Inaugurating Phase One of the National Housing Project (NHP) in Ilorin, Kwara state, on Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari highlighted the NHP as a model of the successful implementation of his change goal. 6,000 residential units are being built in 45 locations across the country. Included in this phase are 76 completed homes together with accompanying roads, infrastructure, water supplies, and power. A report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stated that the housing buildings on Asa Road are made up of 48 two-bedroom bungalows, 20 three-bedroom bungalows, and four one-bedroom and three-bedroom bungalows.
The president, represented by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, made a brief remark before the project’s inauguration, in which he reflected on how NHP was developed as part of his growth strategy to tackle housing demand in Nigeria. He explained that they campaigned on a platform of change when the All Progressives Congress (APC) ran for office in 2015 and won, and this new construction of homes is a manifestation of such hope for change. Beyond the creation of new jobs, their enthusiasm and dedication to their mission of change also lie in a commitment to the betterment of the people. He remarked It answers to individuals who had long dreamed of owning a house, and that goal had become a reality.
Kwara State government provides that land for the NHP project.
With the cooperation of the Kwara State Government, who gave the site, the president noted the once-abandoned area has been revitalized and would now offer the house for average Nigerians. This is an excellent illustration of the potential for growth that intergovernmental cooperation can bring about, and They have confidence that the Government can accomplish more if additional land is made available. According to the president, the building project improved human conditions in numerous ways. He added that micro, small, and medium-sized firms, which fuel the economy, received house-building contracts.
As a result of their excellent bids, they were able to better the lives of average Nigerians while also providing opportunities for businesses and their employees. They hired suppliers who make money off construction subcontracts to provide everything from sand, cement, roofing materials, piping fixtures, doors, and electrical materials. He emphasized that the economic value chain did not exclude the people at the base of the chain, including artisans, skilled and unskilled laborer’s, builders, and food vendors.
The initiative will also provide houses for the 1994 Super Eagles.
According to the president, the housing program offered a chance to recall the Super Eagles, who had won the 1994 African Cup of Nations and for whom the country had pledged to build homes. President Buhari said that he had given the go-ahead for the 22 Super Eagles to obtain homes in the National Housing Estate within their chosen state. He reaffirmed his administration’s dedication to enhancing the lives of its people by creating jobs and promoting economic growth.
He made it clear that one of his primary goals was to alleviate poverty by creating employment possibilities for people who had previously been without work. However, he added that they might not be able to speak with each and every Nigerian individually, but many people will be reached by their economic strategies and investments in infrastructures, such as the National Housing Programme and others. He added that these policies and investments would bring about positive change in the lives of many people.
Many job opportunities have been created since the initiative’s inception.
Moreover, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, stated the Federal Government started the housing program to build decent, affordable homes for Nigerians. The minister said his ministry started the first phase of the initiative in 2016 in 35 states, including the FCT. Since 2016, around 1,200 building companies have been hired in stages I, II, and III of the program creating 14,500 and 50,140 direct and indirect employment for Nigerians. He noted the ministry had been building over 6,000 residential units in 45 sites, with 2,465 finished in 35 states and FCT. Fashola praised the president and governors for endorsing the plan and helping it succeed.