Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Monday restated his loyalty to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also reiterated his belief that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government will redeem its electoral promises made during the 2015 general elections.
Saraki spoke at the 10th Abuja Housing Show where top government officials and prominent stakeholders in the housing sector brainstormed on the theme: “Expanding access to affordable Housing in Africa.”
This is contained in a statement by Special Assistant to the Senate President on New Media, Bamikole Omishore.
It said that Saraki who acknowledged the presence of the APC National Organizing Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso who kick-started discussions at the summit, the Senate President assured that the APC government is unwaveringly committed to the social welfare of the people while re-affirming his unalloyed loyalty to the party.
Saraki said, “The Senate and the National Assembly as a whole believe very strongly that we must make a difference in the housing sector.”
It said that Saraki who reacted to observations that the existing housing laws needed amendment charged the organizers of the Summit to take a further step by forwarding a document of laws requiring amendments to the National Assembly.
He noted that the Senate has commenced the review processes of several laws affecting property rights and access housing in the country.
According to the Senate President, the review of the National Housing Fund Act is on-going and would be completed before the end of the year.
It quoted Izunaso as saying that housing deficit in the country is pegged at 17million housing units.
Izunaso said “As at today, only 10 per cent of those who dream to own a house in the country can afford it, as against the 92 per cent house owners in Singapore.
“The central objective of the Summit, however, is to come up with feasible strategies on how to end the problem of homelessness in Nigeria.” .
Other personalities at the Summit include the representative of the Speaker of House of Reps, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Çakıl, TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, among other investors. -Nigerianeye