The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has said that good shelter is a prerequisite for effective service delivery. He made this statement when the management of Family Homes Fund Limited paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently. Dingyadi expressed his displeasure at the dilapidating state of the Police Barracks across the country and welcomed Mr. Presidents priority to decent and affordable housing for Nigerians and the Police through the fund.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, 17th December 2019, he said affordable homes for the Police force, particularly after retirement from service was a necessity and assured the Family Homes Fund, of the Ministry’s readiness in partnering with them. He said the proposed 1000 units for the Nigeria Police may be inadequate considering the numbers of officers in the force who will be interested particularly since it is targeted to reach every state in Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri in his remark applauded the group for thinking it wise to partner with the Ministry of Police Affairs to acquire housing units for police and staff, he noted that it’s an opportunity that will equally provide jobs for indigenes, owing that most of the insecurity lurking around, is as a result of joblessness. Mbaeri emphasized on the need for proper sensitization of the project saying, ‘there is need for proper sensitization of this intervention project in order to cut across the main target, ‘if there’s no sensitization, there is every likelihood that the main targets will end up not benefiting from it’.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director of Family Homes Fund, Femi Adewole, revealed that family homes was established 2years ago and it’s a joint venture between Federal Ministry of Finance and sovereign authority as part of its intervention program geared towards Mr. Presidents intentions of alleviating the burden of the masses as regards housing for low income earners. ‘Apart from the housing intervention, its an avenue designed to create 1.5million jobs for Nigerians and facilitating finance for low income earners” Femi said.
He noted that the project is being carried out through 3 different Phases for different categories of would be customers as follows:
- Affordable housing fund: This is housing for Nigerians on low income. The houses on this category intends to sell at an average of 3million for a bedroom flat, 4.5million for a 2bedroom flat and 5.5million for a 3bedroom flat. (these figures exclude Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano).
- Home Loans: it provides for households who earn less than a N100,000.00 (one hundred thousand naira only) monthly. This will function through mortgage bank. The modalities will be worked out.
- Social Rental Housing fund: This may not be eligible for mortgages. The modalities of rent to ownership will be worked out.
He said the Fund has invested 60billion naira in financing 16,000 homes across 9 states in the country so far.
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