Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday reiterated his loyalty to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
A statement signed by his special adviser on new media, Mr. Bamikole Omishore, stated that the Senate President believes that President Muhammadu Buhari will redeem his electoral promises to the people.
The Senate President 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.”
Acknowledging the presence of the APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso who earlier kick-started discussions at the summit, Saraki assured that the APC government was unwaveringly committed to the social welfare of the people while re-affirming his unalloyed loyalty to the party.
“The Senate and the National Assembly as a whole believe very strongly that we must make a difference in the housing sector,” he said.
The Senate President, reacting to observations that the existing housing laws need respective amendment and repeal, charged the organisers of the summit to take a further step by forwarding a document of laws requiring amendments to the National Assembly.
“I assure you that action will be taken instantaneously,” Saraki promised.
Saraki noted that the Senate has commenced the review processes of several laws affecting property rights and access to housing in the country.
According to him, the review of the National Housing Fund Act was on-going and would be completed before the end of the year.
Earlier, Senator Izunaso, noted that housing deficit in Nigeria was pegged at 17million housing units.
“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,” he said.
Other personalities at the summit included the representative of the Speaker of House of Representatives, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cak?l, TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, among other investors.