By Esther Alexander
Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics NBS, Semiu Adeyemi Adeniran has lauded the appointment of Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa as the Minister for Housing and Urban Development.
Adeniran in his goodwill message at the Housing Stakeholders Agenda Setting Dinner for Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa says his appointment is indeed the right decision for the housing sector.
According to Adeniran, the minister’s approach towards addressing the issue of housing deficit data in Nigeria is commendable and a proof that he is ready to take the housing sector forward.
“Mr. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given us an expert to address the issue of housing problem in Nigeria. I was reading a document recently and saw some of the efforts the honorable minister has made just within his short period of appointment.
“Anyone that is interested in data is ready to work, achieve and implement. This shows that in no distant time, we are going to see an accurate housing deficit data in Nigeria.”
While affirming the support of the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, Adeniran urged the minister to involve the necessary players in the sector to work together in addressing the various issues pertaining to housing, especially that of data.
Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa was the former managing director and CEO of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN, when he assumed leadership of FMBN, he realized that many of the houses that banks had built not subscribed because people could not access them due to their equities being too high.
In his words, “So we created another program called “Rent to Own”. With this subscribers approach FMBN offices in the states, who will give them access to the house as tenants. While living in the houses as tenants, they pay either monthly or annual rents until the houses become theirs.
Dangiwa has also brought an insurance scheme to the mortgage housing sector. In the event that the house is destroyed by a storm, rain or other causes, insurance will be there to cover the loss, you, whose insurance also covers the eventuality of death, paying up the house on behalf of the deceased’s family.