NIESV Agrees with Fashola on Need for Accurate Data Bank for Housing
The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) Thursday in Abuja corroborated the assertion of the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN that Nigeria does not have a 17million housing deficit.
President of NIESV, ESV Emmanuel Okas Wike, who corroborated the long-held standpoint when the Institution paid a courtesy visit to the Minister, said the body was in full agreement with the Minister on the fact that the figure which had been bandied in the country for a long time had no scientific proof.
The NIESV President in his opening remarks at the Ministry’s Conference Room in Mabushi, told the Minister, “We are in total agreement with you on the unreliability of the 17million housing deficit being brandished in Nigeria for lacking scientific proof. We are using this opportunity to reaffirm the importance of data bank and our commitment to the provision of property data bank for all state capitals and major cities in Nigeria.’’
He disclosed that plans were ongoing to carry out enumeration of wasting and abandoned properties across the state capitals, most of which, according to him, belongs to government at various levels, adding that the Institute would then make recommendations on what could be done with them.
In his remarks, Fashola said, ‘there is more demand in housing due to people that move from rural areas to urban centres to squat in the city, and when demand exceeds supply there will be scarcity adding that the solution lay in having accurate data of empty houses in the cities.
The Minister, who expressed delight that the endorsement by NIESV on the non-existence of the 17 million housing deficit in Nigeria put an authoritative seal on the controversy, charged the Institute to come up with accurate data on the housing issue adding that such a data would help towards solving the housing problem.
While commenting on the Land Use Act, the Minister said, “The law is not the problem, it is not enough to say repeal the law, the communities fighting over land resulted in enacting the Land Use Act. Every section of the Land Use Act has been interpreted by the Supreme Court. Administration of the law is the problem rather than the law itself.”
FASHOLA RECEIVES PRESIDENT AND OTHER MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF ESTATE SURVEYORS AND VALUERS IN ABUJA
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola,SAN (left) being presented a plaque by the President,Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), ESV. Sir Emmanuel Okas Wike(right) during a courtesy visit by the Management Committee of the Institution at the Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja on Friday, 10th September 2021.
FASHOLA INSPECTS THE ONGOING RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION AND EXPANSION OF THE LAGOS -IBADAN EXPRESSWAY(SECTION II: SHAGAMU INTERCHANGE - IBADAN) AT THE FORMER TOLL GATE IBADAN
A view of the ongoing Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway (Section II: Shagamu Interchange - Ibadan) from the former Toll Gate Ibadan during an inspection visit by the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN on Wednesday, 15th September 2021.INSET: Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (right) speaking with journalists shortly after the inspection of the ongoing Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway (Section II: Shagamu Interchange - Ibadan) at the former Toll Gate Ibadan on Wednesday, 15th September 2021.