Providing affordable housing to the population has been a challenge for many administrations as all efforts to fill gaps in building construction remain a mirage.
This is the core of deliberations by stakeholders in the building and housing sub-sector in Abuja on alternative means of developing building construction materials away from the conventional, such as cement to make housing available and cheaper.
According to the various speakers at a national workshop on solving the housing problems of low and middle income people, alternative building materials require a renewed approach in order to solve the housing deficit in the country.
While opening the event, the Chief Executive of the Nigerian Road and Construction Research Institute, NBRRI noted that most leaders across the world are striving to provide affordable housing to their citizens and that Nigeria should not be left out.
The general manager said that 60-70% of buildings are material-centric, hence the need to use alternative building materials to reduce costs and accommodation issues.
Professor Duna informed the stakeholders that the NBRRI, through the activities of the Agency, has established a comprehensive integrated technology to develop environmentally friendly and energy efficient innovations in building and building materials. manufacturing that are cost-effective.
The Director General underlined that for a material to be alternative, it must be available and less expensive.
In his remarks, the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, speaking on the theme of the workshop, stressed that it was becoming imperative for stakeholders to put in place a new sustainable framework to identify local materials for manufacturing and construction industries.
The Minister represented by Mr. Basir Usman expressed his belief that the meeting would provide a platform to enhance the development of indigenous building materials, encourage standards and regulate local production for the sustainable construction industry and reduce the import of foreign building materials.
In addition, the President of the Association of Housing Corporation of Nigeria, Dr. Victor Onugwugha, represented by 2nd Vice President William Idakwoji, decried the situation in which some governments have taken responsibility for the corporation, which has led to the relentless collapse of buildings, poor city planning and the use of scythes. building materials lately.
He noted that the role of the Housing Corporation cannot be overemphasized as seen in most states across the country, hence the need for the Federal Housing Authority to empower them to replicate them to alleviate the plight of Nigerians when it comes to housing.
“The Department of Housing, at both federal and state levels, should focus on providing an enabling environment and oversight to enable the Housing Agency to fulfill its statutory mandate.” He said
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Ms. Monilola Udoh, who declared the workshop open, said there was no better time than now where most Nigerians could not afford to buy their own house to solve the problem of affordable housing. .
Mrs. Monilola Udoh could not hide her delight at the caliber of resource persons and the level of cooperation among stakeholders in the construction sub-sector and pledged the ministry’s commitment to support the NBRRI in achieving its mandate.
Reporting by Rabi Momoh, editing by Daniel Adejo