The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) said the 150 units of housing he commissioned at FMBN-I-Connect Cooperative Housing Estate, Transekulu, Enugu, Enugu State on Tuesday only symbolised “government’s very deep footprint in housing provision in the state.
Speaking during the inauguration of the 150 units, the minister said they were part of a 404 Housing Unit Provision in the state, adding that all of them had been completed.
Fashola said 404 units represented yet another part of 1,520 units in nine projects, all of which were completed, except three.
He said: “No matter the size of the challenge and the number of people involved, a commitment such as this FMBN-I-Connect Housing Project, that is faithfully implemented, begins to chip away, and replace problems with solutions.”
He also said that President Muhammadu Buhari, personally, opened a 748-unit Housing Estate in Zuba, Federal Capital Territory.
Meanwhile, recently, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) directors had been doing exactly the same thing in their various estates across Nigeria.
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“Today, on behalf of the Federal Government, the train of prosperity stops in Enugu to create 404 new homeowners…”
He said the surveyors, architects, construction companies, their employees, artisans, suppliers, transporters and many more involved in the construction section of the economy had benefitted directly and indirectly.
“Indisputably, whether President Buhari meets these people or not, and it is not likely he can meet all of them, his policies, programmes and projects have met them at their point of need.
“New policy reforms have also recently been implemented with regard to title documents by digitising the Federal Lands Registry.
“After scanning 50,000 files of over 2.4 million pages, the first set of e-Certificates of Occupancy (e-C of Os) were presented last week.
“This is another measure of prosperity because land with title has more value than land without. Furthermore, our processes which used to take between 30-90 days can now be completed in 24 hours if all requirements are provided.”