The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said that the Federal Government has commenced construction of houses in 33 states for workers under its National Housing Programme.
Fashola made this known at the sixth meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development organised by the ministry on Thursday in Abuja.
Under the housing programme, he noted that 653 contractors were engaged in the pilot scheme to deliver 2,736 units, while a total of 54,680 people were employed in the process.
He said the construction which was made possible because of the availability of land in those state was to fulfil commitments made in last year’s council meeting held in Ilorin, Kwara.
“At the time of the council meeting in August 2016, I reported that we were finalising designs to accommodate our cultural, climactic and other diversities.
“And that when the designs were completed we will commence construction to pilot the designs and test them for affordability and acceptability.
“I am pleased to report that construction has started in 33 states where land has been made available. This is fulfillment of another commitment made at last year’s council by at least 90 per cent.