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The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development in Nigeria is set to implement significant reforms that will have a historic impact on the country’s housing and urban development sector.



The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa has stated that the Housing Ministry under his leadership is exploring creative solutions and will also implement necessary reforms to rewrite the story of housing and urban development in the country....Click Here To Continue Reading>>


The Minister made this known while delivering his keynote address on the 4th day of the 12th meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, held in Kaduna State.


“As part of endeavors to provide the right leadership as the focal driver of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s bold vision of making housing a top priority for his government, giving its unique potential to catalyze economic growth, create jobs and lift millions out of poverty,  the Ministry’s goal is to implement the most historic housing and urban sector reforms ever witnessed in the country, by driving initiatives that will create enabling environments for easier, safer, and profitable private sector investments in the sectors,” he stated.


The Minister explained that Housing is one of the critical sectors set aside for focus under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, is tied to Four key presidential priorities which are, Economic growth and Job creation, Access to capital, social inclusion or Inclusivity and Ending poverty.


According to him, the Four presidential priorities of Government underline the priorities of the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development over the next four years, through a Reform of Federal Housing Institutions like the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Family Home Funds (FHF) and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), to enhance efficiency and capacity; Establishment of a National Social Housing Fund to cater to the housing needs of the NO INCOME, homeless and vulnerable groups; Review of the Land Use Act (1978) to streamline access to land; Establishment of a robust Mortgage Registry to facilitate property transactions and increased home ownership; Increasing housing supply, amongst others.


“The achievement of these targets would require an “All of Government” Approach and Actions that foster continuous engagement between Governments at all levels along with the private sector and relevant International Organisations operating in the Housing sector,” he added.


While noting that land reforms are a significant part of the housing sector reforms, Dangiwa disclosed a work in progress under the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to establish a National Land Commission whose work would be partly to outline clear implementation guidelines for the Land Use Act to chart a new path of effective land administration in the country.


The Minister further disclosed readiness with Mr. President’s support to commence Phase 1 of the Renewed Hope Cities and Estates which targets the delivery of 34,500 housing units of 1, 2- and 3-bedroom affordable multi-level flats and bungalows for low-income earners, as well as high-end detached bungalows, terraces, and duplexes for high-income earners in Thirty States of the Federation.


For the Slum Upgrading Programme, he also disclosed the Ministry’s plans to upgrade 26 slums in the six regions of the Country, and the Federal Capital Territory, to improve the living standards of the slum residents and urban poor by providing key infrastructure and ancillary services.


“To ensure affordability for Nigerians we have already mapped out the following options which include Rent-to-Own, Public Rental, Mortgage Loans, and where applicable, outright sale,” he explained.


Speaking further, Dangiwa assured that the issue of financing housing development and urban infrastructure remains priority to the Ministry, and in this regard, he outlined some innovative financing and credit-driven approaches which could be exploited, such as Increasing the adoption of Public-Private Partnerships and similar Institutional arrangements, encouraging the growth of various Credit schemes, Housing Cooperatives and Rent-To-Own Schemes, increasing access to Multilateral/Bilateral, Pension Funds and Capital Market funding sources amongst others.


While appreciating the acceptance of the Kaduna State Government to host the 12th Meeting of the Council despite a brief notice, Dangiwa praised the State for demonstrating exemplary leadership in housing development.


He informed that Kaduna was one of the first states in the country to adopt and pass into law the Model Mortgage Foreclosure Law (MMFL) which coordinates and promotes housing investments and mortgage development activities.


On the supply side, he pointed out that Kaduna State has implemented reforms in land administration, titling, and registration, and also offered fiscal incentives, among others; and on the demand side, has developed single-digit interest rate mortgage arrangements with Sterling Bank, FHA Mortgage Bank and Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC).


“I am particularly impressed by the State’s Qatar Sanabil Project, which aims to deliver about 500,000 housing units. This is a laudable feat and testament to the business-friendly environment of Kaduna State that is worthy of emulation,” he expressed.


He commended the high rise in the revenue generation of the State as a result of these achievements, to over ₦ 44 billion per annum despite the lack of amendments to the Land Use Act.


While speaking, the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani represented by the Honourable Commissioner of the Kaduna State Ministry of Housing and Urban Development Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, said that Kaduna State Government in its effort to increase the housing stock, came up with a direct Construction of 624 affordable housing units of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom houses in four locations of the State, the Construction of a total of 222 houses of 1, 2, 3, 4 bedrooms terraces as well duplexes, directly and through partnership.


He added that the state was in partnership with 52 developers to provide between 20,000 and 30,000 houses which is at about 50% completion, provision of plots by the Kaduna Geographic Information System (KADGIS) to citizens, through the sites and services process so that individuals can build their own houses, amongst others.


The Governor further expressed the willingness of the State to continue in partnership with the Federal Government to facilitate the provision of decent and affordable Houses to Nigerians, while also welcoming investors to the State.


Also speaking, the chairman of, the Senate Committee on Housing, Senator Aminu Tambuwal Lauded the aptness of the theme for this year’s Council Meeting which is “Harnessing Local And International Credit Scheme As A Panacea For Housing Infrastructure Development Under The Renewed Hope Agenda”, pointing out that positive progress cannot be made in the Housing and Urban Development Sector without funds.


