The Federal Government has urged states to reform the process that governs the allocation of land and issuance of title documents such as Certificates of Occupancy, in order to ensure that citizens can build houses by themselves.

It noted that while some people have argued that the Land Use Act is the problem with regards to access to land, it maintained that if states automated their land administration processes, there would be a great improvement in outcomes, especially in land administration systems.

The government also hailed the efforts of the private sector in the development of estates and housing units, stressing that their efforts must be encouraged.

It further urged state representatives to work towards making the payment of house rent easier and more comfortable for both tenants and landlords, by pushing for the monthly payment of rents, particularly for working-class people, as opposed to asking for 2 to 3 years of rent in advance.

The Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, made this known at the National Council on lands, housing and urban development in Sokoto State, with the theme: Housing our people, by all of government and all our people.”

He said: “The National Housing Programme that was initiated by our Ministry at the onset of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is now delivering on its objective.

“Apart from stimulating the economies of the 34 states and the FCT in the communities where work is being undertaken for the construction of houses, by providing work for artisans, builders, engineers, and other skilled persons in the built industry, the construction sites have been and remain centres of supply for building materials and other commodities.

“Many people who hitherto were unemployed have had their dignity restored because they can leave home every day saying to their families – I am going to work.

“While the Federal Government has some land, mainly acquired from the states, the bulk of the work that needs to be done here lies with the state governments because of their almost total control of land by virtue of the Land Use Act.ax