A Journalist and entrepreneur, Ayodele Samuel Ayo-Oloye has cautioned the Federal Government on its plans to phase out mud houses in the country, saying it will increase the nation’s housing deficit by 40 Per Cent.
Ayo-Oloye who is the Chief Executive Officer of Farm Plus Foods Solution Center stated this in his reaction to the comment by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbannaya Onu, that the FG is developing a draft action for the phasing out of mud houses across the country.
He said government should direct its energy on reviving moribund mud brick factories across the country to reduce cost of building materials and create jobs. He added that the government should promote modern techniques of building with mud, stressing that the current building model in the country is expensive and has not helped in reducing the nation’s housing deficits over the years.
“Owning a decent and affordable house in Nigeria today has become a major challenge due to our building models, since the creation of NIBRA what has been its effect on building culture in Nigeria,” he queried.
Ayo-Oloye challenged government to embrace and support local initiatives in the country to create employment.
“We must begin to look inward in solving mirage of problems facing this country including reducing housing deficits. I am currently carrying out a research on using latrite mud for building houses, they are new technologies and improved models of constructing mud houses. Till date building with mud remains the cheapest, phasing it out will be suffocating lives out of rural dwellers and low income earners in the country,” Ayo-Oloye said.
He added that many countries in the West Africa sub region has been able to meet its housing needs through effective use of latrite mud.
“Laterite soil, the main material used in making mud bricks, is often cheaply found in any part in Nigeria. Houses built with laterite soil are durable, aesthetically pleasant, cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. And the production technique is easy to learn.”
He noted that his Solution Center is at the verge of launching a mud estate project to reduce housing deficit in the country.
“We assembled young building professionals to under study building with muds, our research is at advanced stage and a prototype of the estate will be ready before second quarter of 2017,” he said.