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Fashola Minister says some states will get more houses in housing scheme

The demand came when the ministry suggested that the scheme be concentrated in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, among other notable cities in the country.

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The Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has said that some states would need more housing than others due to migration of persons under the ongoing Federal Housing Scheme Initiative.

Fashola disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing the House of Representatives Committee on Works on how to implement the ministry's 2016 budget.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that lawmakers had agitated that the Housing Scheme be spread across the federation.

The demand came when the ministry suggested that the scheme be concentrated in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, among other notable cities in the country.

Speaking further, the minister said not all states were able to submit their housing scheme plan as requested by the Federal Government reason that some were not interested in the scheme.

He explained that the budget set aside for housing for the year would not solve the challenge of accommodation, the country was faced with as various housing pattern would be required.

He said that different housing pattern were still being proposed, adding that when the ministry finalised on the required pattern, the Private Public Partnership would be allowed to participate.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Mustapha Dawaki (APC-Kano) had questioned the delay in providing the housing pattern by the ministry even after the budget was passed six months ago.

According to the ministry, six federal secretariats in each geopolitical zones will be ready for commission by the end of July this year.

``Other project done and still under construction includes the prototype of 316 units of housing," Dawaki said.

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