Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has advised developers to be conscious of the effects of climate change when building structures.
Mustapha gave the advice on Monday in Abuja while inaugurating Wood Hill Estate built by Cooperative Housing Loan with the support of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).
He was represented by Mr David Adejo, Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office.
He said that developers should be conscious of the effects of climate change when building structures and put measures in place to tackle them.
“We should have a good amount of vegetation programme, provide for waste recycling materials, and also think of providing renewable energy as a source of power generation.
“Most importantly, from the recent rate of flooding, we should think of flood and erosion control mechanisms.
“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,’’ Mustapha advised.
Mustapha also charged the developer of the Wood Hill Estate to ensure that the structures were maintained and sustained for maximum usage.
He added that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government was committed to providing portable houses as a strategic national imperative to guarantee the welfare and productivity of Nigerians.
“It is in pursuit of 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; we are aligned to the 11th goal of Sustainable Development Goals to link human settlements and cities.
“In this wise, 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, Mr Dayo Babatunde, Chairman, Perfect Estate Developers Limited, the builders of the estate, said that the National Housing Policy 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.
Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in a remark, said that the bank could do more if it was more funded.
He was represented by Mr Benson Opah, Head of Department, Information, NLC.
Wabba said that the bank should be encouraged to explore other sources of funding, adding 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 beneficiaries of the estate, Mrs Roda Aboye, a staff of the University Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, told the Nigeria News Agency , that she was happy to be part of the beneficiaries, adding that she was “now at peace about accommodation after retirement”.
Aboye, however, said that government should do more sensitisation to get people involved and aware of the benefits of NHF.
NAN reports that 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.
Edited By: Nick Nicholas and Ephraims Sheyin