Bala Kaoje, Former Minister of Sports, has called on the Federal Government to put in place a sustainable housing programme in order to address the housing need of Nigerians.
Kaoje was speaking in Abuja on Tuesday at the 2020 Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) Builders Congress with the theme: ‘ Sustainable Development Policies Practices and Technologies in Construction.’
He urged the council to reawaken its leadership role in keeping abreast with technology development as well as keeping to standards.
” The issue of sustainability is what is moving the world forward. Countries that maintain sustainability in their development policies have gone far ahead.
” Our development policies are not sustained. There are a lot of them that last only with the government. If the government leaves, that policy dies and that is why we have a serious problems in building sector.
” There has to be a well defined housing programme that must be sustained by government at all levels. If there is no serious sustainable development programme on housing, then we will continue to be having deficit.
” The government should agree that every year, we will deliver a certain housing programme for Nigerians with partnership with private sectors which the government should lead. If we don’t do that we will never be able to provide adequate housing for Nigerians.”
Kaoje therefore called on the council to always advice the government at all levels on their roles in given priority to housing development.
According to him, government has promised that they will build 300,000 housing across Nigeria but the council must pursue this promise to its realisation.
Also, Prof. Kabir Bala, Chairman of CORBON Council called on builders to as a matter of priority maintain standards and high quality in the delivering of any project.
Bala said this would give the council its pride in the sector and among other agencies while also calling on builders to discharge their roles adequately in the building sector.
The event which is both virtual and physical featured the presentation of lifetime award and induction of 76 inductees.
Among those presented with lifetime award are Mr Fatai Osikoya, the Pioneer Chairman of CORBON, Late Prof. AKIN Akindoyeni, immediate past Chairman of the council and Late Emmanuel Ajala, Pioneer CORBON Registrar, among others.