Abuja adminstration to issue guidelines on affordable housing policy

Jumoke Akinjide
Olajumoke Akinjide

A committee has been constituted to look into the modalities for the housing programme.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, will issue policy guidelines and modalities for affordable housing programmes, the Minister of State for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide, has said.

A Ministerial Committee headed by the FCTA Director of Satellite Towns Development Agency, Tukur Bakori, has already been constituted to work out the modalities for the take off of the policy.

At the inauguration of the committee, the Permanent Secretary in the FCTA, Anthony Ozodinobi, urged members to build a viable and sustainable partnership between the public and private sector in the delivery of affordable housing to residents of the area.

“We need pragmatic policy guidelines that would deliver affordable housing in the FCT,” Mr. Ozodinobi said. “The Administration is committed to realising its affordable housing programme, which has necessitated the setting up of a Technical Committee to work out the policy guidelines.”

Among the terms of reference for the committee include setting out modalities for the involvement of government ministries, departments, and agencies in affordable housing delivery in the FCT; determining strategies for involvement of estate developers, investors, and building material manufacturers and suppliers in affordable housing delivery in the territory; and establishing effective, transparent and credible procedures that will ensure that the targeted social class and categories of income group are direct beneficiaries of the housing scheme in FCT.

The committee, which has till October 15, 2012, to submit its report to Ms. Akinjide, is also to determine types of houses to be developed, and suggest specifications for them; propose methods of land management and participation of developers and investors in affordable housing development; and suggest various ways of accelerating production of affordable houses in FCT.

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