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NIESV calls for consistency in housing policies

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Roland Abonta

The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has called for consistency in programmes and policies of housing in Nigeria to enable the private sector and the citizens take care of their housing needs. 

President of the Institution, Roland Abonta who made the call in Abuja,  called for more government’s  involvement in housing development through the provision of social housing for low income earners and ensuring an enabling  environment for private sector participation.

He said,  “We have a housing gap, government does not have the kind of housing that Nigerians can afford. Government should concentrate on social housing”
He observed that in order to check the problem of building collapse in the country, a new rule has been put in place that any developer  who is starting a new construction must get a registered Engineer to sign an undertaking with government and put his certificate in line that he would supervise the project. W D

While urging developers to desist from using quacks, substandard materials, Abonta stressed the need to eradicate corruption, which has permeated into every sector in the country. 

On the high cost of building material, he said,  “We must make efforts to demphasise the use of foreign materials in the projects we supervise.  If government takes the lead in using locally sourced materials in its housing projects, Nigerians would be encouraged to do the same”. 

He said that the council meeting enables the body to review its activities and come up with a policy thrust that helps in improving the professional practice.  


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