With Over 3,000 Housing Estates In Abuja, Deficit Still Reaches Nearly Two Million

 

Asides being the seat of government, Abuja is known for its expansive infrastructure and sprawling properties.

But despite this reality, the high number of unoccupied houses in the nation’s capital is gradually becoming a cause for concern, especially as many residents cannot afford the rent.

According to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the housing deficit for the nation’s capital now hovers around 1.7 and two million.

It also says at least 600 abandoned buildings have been identified by the authorities, with most of them located in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo – way above the means of most civil servants.

Consequently, they have to seek more affordable accommodation in the outskirts of the city.

Lamenting about the situation, the convener, Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo noted that the vacant houses are a result of corruption.

“The vacant houses are caused by corruption. Few Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth of this country and what are we doing about it?

“When you come to Abuja, you’ll see people living in some villages that you can’t even pronounce their names properly and every morning you see heavy traffic along those suburbs because the people have to come to the city in the name of earning their daily bread,” he said.

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Also addressing the matter, the Director, FCT Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima explained that they are making moves to take over the properties.

“We are proposing to the Federal Executive Council, if they can come in and acquire some of these properties and maybe as a way of solving the housing deficit of the country, giving it out to staff and other Nigerians,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) says it will commence an investigation into the ownership of the unoccupied houses in Federal Capital Territory

ICPC To Investigate Ownership Of Unoccupied Houses In Abuja

 

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) will soon commence investigations into the ownership of unoccupied houses in the Federal Capital Territory.

This, according to the agency, is a result of the increase in the number of unoccupied houses in the FCT.

Despite the increase, many residents of the city still find it difficult to secure a decent accommodation.

According to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, the housing deficit for the nation’s capital now hovers around 1.7 and two million.

 

 

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It also says at least 600 abandoned buildings have been identified by the authorities, with most of them located in Gwarimpa, Wuse, Garki, Maitama, Asokoro and Apo.

The buildings are, however, above the means of most civil servants, resulting in them seeking more affordable accommodation in the outskirts of the city.

Consequently, their concentration in those areas results in high traffic as commuters try to make their way to their various destinations daily.

The Convener, Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo, who lamented about the situation, believes that the vacant houses are a result of corruption.

“The vacant houses are caused by corruption. Few Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth of this country and what are we doing about it?

“When you come to Abuja, you’ll see people living in some villages that you can’t even pronounce their names properly and every morning you see heavy traffic along those suburbs because the people have to come to the city in the name of earning their daily bread,” he said.

Also addressing the matter, the Director, FCT Development Control Department, Muktar Galadima explained that they are making moves to take over the properties.

He said, “We are proposing to the Federal Executive Council, if they can come in and acquire some of these properties and maybe as a way of solving the housing deficit of the country, giving it out to staff and other Nigerians,”.

Nigeria Asks African Governments To Focus On Creating Housing Opportunities

Kaduna Housing SchemeThe Federal Government has advised heads of African governments to reduce the discuss on housing deficit in the continent and rather focus more on housing opportunities regardless of the issues facing the sector.

The demand was made at the 32nd Annual Conference of the African Union for Housing Finance, which attracted participants from across Africa.

It was aimed at finding solutions to Africa’s housing problems and stimulating the continent’s economy.

Delivering her keynote address at the conference, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. the head of Public Private Partnership Directorate Of The Federal Ministry Of Housing, Mrs Eucheria Alozie stressed the need for African governments to address many years of inadequate investment and poor maintenance culture.

These according to her, have left the continent with a significant housing deficit.

Lack Of Housing Finance

She identified the lack of housing finance in the public and private sectors, and double digit housing loans, as major factors that must be addressed for Africans to access affordable housing.

According to reports by the African Union for Housing Finance, Nigeria is said to have an estimated deficit record of 17 million housing units while Africa’s need for affordable housing is 400 million units.

It was for this reason that the union convened its Annual Conference in Nigeria and Mrs Eucheria Alozie has advised heads of African governments to tackle the challenge head-on.

Although there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to the continent’s affordable housing crisis, a board member of the African Union for Housing Finance, Professor Charles Inyangete, expressed concerns about the challenge of affordable housing.

The director of other financial institutions of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Ahmed Abdullahi, however informed participants of the opportunities in the housing sector.

Reassessing Nigeria’s Housing Deficit

Architect Ezekiel Nya-EtokThe Federal Government on Thursday launched the first mortgage scheme for 10,000 beneficiaries aimed at redressing the constraints posed by poor access to finance in the development of affordable housing in the country.

The federal government’s 10,000 mortgage scheme was inspired by President Goodluck Jonathan’s pledge to help tackle the country’s 17 million housing deficit.

On January 16, 2014, the President launched the Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company with a view to making mortgage accessible to Nigerians to enable them purchase and own their own homes.

To qualify as a beneficiary of a mortgage under the scheme, the prospective home owner must be pre-qualified to look for a home to buy, within the limits of the mortgage provided. Interested mortgage applicants are required to access a dedicated online portal for the scheme – www.housingfinance.gov.ng to go through a checklist of eligibility requirements to verify his or her status as a tax-paying Nigerian, who is a first time home buyer with a regular income.

Once eligibility of the applicant has been established, he would be directed to complete and submit a form requesting his personal and employer’s details, state of origin and residence as well as salary range.

On this segment of Sunrise, a member of the Ministerial Committee on the project, Architect Ezekiel Nya-Etok, and the Chairman, Public Private Partnership, Real estate developers association of Nigeria, Sola Enitan, discussed the impact the project would have in spite of the 17 million housing deficit.