Minister Decries The Deplorable State Of FHA Roads: Promises Government Intervention
The Honourable Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma, mnis, has lamented the deplorable condition of road and drainage infrastructures at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) estate, Lugbe, attributing it to critical failures of the planning authorities in time past in upgrading them, giving room to the flagrant abuse of planning regulations by residents.
The Minister stated this today in Abuja during an assessment tour of the infrastructural facilities at the estate along side with the Managing Director of Federal Housing Authority, Prof Mohammed Al-amin.
According to him, ‘’the typography of the estate was not fully taken into consideration at the planning and design stage, hence the reason for the hydraulic failures.’’ He added that though the facilities that were initially deployed, like the drainage system, maybe small and over stretched such that it cannot contain large volume of water especially during the flooding period.
Zarma said that the present administration, as part of its commitment to the citizenry, will however, not relent in upgrading of infrastructural services across the country to enhance and improve the living standards of Nigerians Federal Government owned estates.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Federal Housing Authority, Prof. Mohammed Al-amin thanked the Federal Government and the ministry for massively investing in infrastructures across the country and maintaining the existing structures.
While conducting the Minister and journalists round the roads and other facilities in the estate, Al-amin stated that the essence of the visit is to upgrade the FHA settlement into an urban centre due to its proximity to the city centre and the different categories of civil servants living in the housing estate.
Speaking at the site of the inspection, the Chairman of the Residents Association, Mr Odelana Adesina thanked the Minister for creating time to visit the estate. He said the residents are glad that the visit by the Minister has given him the opportunity to have a firsthand information about the deplorable state of the roads and solicited the support of government for the rehabilitation of the existing/major road as well as build alternative roads in and out of the estate for ease of movement by residents.
He also urged the government to assist the residents in the provision of other infrastructures such as hospitals, drainages, water supply, metering for electricity and improved security within the estate.
The Federal Housing Authority Estate in Lugbe was built some 30 years ago and currently accommodates over 70,000 different categories of federal civil servants working in the city centre.
APC CONVENTION SATURDAY, 6TH OCTORBER, 2018
This is to inform FCT Residents, Visitors and Motorists that due to the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC slated for Saturday, 6th October 2018 at the Eagle Square, Abuja, an unusual influx of human and vehicular traffic will be experienced within the city with the attendant traffic congestion in and around the venue of the convention.
To this effect all vehicular movement through Shehu Shagari Way from the early hours of Saturday, 6th October, 2018 to Sunday, 7th October will be diverted at Ralph Sodeinde Street by Bullet Building to link Central Business District. Motorists will also be diverted at Kur Mohammed Street and Constitution Avenue at Bayelsa House to Central Business District.
Traffic on Ahmadu Bello Way will equally be diverted at Ralph Sodeinde Street by Finance Junction to Central Business District. Motorists will also be diverted at Kur Mohammed Street or Constitution Avenue by Benue Building to link Central Business District.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration have mobilized Officers of the Police, FRSC, FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Service and other relevant Traffic Enforcement Agencies to various flash points to ensure seamless traffic flow.
Parking has been made available at the National Stadium for ALL Delegates coming from outside Abuja from where they will be conveyed to the venue by dedicated Buses.
In the same vein, ALL Delegates from within the FCT should converge at the Old Parade Ground from where they will be conveyed to the venue.
Please note that parking around the Eagle Square and its environs will not be tolerated as offending vehicles will be removed.
The understanding of the public is hereby solicited
Secretary, Transportation Secretariat
Federal Capital Territory
Remarks By The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry Of Power, Works And Housing, (Works And Housing Sector), Mohammed Bukar, At The 24th National Council Meeting On Works, Held In Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State
I am pleased to welcome you to the 24th Meeting of the National Council on Works holding in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State.
2. As you are aware, the theme of this year’s National Council Meeting is “Ensuring Value-for-Money in Nigerian Highways Development”. The theme is apt and timely, considering our collective resolve to address the challenges in road development in the country within available resources.
3. In order to ensure that this target is achieved, it has become necessary for all the critical stakeholders to consider and provide contemporary policies that will support the attainment of the above target.
4. It is quite instructive that the theme was carefully chosen to ensure prudent spending of available financial resources in Highways development in the country due to the huge investment governments at all levels are making in road development.
5. The Meeting is significant as it will afford us the desired opportunities to identify challenges in the highways sector and develop strategies towards addressing them. We are therefore, expected to explore various realistic means of proper utilization of funds and other resources meant for road projects, to enable quick service delivery, which in turn will fast-track national growth and sustainability. May I also stress on the need to ensure that all our recommendations align with the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of 2017-2019 which focuses on restoring economic growth, ease of doing business, investing in our people and creating a competitive economy. The achievement of these objectives largely lies on the availability of good road network across the country.
