Housing Ministry Signs MOU with Consortium on Delivery of 100,000 Housing Units

Minister of Housing and Urban Development Arc Ahmed during the signing of MOU with a Consortium on Housing delivery in Nigeria, Thursday, December 21st, 2023

In its continued effort to leverage private sector collaboration towards bridging the housing deficit, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a consortium to deliver 100,000 affordable housing units across the nation.

The MOU, signed Thursday 21 December 2023 at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, marks a milestone for the Ministry’s Action Plan in view of its Renewed Hope Cities and Estates Projects.

The agreement with the Consortium of private sector-led companies, headed by Continental Civil and General Construction Company Limited and Ceezali Limited, represent the heralding of renewed attention to Public Private Partnership arrangements, which the ministry has made a major part of its housing delivery strategy.

The housing units are to be delivered in two phases, starting with 20,000 units in the Federal Capital Territory followed by 80,000 units across the six (6) geopolitical zones.

In his remarks, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa noted that the MOU was the result of months of hardwork and strategic planning resulting in a robust framework to ensure the PPP arrangement was structured to succeed.

Speaking on the modalities of the MOU, Arc. Dangiwa said, “under the terms of this partnership, the consortium will be the ones to provide construction finance and build the housing units to completion based on agreed housing designs and prices.

“The Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, on its side, will facilitate provision of affordable mortgage loans to off-takers through the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), as well as facilitate the approval and grant of all legal titles in select lands for the projects as part of its efforts to create an enabling environment for private sector investment in the housing sector”, he noted.

Acknowledging the severe housing crisis in Nigeria and the inadequacy of budgetary allocations to address the deficit, Dangiwa emphasised the need to see increased access to decent and affordable housing as a collective endeavour, requiring the active participation of all stakeholders across the entire housing value chain.

“These partnerships enable leveraging the strengths of both the public and private sectors, fostering innovation, efficiency, and increased access to funding. Our long-term goal is to address the housing shortage and enhance the quality of life of our citizens”, he added.

The Minister further touched on the job creation component of the project, noting that it is in line with the vision of President Bola Tinubu to raise 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

Notably, the PPP arrangement will create 2.5 million direct and indirect jobs at 25 jobs per housing unit.

Accordingly, the minister asked the consortium to continuously engage the technical staff of the ministry in the siting, design, monitoring, and cost evaluation of the project, while urging them to ensure the delivery of the project within agreed timelines.

Consultant for the consortium and Principal Partner of C23 Consultants Limited, Damola Akindolire, noted that the PPP arrangement is first of its kind in Nigeria, in respect of the scale and scope of the project, explaining that the MOU speaks to the focus and seriousness of the leadership of the ministry to address the housing deficit in Nigeria.

On their part, Executive Director of Continental Civil and General Construction Company Limited, Alamu Adegbenga and Contract Manager of Ceezali Limited, Sule Wada, assured the Minister of their technical and financial capacities to deliver on the project based on their track record and experience.

Highlight of the event was the signing of the MOU by the Minister and representatives of the consortium.

Salisu Haiba Badamasi
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