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National Housing Programme: Only 115 of 10,543 applications get approval



17m housing deficit

Success has been recorded for only 115 out of 10,543 applications for some 5,000 housing units under the ongoing National Housing Programme in 34 states by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.

Business Metrics learned that even as more Nigerians jostle for the houses with new applications through a portal activated recently for the exercise, 10,206 applications were pending, 238 applications have been successfully submitted and a paltry 115 applications were approved.

Already, the scheme has been oversubscribed by 110.86 per cent with a shortfall of 5,543, should the rest of the application already received by the government accorded approval.

In a press statement, the ministry, however, advised applicants to ensure strict compliance to the requirements by uploading complete and only valid documents on the portal.

The ministry said the requirements for the online registration for the prospective applicants include passport photograph, current certified tax clearance/payment slip.

Others include means of identification such as current national ID, drivers licences, international passport and voter card as well as letter of first appointment and gazette of confirmation of appointment (for public servants).

On some of the reasons why some applications were not successful, the ministry in a statement issued in Abuja said these included lack of current tax clearance certificate, no evidence of tax clearance, and no pay slip.

Others include the non-submission of memorandum of acceptance, incomplete or inconsistent documents and not having valid means of identification or submission of an expired one.

It assured that all prospective applicants who complied with all the registration requirements would have a hitch free subscription and successful applicants for the homes would be notified via the e-mail addresses they supplied.

“Alternatively, applicants can log in to their profile to check the status of their application.

“The ministry hereby appeals for strict compliance with the stipulated requirements for easy processing and approval of applications,” the FMWH stated.

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