Naomi Gabriel —
Nigeria’s Minister of Works and Housing, Barr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, yesterday at the Senate said that a total of 7, 315 applications from prospective house owners have been received within the six days of the launch of the National Housing Programme.
The portal for the National Housing Programme with 5,000 housing units on offer, comprise one, two and three bedroom apartments for sale, at prices ranging from N7.2million to N13million was opened last week.
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Appearing before the Senate Committee on Housing, led by Sen. Sam Egwu, in 2022 budget defence session, Fashola said that Nigerians cutting across 14 or 16 States have applied, while no applications have been received from 20 other States .
”The applications received so far from prospective House owners are about 2, 315 higher than the available 5,000 housing units available for now, Fashola said.
” This is even as applications have not been received from Nigerian workers in about 20 States
“The current National Housing Programme is a pilot scheme meant, among others, to galvanize private sector participation”, he added.
Fashola also expressed that the solution to Nigeria’s housing deficit is not just on building houses but, marketing the available ones. He further added that the National Housing Programme had not succeeded in the past and some of the houses built then are still vacant, due to cultural and financial factors.