Permanent Secretary, Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Magaji, has declared that the enormous challenges the country is facing with regards to the poor quality of building and housing deficit are largely associated with incompetence and inadequacy of operators within the sector.
The Permanent Secretary said this on Tuesday, after declaring open the technical sessions of the 5th National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Kwara State. A statement said.
Engr. Magaji stressed that once the theme, “Building Adequate Capacity of Professionals, Artisans and Tradesmen in the Built Environment”, is addressed, it would enhance growth and sustainability of affordable housing delivery in Nigeria.
Furthermore, to achieve affordable housing delivery, Magaji said adequate, vibrant and skilled professionals, including artisans and craftsmen are required to deliver on the mandate of mass-housing delivery programmes.
The Permanent Secretary urged delegates to bring their wealth of professional and technical expertise to bear while deliberating on the memoranda presented, as they come-up with workable recommendations that will in the long run, address the challenges facing the industry.
Earlier in his address, the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Kwara State, Muideen O. Alalade urged Nigerians to support the government in restoring competency and sanity to the construction industry.
The Commissioner said the sanity can be achieved by getting rid of quackery and the use of substandard materials in the construction industries which has been the major cause of loss of lives and properties.
The technical sessions comprise Meeting of Directors and Permanent Secretaries of the Federal and States’ Ministries of Lands, Housing and Urban Development respectively, which is to precede the main council on Thursday, August 25, to be chaired by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.
The technical sessions were divided into four syndicate groups with deliberations focusing on Effective/Efficient Lands Administration, Housing Finance, Adequate/Affordable Housing Delivery Urban Development and Adequate Capacity Building of Professionals, Artisans and Tradesmen.

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