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National Housing Programme: FG Allocates Nearly 9,000 Homes

In order to address the country’s affordable housing challenges, the Federal Government initiated The National Housing Programme (NHP) in Nigeria to house 8925 homes.

This was as the government noted that there were no completed houses in Abia, Lagos, Bayelsa, Rivers states and the FCT.

The core mandate of the NHP is to provide adequate and affordable housing through home ownership and rental schemes for all Nigerians, both in urban and rural areas.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Dr Marcus Ogunbiyi, in Abuja.

Ogunbiyi said the first batch of the allocation process was concluded after a review of the conditions and procedures for sales of houses under the NHP.

“Out of a total of 8925 applications that were received,1,294  were for outright payment, 2408 for mortgage, 2184 for Rent to own and 3039 were for instalment payment modes.

“The offer of New Provisional Allocation Letters for the first batch of successful applicants under the Outright Payment mode is now ready.

“The successful subscribers would be contacted by the Federal Controllers of Housing and Urban Development in the states as well as the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) from Thursday for collection.”

Currently, the NHP has housing schemes available in 34 states in Nigeria. The programme offers a range of housing units, from 1 to 3-bedroom bungalows and blocks of flats.

The application process for the NHP for Nigerians in the Diaspora is facilitated through an online Expression of Interest Form (EOI). Eligible applicants must be adults above 18 years, have a verifiable means of income or employment, and comply with the terms and conditions of sale.

The NHP represents a significant effort to address the housing deficit in Nigeria, which, according to a World Bank report, requires at least an additional 720,000 housing units each year. The programme is part of the government’s broader strategy to address the economic crisis in the country.

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