The Senate has explained the reason for the delay in the passage of Social Housing Bill, saying it was due to further deliberation on some grey areas at the committee level.
The Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Senator Gbenga Ashafa gave the reason during tan awards dinner organised by the Housing Circuit Magazine, in Abuja.
Governor Theodore Orji was conferred with an award as Urban Development Governor of the Year 2013, while Senator Ashafa and nine others received special recognition awards for their contributions to the nation’s housing sector.
Ashafa who recalled the Maslow’s theory of hierarchy of needs said, “we are aware that housing is completely out of the reach on an average man in Nigeria today.” He pledged the readiness of the National Asembly to pass the social housing bill as this would help to reduce the 17 million units housing deficit.
”The delay is due to further deliberations at the housing committee level on some grey areas that would ensure that the bill stands the test of time,” the lawmaker said.
On the award, Ashafa said; “I it as a clarion call not to relent in my avowed commitment in ensuring that our government embarks on affordable housing schemes using the relevant mortgage institutions to achieve this objective.” Chief Orji who was represented by his Commissioner for Petroleum, Sir Tom Ubani described the as well deserved in view of his giant strides in the urban development sector.