FG to in­tro­duce bio­met­rics to curb buy­ing of houses by proxy

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - By Mustapha Suleiman & Adie Vanessa Of­fiong

The Min­is­ter of Lands, Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Mrs. Akon Eyak­enyi has said that the federal govern­ment will in­tro­duce bio­met­rics to lessen com­plaints that houses built by govern­ment are usu­ally bought over by the rich and resold at ex­or­bi­tant prices.

Eyak­enyi dis­closed this while in­spect­ing the min­istry’s pro­to­type hous­ing scheme lo­cated in Suleja, Niger State.

She said that the federal govern­ment will de­ploy bio­met­ric tech­nol­ogy to avert sharp prac­tices in the al­lo­ca­tion of houses, adding that the new strat­egy will help to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the na­tion’s hous­ing deficit.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the es­tate which is be­ing built un­der the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship con­tains 102 units of hous­ing.

They are made up of 33 units of three bed­rooms, 44 units of two bed­rooms and 32 units of one bed­room apart­ments.

The min­is­ter ex­plained that while the three-bed­room ones were ex­pected to be given out to ben­e­fi­cia­ries who must be con­trib­u­tors to the Na­tional Hous­ing Fund (NHF) for N5.8 mil­lion, the two-bed­room and one-bed­room houses cost N4.7 mil­lion and 1.8 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

Eyak­enyi said, “What I want to guar­an­tee you and guar­an­tee Nige­ri­ans is that un­der this dis­pen­sa­tion, an in­di­vid­ual will be en­ti­tled to only one house.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, the min­is­ter said hous­ing schemes like the Suleja Hous­ing Scheme will be ready for com­mis­sion­ing on May 29, 2014.

Eyak­enyi made this known while speak­ing at the fourth edi­tion of the Abuja Bantaba s last Fri­day.

She said, “We’re all aware that hous­ing is a ma­jor prob­lem and it’s ab­surd that people work 35 years and at re­tire­ment still live in rented ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

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