The federal government has said that despite efforts by governments at all levels, Nigeria’s housing deficit remains enormous and that N21 trillion will be needed to properly close the gap.
This was said by Vice President, Kashim Shettima on Sunday in Sokoto during the official groundbreaking for the State government’s 500-unit housing estate.
Mr Shettima remarked that the housing shortage in Nigeria remained a major concern while praising the State Governor, Ahmed Aliyu, for his efforts to meet the housing requirements of his people.
According to the VP, “Nigeria has a deficit of 28 million houses and we will need N21 trillion to meet our housing needs.
“This step taken by the Governor is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by other State governments.”
“The Governor has started well by completing the roads and flyovers he inherited,” he added.
Governor Aliyu stated earlier in his speech that the housing estate would be for civil officials and that after it was finished, it would be sold to them on an owner-occupier basis.
“This is a project that was initiated by the former Governor of the State, Aliyu Wamakko but was later abandoned by the immediate past administration but we are determined to complete it for the benefit of our workers and the general public,” he said.
The project will cost the State government N7.3 billion to complete, the Governor said. It is located in the Wamakko Local Government Area of the State.
Former Sokoto State Governor Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Abubakar Kyari, Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation Bello Goronyo, and Former Deputy Governor of Sokoto State Mukhtari Shagari were among those present at the event to commemorate the administration’s 100 days in office.