Worried by the housing challenges in the country, the United Nations Rescue Services, has said that it is making strong intervention in the sector in order to provide quality but affordable homes for Nigerians.
The non-governmental body which is an affiliate to the United Nation Economic and Social Council, said provision of mass housing scheme is the surest way to reduce poverty and hunger in the country.
The Convener/Global Chairman of the UN Rescue Services, Ambassador Steve Midalah, stated this on Tuesday, August 17, during a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri at Government House, Yenagoa.
Ambassador Midalah explained that the United Nations Rescue Services engages in developmental services worldwide in order to make life easier for the populace, adding that there are 17 areas of interest but it focuses on eradicating extreme hunger and poverty in Nigeria.
According to him, “We identified one area that if you say you want to eradicate poverty and hunger, and help the people, you have to give them the basic necessities of life. One of them is the housing challenge. Nigeria has over 25 million deficit of housing and it is increasing by the day.
“So, we decided to deliver 10,000 homes in each of the six geopolitical zones abinitio. Our idea is that if you can save a minimum N500 per day, maximum N1000 per day, that means at the end of the month you should be able to come forward with N15,000 to N30,000 and put into a dedicated account for a contribution towards home ownership.
“By the time the contribution gets to N300,000, N500,000, maximum N1 million, we should be able to say this is your key move into your house and pay over a long period of time, say 30 to 50 years at interest free and that is the only way we can meet up with the challenge.
Responding, Governor Diri expressed delight over the development and directed the Commissioner for Lands to without delay provide land for the housing project.
The governor also approved two warehouses for the storing of grains and assured the group of his government’s support to achieve their set goals in the state.
Highpoint of the meeting was the induction of Governor Diri into the Hall of Fame of the UN International Ambassadors.
The UN chief said that it was the highest award to individuals that are dedicated to the development of society.