Vice President Kashim Shettima on Sunday disclosed that Nigeria requires N21 trillion to effectively bridge housing deficit, despite efforts across the three tiers of government.
Shettima stated this in Sokoto at the groundbreaking for the construction of a 500-unit housing estate by the State government.
The VP, who commended Governor Ahmed Aliyu for his efforts to address the housing needs of people of his State, noted that the housing deficit in Nigeria remained a huge challenge.
Shettima said, ”Nigeria has a deficit of 28 million houses and we will need N21 trillion to meet our housing needs.
“This step taken by the Governor is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by other State governments.
”The governor has started well by completing the roads and flyovers he inherited.”
Earlier, the Governor explained that the housing estate would be for civil servants and would be sold to them when completed on an owner-occupier basis.
Aliyu said: “This is a project that was initiated by the former Governor of the State, Aliyu Wamakko but was later abandoned by the immediate past administration.
“But, we are determined to complete it for the benefit of our workers and the general public.”
The event, which was to mark the first 100 days in office by the administration, was attended by Senator Aliyu Wamakko, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, among others.