The Federal Government through the Ministry of science and Technology is developing an action plan to phase out mud houses across the country.
Dr Ogbannaya Onu, Minister of science and technology, made this known on Saturday during a visit to the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Nnewi, Anambra state.
Dr Onu disclosed that this would be made possible through research that would bring about cheap building materials that would enable Nigerians have affordable and decent homes.
He also revealed that it is the desire of the present administration to give Nigerians decent living conditions.
FG To Phase Out Mud Houses
He thereby urged the NBRRI to go into research that would be felt at the grassroots.
According to Dr Onu, once started, this research will enhance employment opportunities for Nigerians.
“This research would help provide decent houses and decent lives for Nigerians. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to making a positive difference in these areas.
“We can’t continue to import; because to do so is to export jobs.
The minister, however, maintained that though the phasing out of mud houses might not be achieved immediately, it is the way to go.
He assured employees of the NBRRI of more commitment of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to boost their activities and welfare.
Dr Onu tasked them to be committed to researches that would enhance the use of local materials in building and construction.
He also stated that efforts were being made to revise the curriculum of schools in the country to encourage skills in construction.
The minister noted that the trend whereby most construction works in the country were carried by expatriates was not acceptable.
On visiting the National Foundry Development and Training Centre, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state, the minister regretted that foundry tools brought to the institute 18 years ago were yet unused.
He lamented that is as unacceptable to the Buhari-led federal government. He affirmed that the centre must be put into use under this administration.
He promised that the erosion problems in Anambra state must be tackled, saying that was one of the reasons for trying to reinforce the NBBRI.