The Federal Government is committed and remains passionate about solving the housing challenge in the country, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Raji Fashola has said.
He made this assertion on Thursday in Ibadan,the Oyo State capital during an inspection tour of the Federal Government Housing Project, which is located on the Ibadan-Oyo Expressway.
“We believe that if individuals and private landlords can review downward the number of years demanded for rent, the pressure of looking for two or three years rent by the tenants will reduce”
“That is one of our appeals to National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development as they are meeting in Jos”.
“I am appealing to them that they should go to their various State Assemblies after the meeting and pass legislation that will reduce the number of years landlords demand as rent from tenants.
According to him, the Federal Government is determined to do something more in the area of housing.He noted that many Nigerians can no longer meet up with the payment of their house rents and constantly face eviction threat by landlords.
On the level of work done at the site, the minister expressed satisfaction and showed optimism that the project would be completed as scheduled.
According to The News Agency of Nigeria, the housing project is made up of 72 units.
“I believe if this can be done, the pressure on tenants will be minimized, ” Fashola pointed out.
The Federal Controller of Works in Oyo State, Mr Kayode Ibrahim and other management staff of the Works and Housing Ministry were part of the minister’s entourage.