The Ministry is the umbrella policy arm of the federal government charged with the responsibility of ensuring adequate and sustainable housing delivery and maintenance of a conducive living environment that meets the needs and aspirations of the Nigerian Citizens
To establish a sustainable housing delivery system that will ensure easy access to home ownership and rental schemes by the Nigerian populace in an environment where basic physical and social amenities are available.
To facilitate the provision for all Nigerians, in both the urban and rural areas, in secure, healthy and decent environment.
FUNCTIONS CONTINUE : As approved by Government, the functions of the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development are continued as follows:
preparing and submitting, from time to time, proposals for National Lands and Housing as well as Urban Development programmes and plans;
reviewing all existing legislations in the Lands and Housing as well as Urban Development sectors to achieve the goal of adequate housing for all Nigerians in a conducive and liveable environment;
supervising the activities of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), and Registration Boards of relevant professional bodies; and
performing other functions as may be assigned to the Ministry from time to time.
- The delivery of adequate and affordable housing in Nigeria has not met the desired expectations, resulting in inadequate housing stock.
- Successive efforts to meet the ever increasing demand for housing by citizens have failed partly because of the adoption of the public sector driven approach. The new approach for housing delivery is for Government to design and implement policies and partnerships with the private sector and other relevant stakeholders. However, for social housing, Government must be directly involved through provision of funding, subsidies and other incentives as is the practice all over the world.
- Nigeria with a population of over 167 million people, requires a minimum of additional one (1) million housing units per annum to reduce the National deficit of about 17 million housing units and avert a housing crisis by the year 2020.
- Moreover, available studies show that most urban dwellers in Nigeria today live in shanty-towns, dilapidated houses and unsanitary conditions without basic amenities. The scenario is worse in the rural areas where the problems are primarily not just the poor quality of housing but also, that of inadequate infrastructural facilities like roads, drainage, water, power supply and basic social amenities.
- In the same vein, the forward and backward linkages associated with housing have suffered the same fate.