Keys to the National Housing Programme, NHP, in Owerri, Imo State, have formally been handed over by the to the project beneficiaries who have met the requirements and successfully completed payment for the houses they requested.
The Federal Controller of Housing Imo State, Engr Dania Denis Abu Azebokhai performed the handover event on behalf of the Honourable Minister of Works/Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.
The ceremonial handover took place on the premises of the National Housing Estate, Avu town along Port Harcourt road, Owerri, Wednesday 15th, 2022.
In his address read by the Federal Controller of Housing, the Minister reiterated the commitment of the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari to making sure that the citizens are provided with decent and affordable houses by gradually easing the deficit in the country.
“As part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s developmental agenda of addressing Housing needs in Nigeria, the Federal Government inaugurated a pragmatic NHP for the construction of acceptable and affordable houses nationwide. It is a Programme borne out of the present Government’s desire to provide affordable housing for its citizenry” he said.
Fashola Speaks on Fairness, Equity in Housing Allocation
Fashola emphasized that the allocation of the houses is for every citizen and there is fairness and equity in its allocation as it is on a first come first serve basis.
The Minister stated that the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure of office has entered a season of completion and handover of keys to beneficiaries of houses in 35 states and the FCT
who has successfully subscribed through the open Ministry’s website for the sales of these completed houses?
” We have therefore offered all these housing units to members of the general public in a non-discriminatory way by opening the Portal to ensure fairness and equity,” He said
Fashola also encouraged all Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunity of owning a house in the 36 States and FCT except for Lagos State.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Bashir Nura Alkali who was represented by the Deputy Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Onyetenu Joseph Emeka particularly welcome the beneficiaries of the sales of the houses built under the first phase of the programme.
He stated that the philosophy behind NHP is the provision of a pilot scheme that is affordable, accessible and acceptable as contained in the policy.
He added that the approach to the design and use of materials takes cognizance of the cultural and climatic peculiarities of the regions while responding also to the tenets of the Building Energy and Efficiency Code being championed by the Ministry.
In her response after collecting her keys, the beneficiary, Mrs Rosemary Onyeneke represented by Alor Aloysius appreciated the Federal Government immensely for the allocation
She said “this shows that the government has the interest of the poor masses at heart. I got to know about it online and applied, I followed all the steps and approval was given to me.”
Mrs Rosemary urged other Nigerians to key in because it is real, pointing out that there was no backdoor business in the process