Urban Renewal, Affordable Housing Major Focus of My Administration - Kastina State Governor

Urban Renewal, Affordable Housing Major Focus of My Administration - Kastina State Governor

Kastina State governor, Dr Dikko Umar Radda, has disclosed that urban renewal and affordable housing for the people of Katsina state has been the major focus of his  administration.

Raddar who said this during his visit to the office of the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Musa Ahmed Dangiwa in Kastina State.

Speaking, the Katsina State Governor,  Dikko Umar Radda, informed the Minister that he was in the Ministry to seek collaboration with the Ministry to tap from the wealth of knowledge of the  building professionals therein in achieving the vision of Katsina state government of urban renewal and  expanding the city.

Governor Raddar added that his administration has begun the  process of developing a master plan for the state as the old one expired three years ago. 

He therefore, implored the Permanent Secretary and directors of the Ministry to accord the Ministers  their unalloyed support and loyalty to enable them focus on and succeed in the assignment given to them by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Musa Ahmed Dangiwa, in his address of welcome urged Katsina State Government to explore collaboration with key agencies in the Federal housing ministry in order to increase access to affordable housing for the indigenes of the state.

According to a press statement from Salisu Haiba Badamasi,Deputy Director (Information) Press and Public Relations, the housing agencies in the ministry were the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Federal Housing Authority, and Family Homes Funds.

Assuring the governor of the Ministry's support to ensure such collaboration work, the Minister noted that, working together could increase the stock of affordable housing in Katsina state and  would allow the people of Katsina access to quality home within their reach. 

He encouraged the Governor further on collaborative efforts to improve the housing landscape of Katsina state, Dangiwa advised  the governor to partner  with the ministry towards building new cities by leveraging on  Public Private Partnerships with local and international players in housing sector as well as explore innovative housing finance.

" These cities will not only address our growing urbanization challenges but also serve as beacons of progress and modernity. They will be designed with sustainability, inclusivity, and economic viability at their core, reflecting the best practices in urban planning," Dangiwa remarked.

He charged the governor with  championing the adoption and passage of mortgage foreclosure laws by the Katsina State House of Assembly, affirming the  legislative action is key to creating an enabling environment for private sector investment in housing, stimulating economic growth, and providing our citizens with access to affordable housing.

The Minister disclosed that series of housing reforms have been outlined to enable the ministry fulfill its mandate of ensuring that Nigerian  access affordable and quality housing  in line with the vision  of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's Renewed Hope Agenda.

Dangiwa added that the ministry would be embarking  on a Stakeholder Engagement Drive with State Governors nationwide  to ensure that the housing sector contributes its quota in the nation's economic growth and creation of jobs for the teeming youths across the country while making sure affordable housing is within the reach of Nigerians.

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