6. Distinguished delegates and officials, the timing of this meeting therefore, is very significant as it affords us the opportunity to think through and make necessary provisions in our various Budgets for the year 2019 and beyond as well as take necessary steps that will ensure money spent on roads impacts on the Nigerian economy, positively.
7. On this note, I once again welcome you all and wish you fruitful deliberations.
8. Thank you.
Keynote Address Presented At The 32nd Annual Conference And General Meeting Of The African Union For Housing Finance (AUHF)
Theme: Housing and Africa’s Growth Agenda at PDTF Centre, Central Business District, Abuja, 14th -16th September, 2016. By The Honourable Minister of Power, Works & Housing; Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.
I am delighted to address you on the occasion of this 2016 Annual Conference and General Meeting of the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) holding in Abuja, Nigeria. The political will and momentum of the present administration in her housing sector agenda are further invigorated by this conference taking place few months after the June 2016 National Housing Summit. You will recall that the outcome of the recent National Housing Summit identified Housing Finance as one of the major pillars necessary for realizing Affordable housing delivery in Nigeria apart from others like Land, Concessions/incentives, Off-taker Strategy and General Skills Acquisition. It is indeed, heartwarming and reassuring to note that AUHF is an association of Mortgage Banks, Building Societies, Housing Corporations and other organizations involved in mobilizing funds for housing on the African continent. Also that the goals of AUHF includes promoting and facilitating housing finance and unlocking its multiplier effects on National economies, hence leading to Africa’s economic growth. I understand that the Conference attracts stakeholders from across the African Continent, all with the purpose of advancing investment in affordable housing.
2. Let me begin by thanking the Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) and other partners for hosting this important conference. The hosting of AUHF 2016 conference in Nigeria could not have come at a more auspicious time than now that Nigeria needs aggressive unleashing of new housing finance investments and opportunities. I will also like to thank all the stakeholders and experts from Africa and around the world for coming together to proffer solutions to the age long challenge of providing housing finance for Africans, especially Nigerians that are facing harsh economic challenges.
3. Housing, we know is critical to every human development and fundamental right of every citizen. Therefore, Housing is central to this Administration’s policy thrust. However, housing a population of over 180 million is an arduous task that cannot be left for Federal Government alone, especially now that the Government’s revenue and the economy is under pressure. The fund to support the construction and mortgages for the end-users is a big challenge for the government. The production cost versus the selling price of the present housing stock is beyond the reach of majority of Nigerians. Demand for affordable housing has grown over the years as a result of population explosion, rural-urban drift and search for higher quality of life. This demand has rapidly overwhelmed the supply capacity of existing Government resources. Many years of inadequate investment and poor maintenance culture have left Nigeria with a significant housing deficit which is slowing down the country’s development and economic growth and will clearly require close collaboration from stakeholders like the AUHF. The above demanding task is the mandate of my Ministry, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. Therefore, all stakeholders especially the Private sector and AUHF must play major role in this process of creating innovative housing finance in Nigeria.
4. Every Nigerian’s dream is to have a roof over their head! Hence, for an average Nigerian "owning a house" is a mark of economic success and security. Housing is also believed to be a long term investment that protects that investment against high inflation and the unpredictable economic down turn. Therefore, provision of housing is a major tool to reduce corruption. Why is it so difficult for the average Nigerian to realize this dream? Lack of Housing Finance in the public and corporate institutions and double digit housing loans are the major culprits while others include land for housing, population explosion, high cost of building materials, inflation that brings about unemployment and decreased purchasing power of the low and medium income earners.
5. The major housing Finance trends and developments in the Nigerian market can be summarized by tracing the historical tendency of the influence of the financial sector in the housing industry. In 1956, a Secondary Mortgage Institution called Nigerian Building Society (NBS) assumed the role of the main conduit for housing finance delivery. NBS was a British and Nigeria partnership arrangement. Nigeria’s housing finance development can be classified under major political periods, namely pre-independence (1914-1960), post-independence (1960-1979) and a second and subsequent civilian administrations (1979 to date). However, the mortgage institutions decree No. 53 of 1989 led to the establishment of the following; Primary Mortgage Institutions (PMI) as mortgage savings for on-lending property development and mortgage creation. And, the Secondary mortgage institution, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), to function as the Apex mortgage institution for regulation. While the National Housing Policy of 1991 was a bold step by the Federal Government of Nigeria to address the challenge of lack of finance for housing development and mortgage. The National Housing Fund (Act. No. 3) of 1992 is a collating reservoir of long term funds in terms of monthly contributions from workers in the public and private sectors. Unfortunately, most Nigerians see mortgage loans from Government as part of their share of the "national cake" leading to high default rates. This has forced the Government to encourage prospective home owners to approach commercial banks who regrettably have high interest rates. Thus, the Government who is supposed to be a major player in the provision of homes is now seemingly not on the frontline. The Government established the Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company (NMRC) to help in reducing the cost of mortgage loan by improving market efficiency.
