Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola has revealed that the houses built under the Federal Housing Scheme will be allocated to all Nigerians, stressing that States of Origin wouldn’t be a hindrance.
Fashola was speaking to journalists on Sunday while on tour of Federal projects in Maiduguri, Borno. 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 Former Lagos State Governor said:
“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,’’
He said the houses built in Kebbi, for example, were for the residents of Kebbi.
“That is, the workers in Bauchi, both from public and private sector, who qualified based on whatever premises used to decide allocation of the houses’’.
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,’’
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 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.”
“Workers will be happy on site getting paid from contractors to take care of their families and patronising food and others’’