To tackle housing challenges, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Dangiwa, has convened a team of professionals and stakeholders to form the housing reform team. This housing reform team is tasked with crafting a robust framework for the sector and elevating the capabilities of housing agencies under the Ministry’s supervision to provide affordable homes for Nigerians.
As outlined by the Ministry’s Director of Information, Badamasi Haiba, the reform team will engage in deliberations concerning crucial legislative amendments. These include the Land Use Act of 1978, the National Housing Fund Act of 1992, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Establishment Act of 1993, and the Federal Housing Authority Act of 1973.
Minister Dangiwa shared this information during a meeting with a delegation from the Housing Development Advocacy Network, led by Mr. Ugochukwu Obiora Chime, at the Ministry’s Abuja headquarters. He underscored that the reform team’s composition will include representatives from HDAN, various agencies, professional bodies, and academia. Their collective goal is to develop a comprehensive framework for housing sector reform by thoroughly reviewing pertinent laws.
The minister clarified that the team will streamline all prior reform blueprints and white papers for the agencies, focusing on enhancing efficiency, transparency, and accountability.
Touching on housing data concerns, Dangiwa revealed the establishment of a ministry taskforce collaborating with the National Population Commission. Their objective is to design survey instruments addressing housing-related questions during the upcoming population and housing census.
In addition, he outlined the ministry’s ambitious target to deliver 34,500 units of multi-level flats, covering low to medium-income earners, terrace and detached bungalows, and duplexes for high-income earners under Phase 1 of the Renewed Hope Cities. This initiative will span each of the six geopolitical zones of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Dangiwa also detailed plans for 500 affordable bungalow units of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedrooms per site in each of the remaining thirty states under the Renewed Hope Estates. Funding sources include the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s budgetary allocation, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, and Public Private Partnerships with reputable developers. Ownership options encompass mortgage loans, rent-to-own, and outright purchase.
Leader of the HDAN delegation, Ugochukwu Chime, acknowledged the ministry’s potential as a blueprint for massive socio-economic development. However, he emphasised the need for additional efforts to institutionalise a positive shift in the perception of shelter. This shift should not only focus on providing homes but also on fostering socio-economic growth and contributing to the local economy.
The delegation appealed to Minister Dangiwa to intervene in issues surrounding the pricing of land Certificates of Occupancy and proposed the establishment of a committee to address outstanding housing bills at the National Assembly.