Nigeria’s housing deficit is estimated to be between 17 to 18 million units but all that is about to change.

Although that figure was documented by the United Nations in 2006; the deficit in 2017 is extremely more.

However,  the housing problem in Nigeria would have been sorted out once and for all.

That's according to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

On Thursday, the government announced that it had commenced the construction of mass housing projects in 33 states across the country.

Fashola, who disclosed this at the sixth meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, told delegates at the event that with ongoing housing projects, the government has fulfilled the commitment it made at the 2016 council meeting by 90 per cent.

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“I had explained that when designs were completed, we would commence construction to pilot the designs and test them for affordability and acceptability.

“I am pleased to report that construction has started in 33 states where land has been made available,” said Fashola while commenting on the progress report on the National Housing Programme.

Fashola also asked the government to increase the amount of money paid to the contractors in advance to up to 50%, especially emerging contractors who have proven integrity.

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