Nigerians’ hope of owning homes is looking up. This is because houses built under the Federal Housing Scheme will be allocated to all Nigerians, irrespective of their states of origin.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, gave the assurance shortly after completing a tour of federal projects in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“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, adding that the ultimate beneficiaries of the houses will be residents of the states in which the houses are built.
He said the objective of the scheme is 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.
The National Housing programme is built on a foundation that requires consulting stakeholders, by conducting, surveys so the stakeholders can take ownership of it. This, he explained, is why the ministry is consulting, in the hope that it will be able to carry along the stakeholders so that they can take ownership of the scheme.
He said it is after this stage that the ministry can talk about affordability, pointing out 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. Workers will be happy on site getting paid from contractors to take care of their families and patronising food and others,” he said.
The minister also said the ministry was training artisans such as carpenters and bricklayers, among others, to be relevant technically.
Culled from The Nation Newspapers