Qualified Nigerians would be given equal opportunities to own houses – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said the houses to be built under the Federal Housing scheme will be given out to Nigerians, Naij.com reports.

Fashola said residents of individual state where the houses are built will be the automatic beneficiary of the houses regardless of their origin or tribe, as long as they are qualified for it.
The minister made this statement while speaking with pressman after a shortly after a tour of federal projects on Sunday in Maiduguri, Borno, Vanguard reports.
Fashola said residents of individual state where the houses are built will be the automatic beneficiary of the houses regardless of their origin or tribe
Fashola said residents of individual state where the houses are built will be the automatic beneficiary of the houses regardless of their origin or tribe
Fashola 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 Bauchi, for example, were for the residents of Bauchi.
“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.
“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 ministry is also train artisans like carpenters and bricklayers to participate in the building project.
Meanwhile, the minister of power, works and housing Babatunde Fashola has received an ultimatum to fix the epileptic power supply in Nigeria.
A civil society group, Campaign for Democracy said the minister has 30-days to improve power supply in Nigeria, especially in the South-East region or resign.
The group in a statement by its national publicity secretary Dede Uzor said Fashola has failed woefully by being unable to increase the megawatt from 4,320 where he met it two years ago.

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