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‘FG  created 54,000 jobs with housing revolution’

As part of effort to tackling the challenges of urbanisation, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has said that the government is addressing the issue with over 54,000 jobs already created in the pilot projects.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Suliemna Zarma, who addressed participants at the UN-Habitat and World Cities Day celebration, said that the Federal Government was tackling the issue of urbanisation by embarking on a strategic housing revolution, and the projects already ongoing at different cities.

Zarma stated that necessary machinery had been put in place for the projects, with the pilot implementation already creating opportunity for 643 contractors, creating about 13,680 direct jobs and 41,000 indirect jobs.
Also speaking on the challenges that many developing economies are faced with, especially in urbanisation, a former Director, Regional Office for Africa, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Prof. Oyebanji Oyeyinka, made a startling revelation that Nigeria’s backwardness in development was disturbing, as a recent study he led for the United Nations showed that Nigeria was 30 years behind South Korea and some other developing nations in development.

Oyeyinky, who disclosed this, said that policy makers in Nigeria had continued to make efforts in the wrong direction, especially in the area of urbanisation and affordable housing.
He further stated that Nigeria was backward because people have continued to move from rural areas to urban centres without producing anything, but only consuming.

He said: “From the recent study I did for the United Nations, I discovered that Nigeria was 30 years behind South Korea and some other developing economies.
“Urbanisation is not just a demographic change but a structural environmental and economical transformation. People move from rural area to urban areas without producing, thereby making the cities consuming cities.”

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