The Federal Government has raised concerns over the growing number of Nigerians homeless, disclosing that atleast 70 million persons were without roof above them.
It described the growing number of Nigerians without adequate shelter as worrisome and needed urgent intervention.
The Minister of State 1 for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, who disclosed the statistics in Calabar on Sunday during an interview with newsmen, stated this after the inspection of the National Housing Programme of the Federal Government at Ikot Omin community in Calabar.
He assured that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was determined to provide affordable houses for millions of Nigerians, who do not own houses.
According to him, the Ministry has since embarked on strategies on how to launch the phase two of the project in the state with a view to providing more houses for Nigerians.
‘‘This is National Housing Programme and it is meant to provide affordable houses for Nigerians.
‘‘There is a value that one has to pay to own a building like this; that is why the buildings here are for all Nigerians that can afford it.
‘‘This is an attempt to make houses affordable to all Nigerians because according to statistics, more than 70 million Nigerians don’t have houses.
‘‘The contractors have written to us that they need more release of funds to enable them complete the project. I am going to take this up to ensure that money is released to enable them complete the building in the first quarter of 2019,’’ he added.
According to contractor from Tictos Limited, Orok Effangha, the project had brought development to the Cross River community.
He added that the Federal Government’s efforts would go a long way in solving the housing deficit in the country.
The minister, who also inspected the Emergency Repair of Washout at Pamol, along the Calabar-Odukpani highway, praised the Sermatech Construction Company for the good work done.