapped out rent-to-own, public rental, mortgage loans and outright sale options to ensure affordability for all Nigerians.
In their separate goodwill messages, Chairman Senate Committee on Housing and Urban development, Senator Aminu Tambuwal and Chairman, House Committee on Housing development and habitat, Aminu Balele, pledged the readiness of the National Assembly to partner and co-operate with the ministry in its efforts to deliver affordable housing for Nigerians.
In a message, Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State disclosed that the State Government plans to construct 100 housing units in all the 23 LGAs of the State within the next 4 years.
The Governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Housing and Urban development, Dr Aminu Abdullahi Shagali noted that the State Government’s doors are open to investors for public-private-partnership in the housing sub-sector.
Governor Uba Sani also expressed the willingness of the State Government towards partnering with the Federal Government in a bid to facilitate the provision of decent and affordable houses through strategic and focused oriented policies.
The meeting had in attendance, Commissioners of Housing and critical stakeholders in the housing delivery value-chain, at both national and sub-national levels.