The sale of government houses to a few privileged persons has been described as a criminal act against ordinary Nigerians.
Professor Sam Aluko, a foremost economist, and former Chairman, National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC), stated this recently at a national dissemination workshop on the housing component of the 2006 Census in Abuja.
Aluko said that it was criminal to sell houses designed and built for the low income earners to the rich ones, noting that â€œa situation where the leaders will buy the houses belonging to the people is criminal.â€
He said that a situation where the rich men bought over houses and the people these houses were built for could not get them is appalling, adding that such a thing is not practiced anywhere.
The national dissemination workshop on the housing component of the 2006 Census, organised by the National Population Commission (NPC), is to sensitise the general public and stakeholders on the range of housing data generated in the 2006 Population and housing Census.
He however commended efforts made by governments in the past to construct modern houses in the main capital cities and some other urban centres, and urged stakeholders, including institutions of learning, to examine ways of providing affordable housing in the country.
â€œBut since 1999, with the inception of the civilian regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Federal Government and many of the state governments have pursued the privatisation of such houses by selling them off to individuals and substituting a housing monetisation policy that is not only retrogressive but also inadequate to cover the cost of decent housing for any category of public servants,â€ he noted.