Gabriel Enenche —
In a statement issued by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Blessing Lere –Adams, the Ministry of Works and Housing yesterday officially handed over keys to four beneficiaries who have fully paid for the houses built under the first phase of the National Housing Programme (NHP) in Kano State.
Representing the Minister, Babatunde Fashola, the Permanent Secretary, Bashir Nura Alkali said the Nigerian government is willing to welcome those who can afford to pay outright.
“It is not a condition for eligibility and we have offered flexible payment options like Mortgages and Rent-to-Own which we encourage applicants to pursue, the statement said.
“Some of the requirements for qualification to access these houses and to be uploaded on the web portal include Current Passport Photograph in JPEG or PNG format; Most recent copy of your current tax clearance/pay slip in PDF format; Means of Identification (National ID, Driver license, International Passport) in digital JPEG format; Letter of recommendation from any Primary Mortgage (for Mortgage Subscribers) and Evidence of 10% initial payment deposit (for Mortgage Subscribers only).
“The beneficiaries today are therefore among the first set of Nigerians other than the 1994 Super Eagles who have been handed the keys to their houses promised by the Federal Government over 28years ago,” the statement added.
One of the beneficiaries who is a retired civil servant, Farouk Adamu said, “I thank the Federal Government, the process of acquiring these houses is easy and simple, he said.
“Anyone who says that he has used influence to obtain the house I will tell him it is not true. We applied through the portal that the Ministry opened. We were lucky to be selected.”
“This is what Nigerians are waiting to see, especially the less-privileged citizens to get things without lobby or having to know ” one big man “, he added.