While acknowledging that sourcing funds was a difficult one, He noted that it was not unconquerable given that construction in housing is a major way of redistributing wealth and should be encouraged.


Tambuwal further assured of the support of the National Assembly in realizing the outcomes of the Council’s decisions.

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Atiku has demanded transparency from Tinubu regarding his records, but he has refused to release his academic records.




Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has refused to provide copies of his academic records, despite previously leading a legal battle to obtain President Bola Tinubu’s records. Atiku had successfully compelled Chicago State University (CSU) in the United States to release Tinubu’s academic records in October 2023, which he claimed were forged. He argued that this transparency was necessary to ensure ethical standards in Nigerian public service....Click Here To Continue Reading>>


Premium Times Newspaper submitted a formal request to Atiku on October 3, 2023, requesting copies of his academic certificates from primary school to university level, including his Master’s degree certificate. However, Atiku has yet to provide the requested information, despite acknowledging both letters and promises of a prompt response from his spokesperson, Mr. Paul Ibe.


Premium Times commended Atiku’s pursuit of Tinubu’s records and argued that “transparency and honesty” are crucial for public officials. They further suggested that by providing his own records, Atiku could demonstrate his commitment to these same principles.


While Atiku’s early life and education are partially documented, gaps remain, and controversy has surrounded his academic records, particularly the West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate issued to “Siddiq Abubakar.” Atiku’s refusal to provide his complete academic records contrasts sharply with his prior demands for transparency from President Tinubu.


Atiku had accused his rival in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), of forgery of a certificate from CSU. Atiku had questioned the copy of the Chicago State University (CSU) certificate Mr Tinubu presented to INEC as evidence of his educational qualification to run for the highest political office in Nigeria. However, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, in its judgement on 26 October, entirely dismissed Atiku’s appeal, refusing to admit the documents from the US in evidence on the grounds that Atiku did not plead the allegation of forgery in his petition to the election tribunal.

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“Tinubu has no intention of excluding any region in Nigeria,” says Shettima.




Vice President Kashim Shettima has assured that every part of Nigeria would feel the impact of the administration of President Bola Tinubu,...Click Here To Continue Reading>>

He said ensuring that no part of the country is left out of the administration’s pursuit of development is the only way to foster peace, unity and development.

Shettima gave that assurance on Friday when he hosted a traditional ruler of Mangu in Plateau State, the Mishkahan Mwaghavul, John Hirse, who led a team on a courtesy visit to his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Vice President assured the delegation that peace would be restored in Mangu in the shortest possible time, noting that President Tinubu is aware of the situation and therefore the inevitable return of peace to all troubled areas of the country.

He stated: “The crisis in Plateau State has nothing to do with religion. It is only right that we understand ourselves and live peacefully with each other. Plateau State is a land blessed with Muslims and Christians. What unites us replaces what divides us.

Vice President Kashim Shettima (M) in a Group Photograph with members of the traditional rulers of Plateau State during a courtesy call on the Vice President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday (12/8/23). .

“This administration will deploy all resources to address all political contradictions in the bid to restore peace and harmony in the state.

“We will, by the grace of God, address all the internal contradictions, political overtones, and even ethnic nuances that are part of the conflict and ensure that we find a lasting solution.

“Ours is a great nation chained by the so-called social contradictions that we have in the system and it is essential that for the peace and development of our nation, we restore the trust of the people and the government.”

Earlier in his remarks, Hirse said he and members of his delegation were in Aso Villa to show their appreciation and thank the vice president for attending his coronation.

Vice President Kashim Shettima (M) in a Group Photograph with members of the traditional rulers of Plateau State during a courtesy call on the Vice President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday (12/8/23).

He noted that Mr. Shettima’s attendance at the coronation shows that he is a father to all.

He commiserated with the people of Kaduna State and commended the Vice President for the government’s response so far.

The royal father pledged his support and that of his people to the Tinubu Administration.

*Stanley Nkwocha**Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Communication**Office of the Vice President**December 8, 2023*

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Dino Melaye has spoken about allegations of receiving billions from Atiku and Dangote. More details about this matter are available.




Senator Dino Melaye, who was the governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election in Kogi State, has denied rumors that he received N3 billion from Atiku Abubakar and businessman Aliko Dangote. Speaking at a dinner organized by members of his campaign organization in Abuja, Melaye dismissed the report as fake news spread by his detractors and mischief makers. The former senator also said that he did not collect N1 billion from Atiku and N2 billion from Dangote as was being speculated. He further discussed three lessons he learned from contesting the election....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

According to Melaye, the first lesson is that the east now knows they cannot become governor alone. They will have to collaborate with other zones to become governors. The second lesson is for those from the west. Melaye said that next time, they should listen to the words of wisdom from their elders and not from commercialized characters who create problems for them because, at the end of the day, what their elders have been saying that this will be the worst election for them is eventually what happened. Finally, Melaye stressed that unity was required within the PDP family in the state, especially in Kogi West, for the party to win any election.

Melaye declared that it was against the political interest of the party for Kogi West or any zone in the state to field more than one candidate in such a critical election. He also expressed his gratitude to God and the leaders who supported him throughout the campaign. According to him, they did not experience any gunshots or killings during the campaign, and he thanked everyone for their support.

Melaye further claimed that there was no governorship election in Kogi State.

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