…Says It Won’t Be Business As Usual
The Newly appointed Minister For Housing And Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa on assumption of duty has pledged to break systemic barriers to housing and urban development in the country.
Dangiwa made the promise on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at a warm reception organised for him and his Minister of State, Abdullahi Tijjani by the Staff of the Ministry in Abuja.
Speaking about the task ahead, he noted that, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development carried a huge responsibility, adding that, it was designed to play a fundamental role in ensuring that Nigerians had access to affordable housing and that our communities were decent, safe, and livable.
He, therefore, averred that with the requisite support, he would do all within his power to deliver on President Bola Tinubu’s Bold Vision for the housing sector:
“With your support, I believe that we shall make a historic difference in the performance of this duty. For me, | believe that housing is not just about brick and mortar, it is also about creating communities, building families, and ensuring that every Nigerian has a place they can call home. I am here to work with you towards making that possible.
“I also believe that the responsibility of this Ministry is to create an enabling environment and formulate policies that empower agencies under its supervision to perform their functions optimally. This will be a central focus of my leadership and I urge you all to work in alignment with this vision”, Dangiwa said.
The Minister admitted that, “we are facing numerous challenges, but with challenges come opportunities for growth and progress. With rapid population growth, the demand for housing in our nation is ever-increasing, and it is our duty to rise to the occasion and meet these needs head-on”.
He further emphasized the importance of teamwork, collaboration, innovation, hard work, and open communication in order to surmount the challenges.
Dangiwa also promised, “to take bold initiatives, champion strategic housing reforms, and break systemic barriers to housing and urban development.
He said he would prioritize the N5OO Billion recapitalization of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) to give it leverage and enhance its ability to provide more affordable mortgage loans and rent-to-own options to Nigerians.
He would also, “reform the FMBN, Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and other housing agencies so they can have the necessary capacity, and the technological edge to deliver world class services to Nigerians”.