By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Nigerian Association of Tenants last week officially opened her regional office in Kaduna. The well attended occasion was graced by the representative of the governor and the commissioner of Housing and Urban Development, Ahaji Umar Adamu, a director in the ministry of Urban Development who had in his entourage Architect Idris Abdulkadir, a chief architect and Ado Sani , chief technical officer in the ministry respectively.
The tenants association fully represented by the National President, Reverend Josiah Obiechina, with other members of the association , appears to have succor for the teeming numbers of tenants in the state and the country by large as announced by the president during his welcome address. The association he said is a registered association with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission and listed the aims of the association to include among others not to antagonize a landlord over his or her property but to protect members against exploitation and to create a level-playing ground between landlords and tenants on any tenement issues. According to him: ‘’We engage in alternative dispute resolution with the aim of creating a peaceful environment in the interest of all,’’.He further revealed that the association shall prepare the mind of members to support any government policies and progarmme that are geared twoqrds housing , infrastructure, industrial and human capital development and also ensure the protection of public facilities in the communities.‘’ Our modus operandi will also include partnering with government and relevant stakholderd to bridge tye housing gap in Nigeria by developing low cost housing estates across the country for members on owner occupier basis with raw materials sourced locally.’’ He further stated that the Tenant Advocates also represent the interest of landlords irrespective of nomenclature ,; therefore, it dhall ensure that rights of landlords are protected against tenants with criminal tendacies.He told the audience that the association shall partner with govermnet and other partners in Diaspora to invest in the state , especially in reviving the ailing industries. He solicited for government support to enhance smooth operation and listed some of their needs to include: a befitting office accommodation , a plot of land to build a regional secreatariat in the state , allocation of land for low-cost housing estate for members and any other support te government may deem fit for the smooth operation of the association.Responding, the representative of the the stae govermnt , Ahaji Umar Adamu, promised to carry the association message to the relevant authourity, with a commitement to support the body in whatever way the foverment can leagally do. He advised the association to follow due process to be able to get what it desired with specific recommendation of the state land bureau, the Kaduna Geographic Service( KADGIS).‘’ I will like to advice the association to seek al its need from the relevant govermnt chnnel. You can go to the Kaduna State Geographic Service ( KADGIS) , obtain a form, fill all the necessary requirements and from there government will look into your request and see what help it can render and the assistance it can give. I want to assure you that the present admisnitration under his excellncy governor Elrufai is sincerely committed to provide mass housing to the populace of the state expecially low-cost houses for the teeming polplation and low income earners.’’ He stated.He promised to channel all their needs to tye government and expressed the state’s happiness to issues and programmes that will ease housing difficulties to teants in the state. He later led other dignitaries to formally launched the regional office located along television garage in Kaduna south.