By Lanre Oloyede and Amadin Idahosa
The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has stated that Nigeria’s housing deficit remains 17 million as opposed to 22 million being bandied about in some quarters.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mohammed Bukar, who gave the clarification, asked the public to disregard the speculated figure as there is no empirical research document to back such claim, adding that if there is any increase in the original figure of 17 million, the ministry of work and housing will make it known to the public.
Bukar stated this at a One-day National Sensitization Forum on Lands, Housing and Urban Development Multilateral Programme of Collaboration held in the Main Conference Room of Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Abuja.
The interactive session with the theme: “Achieving National Housing and Urban Development Goals: Opportunities for Partnerships and Technical Cooperation” was convened to acquaint stakeholders with insights into the operations, mechanisms, tools and opportunities for collaboration, technical assistance and capacity building with key multilateral partners who have contributed substantially, through various interventions, to advance housing and human settlements development in Nigeria.
The forum is also intended to provide useful guidance for intending delegates to the forthcoming 10th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) holding in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 8th to 13th February, 2020 with a view to ensuring coordinated, effective and harmonized participation of delegates to the forum which has undisputedly grown over the last 18 years to become the landmark event in the calendar of the global urban community.
In his keynote address, the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by the Minister of State, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, urged all intending partners to the forth-coming World Urban Forum to optimally harness the diverse opportunities it offers, and to attract frontier technologies, new innovations, capacity building and funding support to efficiently address our urban challenges in implementation of the New urban Agenda and the Urban Sustainable Development Goals.