The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has advocated to the government for coordinated efforts including engaging of experts and proper planning of cities, in bid to address the rising housing challenges confronting Nigerians.
According to Eng. Adekunle Mokaoulu, President of NSE, accessibility and right of use of land to develop housing schemes and corresponding capacity development were impeding the growth of housing stock.
Infrastructure in the rural communities
Eng. Adekunle noted that the country’s housing deficit stands at over 18 million housing units. He further pointed out that most of the subsisting interventions by the government in the housing sector favored the elites.
“Provision of critical infrastructure in the rural communities will go a long way in boosting productivity and creating wealth. Iron and steel holds the golden key to the development of all other sectors including our automotive, construction and machinery industries among others. The steel sector of our economy can emerge as the highest employer of labour if revived,” said Adekunle Mokaoulu.
Additionally, the NSE President said the association will re-emphasize the need to prioritize rural integration in the approach to infrastructure development in the country. He also applauded, the government’s move to commence of construction sites to ascertain the level of compliance with Executive Order 5, targeted at improving local content in public procurement.
He explained that in Nigeria, it has been an uphill task getting successive government to understand the importance of Indigenous engineering innovations to national economic and social development.