6. From the inception of Government initiative in organized housing finance system to date, only a meager sum have so far been injected to the system. This accounts for less than 0.5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as compared to other climes (like United Kingdom, South Africa etc) due to the inability of financial systems in providing low cost finance that meets the need of low and medium income earners. Therefore, the Secondary Mortgage institution (FMBN) should be strengthened by ensuring full compliance with the National Housing Funds (NHF) Act by affected stakeholders, like the Central Bank, commercial banks, insurance companies, Mutual and Trust Fund administrators. However, I am happy to note that with the greater participation of the private sector in housing and embracing the new initiatives of this Administration, the journey to sustainable housing delivery is on course.
7. Ladies and Gentlemen, it may interest you to note that the current Administration has taken cognizance of the housing sector as an important area requiring priority attention for reinvigoration and revitalization. This accounts for the appreciable budgetary allocation to the sector in the current annual estimate. This vision is increasingly being energized by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. Only recently, the Ministry organized a National Housing Summit, where stakeholders met and examined the numerous constraints militating against the provision of affordable housing in Nigeria and proffered a clear, sustainable and strategic blueprint to mitigate same. Identified as a critical factor in the provision of affordable housing was lack of access to construction finance by developers including high risk in current mortgage finance structure which does not support the buying-off of houses to enable developers recoup their investments on time. The Summit resolved that there was need for necessary machinery to be put in place to promote appropriate construction finance schemes. AUHF members are hereby challenged in this regard. In the summit also, various definitions of affordable housing were adduced. However, the consensus from these definitions revealed that there is no one-size-fit all definition for Affordable Housing. The indices that should be used for defining Affordable Housing would include Segregation, Stratification, Classes of people and their income bracket, not more than one-third net household income of the target group and equity contribution of end-users.
8. I am happy to note that despite the challenges that housing delivery has encountered in the country over the years, the renewed vigor and policy re-orientation of this Administration have set the agenda for Housing revolution. In this regard, the Ministry has produced six (6) designs of one bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom flats, bungalows and condominiums that will represent the Nigerian House which responds to our cultural diversity. Another key area of achievement is the pursuit and promotion of local content and standardization of building components such as doors, windows, tiles, roof boards and other accessories to be produced by local manufacturers as part of our support for local industries SMEs and in pursuit of diversification and job creation. Effort is already being made to embrace and deploy modern technology to mass production of housing in all the States of the Federation and FCT using the Traditional procurement platform and the Contractor Finance Initiative model, to reduce the housing deficit.
9. To make the Housing Sector attractive, viable and stimulate growth, the present Administration plans to de-risk lending to approved Housing Developers. This will entail the government providing guarantees and other credit enhancement to developers. Government therefore plans to issue promissory notes to reduce Developers financing requirements. Government recognizes that provision of leverage and guarantees are critical in attracting private sector funds into the industry thereby creating thousands of affordable houses each year as well as generate considerable employment and commercial activities. These are some of the far reaching contribution of the Finance Minister during the Housing Summit.
10. Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish to state here that much discussion has been held on the housing deficit. There is therefore need to change the story to begin to discuss the housing opportunities. Regardless of issues facing the sector, real estate projects are increasingly being launched and completed in Nigeria. With the present Administration’s many incentives, new investors are expected in the market to continue to deliver positive results.
11. It is on this note that I call on all stakeholders, especially members of the African Union for Housing Finance here present to join hands with the Federal Government towards the realization of its objectives in providing affordable housing to the people. As agent of change, members are enjoined to borrow a leaf from Nigeria and influence their respect home governments to domesticate or localize their housing options to reflect the peculiarities and expectations of the people as well as provide the private sector the needed impetus to invest in the sector.
12. Finally, I wish to state that though the challenges to the sector are real and obvious, we are convinced that with the renewed commitment of this Administration, coupled with strengthened collaborations with all stakeholders in the industry, the desired revolution in the housing sector will be achieved in not too distant future.
13. I wish you all very engaging and thoughtful deliberations and thank you for listening.
FASHOLA AT THE NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON STRENGTHENING HEALTH RESEARCH CAPACITY IN ABUJA
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing and Chairman NIMR Research FoundationMr Babatunde FasholaSANright being welcomed byDirector GeneralCEO Nigerian Institute of Medical ResearchProf Babatunde Lawal Salakomiddle and Head International Operations Wellcome Trust United Kingdom Dr Simeon Kay left during theNational Workshop on Strengthening Health Research Capacity organized by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR at the Sheraton Hotels Towers Abuja on Friday 7thSeptember 2018
A COURTESY CALL AND PRESENTATION OF PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE ON THE DIRECTOR PLANNING RESEARCH AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT DR FAMOUS S ESEDUWO
A courtesy call and presentation of Prize for Excellence on the Director Planning Research and Statistics Department Dr Famous S Eseduwo by members of African Students Union Parliament ASUP at the Ministrys Headquarter Mabushi Abuja on the 16th of October 2018