The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan, has said that the Federal Government will deliver no fewer than 2,450 housing units in the first phase of the National Housing Programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He said the programme involved the building of an average of 70 housing units in 35 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
Hassan spoke on Thursday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, during an inspection of the ongoing 76 housing units under the NHP at Osin Aremu/Aliara community in the Ilorin West Local Government Area.
He reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to reducing the housing deficit in the country by constantly delivering a particular number and consistently too.
The minister stated that indigenous contractors, engineers, builders and artisans were competent to handle building projects in the country.
He said the Federal Government was desirous of Kwara State providing it with additional land for the second phase of the NHP.
“From what I have seen on this site, I think the local contractors are competent. I have seen the level of tiling that was done; the tilling is excellent, the ceiling, among others, is fine. The artisans are the ones that bring out the beauty of any house; so, we need to take our artisans seriously and give them more training,” he added.