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Federal Housing Scheme is for all Nigerians - Fashola

Federal Housing Scheme is for all Nigerians - Fashola

Minister of Power, Works and Hous­ing, Babatunde Fashola says houses built under the Federal Housing Scheme will be allocated to all Nigerians, irrespective of their states of origin.
The News Agency of Ni­geria (NAN) reports that Fashola made the remarks on Sunday while speaking with newsmen shortly after a tour of federal projects in Maiduguri, Borno State.
He said all qualified Nige­rian residents in a particular state would be given equal opportunity to own a house, regardless of their origin or tribe.
“The ultimate beneficia­ries of the houses will be the residents of the states in which the houses are built.
“I prefer to use the word residents to indicate people who live or work in the states where the houses are built rather than those who are indigenous to the state,’’ Fashola said.
He said the houses built in Bauchi, for example, were for the residents of Bauchi.
“That is, the workers in Bauchi, both from public and private sector s, who qualified based on whatever premises used to decide al­location of the houses ,” he explained.
The minister explained that the objective of the scheme was to deliver af­fordable houses to work­ers based on the National Housing Policy.
“There is a National Hous­ing Policy in place aimed at providing affordable hous­ing but there has been no programme in place to de­liver the houses.
“That is what this pro­gramme is all about,’’ he said.
Fashola said that the pro­gramme would ensure ac­ceptability by stakeholders.
“The programme is built on a foundation that re­quires consulting stakehold­ers by conducting survey so the stakeholders can take ownership of it.
“We are consulting and we hope that we will be able to carry along the stakeholders so that they can take owner­ship of the scheme’’, he said.
He added that it was after this stage that the ministry could talk about affordabil­ity.
Fashola said that the hous­ing scheme was also part of government multi-facet ap­proach to economic devel­opment.
“The programme is part of government efforts to cre­ate value chain economic activities, aimed at empow­ering Nigerians all over the country , he said .
The minister also said the ministry was training ar­tisans like carpenters and bricklayers, among others, to be relevant technically.
 
 
 

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