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Government will not sell unoccupied houses, says Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has said that the Federal Government has no plan to sell unoccupied houses in most cities across the country.

Fashola also added that government intends to encourage big house owners to break to small units so that people can rent or buy them and start to make income from such houses.

Speaking at the Fellowship Award of the Nigerian Institute of Building in Abuja yesterday, he urged builders to deploy knowledge and value in building projects in our cities.

He said: “We need to build on our knowledge and value. It gives meaning to bricks and mould we use. If we build without knowing the citizens’ needs, it will not last,” he said.

Explaining further, the minister stated that it is the combination of both that give value to building, adding that “we are not planning to sell un-occupied houses in states.”

He, therefore, enjoined real estate developers to construct what people can use, instead of building expensive houses only to be left unoccupied, because young generation needs small houses.

While thanking the Institute for the award on behalf of the Ministry, Fashola said it was in recognition of hard work and team spirit, and would encourage the affordable houses.

Earlier, the National President of the Nigerian Institute of Building, Kunle Awobodu, said: “The fellowship award of the institute is the highest bestow on an individual.”

He said the construction of buildings is a barometer of a thriving economy, and what distinguishes a city from a town, and is the number and quality of construction.

“Any nation bereft of building codes is vulnerable to inappropriate building construction. The use of Nigeria’s building code is to guide building construction,” he added.

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