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General News of Saturday, 13 November 2021

Source: www.tribuneonlineng.com

FG opens online portal for sale of national housing projects

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola

The Federal Government (FG) has launched an online platform for its national mass housing projects across 34 states of the Federation.

It said the move was to facilitate ownership of affordable housing via homeownership and rental schemes in urban and rural areas.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made the disclosure at the public launch of the Web portal designed for the sale of the completed mass housing project built by the Ministry across the states of the federation.

He stated that the initiative which is a pilot project is not its only solution for providing housing as there were over 5,000 units of houses at different stages of completion.

Fashola said the initiative which started with a survey in 2015, was also instrumental to the implementation of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

He further disclosed that the least amount of house selling on the scheme is N7.2 million, while the highest-selling is N16.19 million.

“This is the first time we have a platform that every Nigerian has access to. This provides an opportunity for all Nigerians to apply and ensure a fair process of allocation.

“We introduced the online portal from which the national housing programme will be offered to members of the public. The forms are online and allow for more openness, limits human interventions, and hold us more accountable. The endgame is an economic objective,” he added.

He explained that the requirements for the application are: Passport photograph, current tax clearance payslip, letter of recommendation, means of identification, evidence of 10 per cent initial deposit (for mortgage subscribers only).

He added: “Applicants can also take a virtual tour of the property they are interested in. They can apply and register with email and phone numbers. Upon verification, they can complete their application.

“We have included the abridged drawings of each estate. When an allocation is booked on the online portal, it will show that it is no longer available. This way we avoid duplicity. The backend online staff on this.

“We have different house types which are the result of a survey we undertook. There are 1,2,3 bedroom semi-detached bungalows. It is not only the house but it also has adjoining lands. There are also 1,2,3 bedrooms in the condominium.
“We will soon start the official handover and tape cutting as the subscribers come in. We have maintenance and facilities managers in all the estates. We encourage people to pay through mortgages.”

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