The Nigerian Government has lunched 5,000 houses up for sale across 34 states of the Federation through a world wide portal.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said at least Nigerians can apply for houses built under the current on-going Federal Government’s National Housing in 34 states of the country including the Federal Capital, Abuja.
“The Online sale is to ensure credibility, openness and reduce human intervention, underhand practice,’‘ Fashola Said.
Sales of Houses
He also Encourages Federal Housing Authority and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to use the portal for sales of the houses.
By opening of the portal, it throws open the door for Nigerians to apply online to buy the available 5,000 plus housing units, ranging from 1, 2 to 3 bedroom bungalows and blocks of flats in any location of their choice.
In his remarks at the ceremony, which was attended by prominent stakeholders and media executives including the President, Nigeria Guild of Editors, Mr.
Fashola emphasised that the decision by the Ministry to sale the available houses online was to bring some credibility to the exercise and give all categories of buyers a level playing field.
“We converge here just to introduce a portal on which the National Housing Programme pilot will be offered for sale to the public.
What that means is that we will not be selling printed forms, the forms are online and this allows for more openness, limits human intervention and any disposition to any underhand practice,” he said
“It is just to make the system more accountable and people seeing credibility if they win and if they are not successful they will equally know that the system has at least given them a fair chance,”Fashola stated.
Served Many Purposes
The Ministry described the launch of the portal as the end game of Nigeria’s economic objective, explaining that the government did not just set out to build houses but that the project has served many purposes sushi building what could sell in the markets.
“We are saying that the National Housing Programme had not succeeded in the past and some of the houses built then still remain empty.
So we conducted a national survey across the zones just to find out what is acceptable,” the Minister said.
The findings, he said, were that while in the Northern part of the country there was preference for bungalow and large expanse of land which encouraged building horizontally, in the Southern part, there seemed to be acceptance for blocks of flats and lack of space made building vertically necessary.
Galvanise private sector
Emphasising that the current National Housing Programme is a pilot or demonstration scheme meant, among others, to galvanize private sector participation.
Fashola said it was also a way to implement Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan because as at the time they conceived the programme, the country was in recession.
And it has fulfilled that objective because at the duration of the programme, about 1,000 contractors swarmed on the building sites, businesses owned by Nigerians and Nigerian contractors.
Pointing out that no foreign contractor was engaged in the project.
Fashola said that it was not only an opportunity for nation building but an opportunity for the contractors to sustain their staff.
President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mr.
Mustapha Isah, commended the Federal Government for its commitment to housing delivery.
He also commended the Minister for the innovations he has brought to bear at the national level, which, according to him, was a replication of his development.
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