Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has given reasons the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) should replicate the opportunities of its “housing ecosystem” across the country.
Fashola, who made the call Tuesday night in Abuja during the formal presentation of the annual report of the current Board of Directors of FHA by its Chairman, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, to him, said he was impressed by the wealth and job creation given by the 764 housing unit project in Zuba, FCT, Abuja.
The project had employed more than 10,000 people including artisans in housing value chain.
Fashola said the project had attacked the social issues of social exclusion, joblessness and unemployment, thereby adding dignity to humanity.
“Apart from other housing sites that I visited recently, I am particularly delighted with what I saw at the FHA Mass Housing project in Zuba, FCT, Abuja, during my recent inspection.
“Not only do they conform with the policies set out in the ministry regarding building for the low and medium income earners and young generation of Nigerians. The “housing ecosystem” of the opportunities there is something I challenge the FHA management to replicate across the country,’’ Fashola said.
Earlier, the Chairman FHA’s board of directors, Senator Lawal Shuaibu had said that the report was aimed at highlighting the efforts made by the board in the first year towards injecting new ideas and designing strategies for improved governance and service delivery in the agency.
He said the report which was structured in four sections for easy reference had first and second sections meant to establish a strong premise upon which far reaching decisions and steps were taken or arrived at.
He said the historical antecedents and continuous happenings in the agency for the past 40 years would lead the minister reading the report to arriving at the same conclusion with the board that the FHA could have done much better for Nigerians in housing delivery.
He said it was rather embarrassing to document that the annual average of FHA production over the years was never more than 1000 housing units prior to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.