The Federal government has declared support for an initiative targeted at empowering women to become house owners.
Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development, Chief (Mrs.) Grace Ekpiwhre, who was speaking at the unveiling of the Women Housing Plan Initiative (WHPI), noted that the commitment of the federal government to the provision of affordable housing and access to land for developmental projects is underscored by the inclusion of land reform as part of the 7-point agenda of the present administration.
She asserted that the federal government is willing to support and collaborate with companies, organisations and all stakeholders in housing sector that are ready and prepared to compliment governmentâ€™s effort in providing houses to all Nigerians.
Ekpiwhre commended the initiators of the programme for the impressive steps taken towards achieving the set objectives of the programme and pledged the assistance of the federal ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development in that regard.
The minister reiterated the willingness of the federal government to support any estate developer under a genuine Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme in mass housing development by providing land in any part of the country.
She called on Nigerians to take advantage of the federal governmentâ€™s â€œSight and Serviceâ€ scheme of the housing ministry whereby parcels of land are acquired in all the states of the federation by the federal government, surveyed, planned, serviced with infrastructure and allocated to Nigerians to build their own houses.
In her remarks at the occasion, President/CEO, (WHPI), Hajiya Binta Ibrahim, the project is a mission driven by a deep commitment to empower families and women in particular towards owning their own homes through a service enriched housing programme that is affordable within their household budget.
She declared that the main objective of the programme is to assist and empower women, widows, singles and married, to own houses in support of their immediate families and also to support the federal government efforts towards achieving the goal of housing for all by the year 2015.