By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has called on the attention of estate developers in Nigerian to be conscious of the effects of climate change while building structures.
He gave this advice during the Commissioning of Wood Hill Estate under the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) Cooperative Housing Loan in Abuja recently.
Mustapha who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office David Adejo, said “all developers in the country should be conscious of the effects of climate change saying
“we should have a good amount of vegetation program, provide for waste recycling materials, we should also think of providing renewable energy as a source of power generation.
“Most importantly from the recent rate of flooding we have gotten and the location of these place we should think of flood and erosion control mechanism.
“Of course I will also like to see more local materials in architectural design so that we will increase local content and create opportunities for more employment,’’ He stated .
Consequently,the SGF also charged the developer of the Wood Hill Estate to ensure that the structures were maintained and sustained so that in three to four year time the houses would still be sustainable.
Adding that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government was committed to providing a portable housing as a strategic national imperative to guarantee the wellbeing and productivity of Nigerians.
“It is in pursuit of pursuing this goal that the administration understands the importance of stakeholders involvement and that is why such public private partnership is highly welcomed.
“I want to reassure you of the government commitment were aligned to the 11th goal of sustainable development goals to link human settlement and cities, safe residents and sustainable.
“I want to commend the federal Mortgage bank of Nigeria for pushing this government agenda higher especially with the way it has been involving the private sector,’’ Mustapha said.
On his part, Chairman, Perfect Estate Developers Limited, Dayo Babatunde, the builders of the estate said the National Housing Policy (NPH)of the Federal Government would remain a mirage without the cooperation of contributions of credible real estate developers.
He stressed the need for government’s intervention in the provision of infrastructure especially access roads and more lands to help developers achieve housing construction delivery.
Also,speaking the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC)
Ayuba Wabba said the bank could do more if it was more funded.
Wabba represented by Head of Department, Information, NLC Benson Opah,said the bank should be encouraged to explore other sources of funding emphasizing that government should declare a state of emergency in the housing sector .
“So that houses could be made more affordable to citizens”.
One of the benefiaries of the estate Mrs Roda Aboye, a staff of the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada said she was happy to be part of the beneficiaries adding that she was at peace now about her accommodation after retirement.
Aboye however said government should do more sensitisation to get people involved and aware of the benefits of NHF.
Earlier,the estate was commissioned by Minister for Works and Housing. Babatunde Fashola.
Meanwhile, FMBN, financier of the estate has the mandate to supply the mortgage market with sustainable liquidity for the advancement of home ownership among Nigerians anchored on mortgage financing.
Its products include NHF mortgage loans, NHF construction loan, Home Renovation loan, Rent-to-Own among others.