The Federal Housing Authority has been hampered by lack of budgetary allocation in the past six years, which has curtailed its ability in the provision of houses.
Executive Director, Estates, FHA, Mr Bello Issa, who disclosed this in Lagos recently, noted that for the past six years FHA had not been in the federal budget, a situation that has posed a major hindrance to their activities in churning out more houses for Nigerians. He said this has made FHA to solely rely on loans from commercial banks to source money for its operations.
Going forward, Issa said FHA plans to enter into partnership with communities so as to get land directly from them, adding that “when this commences, the agency would commence on site and services and allocate part of the land to those who can afford it in the host communities.
He said that FHA has built 37,000 housing units across the federation in the last 37 years of its existence, a performance which many observers describe as poor, representing an average of just 1,000 units per annum.
Deflecting the criticism of low performance, Issa said that the agency had embarked on a new policy to develop 106,000 housing units in the next four years. According to him, out of this number, FHA has commenced work on the development of 50, 000 units.
He noted that the 37, 000 housing units already built by the agency are spread over 76 housing estates throughout the federation. He added that the agency has also engaged in a collaborative partnership with the private sector through the public private partnership which had delivered 2,000 housing units.
The FHA director added that the housing agency has also taken steps to effectively key into the government’s plan to build houses for civil servants, saying that FHA intended to go to the federal ministries to urge them to partner with the agency.