Abuja, Sept. 30, 2012 (NAN) The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has constituted a Ministerial Committee to work out the policy guidelines and modalities for the Administration’s affordable housing programme.
This is contained in a Statement on Sunday in Abuja issued by Mr Oluyinka Akintunde, Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Minister of State for FCT.
The statement named the committee chairman as the Director, Satellite Towns Development Agency (STDA), Alhaji Tukur Bakori, based on the directive of the Minister of State for FCT, Ms Olajumoke Akinjide.
It quoted the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Anthony Ozodinobi, who inaugurated the committee, as urging the members to establish viable and sustainable partnership between the public and private sectors in the delivery of affordable housing.
"We need pragmatic policy guidelines that would deliver affordable housing in FCT. The Administration is committed to realising its affordable housing programme, which has necessitated the setting up of a Committee to work out the policy guidelines,"
The statement listed the terms of reference to include the determination of strategies for involvement of estate developers, investors,building material manufacturers and suppliers in affordable housing delivery in the territory.
Others were the setting out modalities for the involvement of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in affordable housing delivery in the FCT; and determining the types of houses to be developed and suggesting specifications for these houses.
The committee was also mandated to establish effective, transparent and credible procedures that will ensure that the targeted social class and categories of income group were direct beneficiaries of the housing scheme in FCT.
The Committee has up till Oct. 15, to submit its report to the Minister of State for FCT.
Its chairman expressed the commitment of members to produce sustainable housing policy guidelines for the FCT.