The Federal Government will on Wednesday hold a media launch for the National Social Housing Programme (NSHP) model house and information portal.
The media launch is aimed at creating awareness on how the general public can apply to own a house including how contractors can enlist for the project. It will create opportunity to showcase the model sample houses to the media
The National Social Housing Programme (NSHP) is the housing component of the President Muhammadu Buhari Economic Sustainability Plan to deliver affordable housing and millions of jobs for Nigerians.
The sustainable housing sceheme is part of the approved the 2.3 Trillion Naira Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) prepared by the Osinbajo-led Economic Sustainability Committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in June 2020.
Already, the CBN has committed to a N200 billion facility, while most of the sites where the housing project will commence have already been identified across various geo-political zones by the Federal Government.
The Family Homes Funds (FHF) is the implementing agency for the initiative which target the construction of 300,000 housing units across the country.
Hence, the housing media launch is aimed at creating public awareneas for the eventual take off of the housing programme.
The Portal is expected to provide information for interested parties including individuals and organized groups interested in home ownership under the scheme, as well as delivery partners including developers, young professionals in the building industry, suppliers, and manufacturers.
The pilot scheme of the project is to commence in Osun and Ogun in the Southwest; Enugu in the Southeast; Delta, in the South-south; Bauchi in the Northeast; Kebbi in the Northwest; Nasarawa and Plateau in the North-central; and a number of sites in Abuja.
The project which is expected to create 1.8 million jobs will later be cascaded across the country.
The project is expected to create jobs for local building materials producers and housing inputs such as doors, windows, hinges, frames, cement, paints, etc.
A total of about 1.5m doors would be needed, 1.8m windows, 7.8m hinges amongst other input needs.
“Building sites will also function like factories for the manufacturing of these house inputs to increase local production of building materials and save costs on the importation of building products.
“The social housing project will also employ both the services of established developers and young small-medium scale professional contractors (architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, accountants, etc). These groups will in turn employ the needed artisans.”