Land Ministry to use biometrics for housing allocation


The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs Akon Eyakenyi, has said it will deploy the use of biometrics in the allocation of houses to check cases of double allocation.
Eyakenyi said during an inspection tour of the ministry’s prototype housing scheme in Suleja, Niger State.

She said that the new strategy would go a long way in reducing the country’s housing deficit.

According to her, the estate which is being constructed under the Public Private Partnership scheme of the ministry contains 102 housing units.
The minister gave a breakdown of the project to include; 33 and 44 units of three and two bedrooms respectively.
She further said that the three bedrooms would be allocated to contributors to the National Housing Fund (NHF) at the cost of N5.8million, while the two bedrooms would also be sold at N4.7 million.
According to the minister, the one bedroom will be allocated at the cost of N1.8 million.
Eyakenyi allayed fears that the houses would be allocated to beneficiaries of previous schemes.
She stated that the ministry under her leadership would be transparent in the allocation of the houses.
“I want to guarantee Nigerians that under this dispensation, an individual will be entitled to only one house.”
“And the measure we are going to put in place and use is the biometric system which will be introduced to ensure that an individual will be able to claim right to only one house,” she said.
The minister was accompanied on the inspection tour by the Managing Director of Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Mr Gimba Ya’u Kumo.
In his remarks, Ya’u Kumo said that the houses were discounted in line with the social housing scheme of the Federal Government.
Ya’ u Kumo said that the bank is expending N600 million on the new housing project, and added that there are also 25 other housing projects being undertaken by the bank across the country.