Reps move to provide affordable housing for Nigerians

The House of Representatives Committee on Housing and Habitat has expressed its readiness to address the housing needs of Nigerians through a radical legislative intervention.

Describing the challenges of providing affordable housing to Nigerians as “Complex, demanding, tremendous and overwhelming,” the committee said Nigerians, drawn from the North and South regions, are looking up to the parliament to intervene and bring to an end the scourge associated with housing deficit in the country.

The Chairman of the Committee, Aminu Kurfi, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday, while addressing his colleagues at their inaugural meeting.

He called on his colleagues to show commitment and dedication to the task ahead, stressing that together, the committee would deliver on its mandate.

“In our endeavour to achieve these noble expectations, let me humbly notify my colleagues of the necessity to imbibe the culture of effective legislation, active partnership, efficient collaboration, relevant responsive capacity building, mutual collective responsibility, open door policy, and critical oversight functions.

“I call on us to deeply reflect on each of these managerial ethos and entrench them in our deep-seated minds so as to serve as our guiding principles in all our actions. We should strive to work as a team and engage our oversight partners not as administrative or political adversaries, but rather as professional colleagues and partners in progress.

“The common bonds that unite us with our partners in the oversight domains are denominated in our shared basic responsibility to serve our homeless citizens. Therefore, what unites us far outweighs the gimmicks of administrative or legislative differences.



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