Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria: Ministry to Partner DFID On Housing Delivery

The Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is to partner the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to draw a road map on housing delivery in Nigeria.

Speaking at the opening of a three-day strategic planning workshop on "The Imperative for Change", the minister, Ms AmalPepple, said the partnership would address critical issues and re-invigorate the ministry to attain efficiency.

According to her the workshop will also enable the ministry to deliver its mandate more professionally, ethically and competently.

She said that DFID, through its Federal Public Administration Reform (FEPAR) programme, would assist in the improvement of land administration in Nigeria.

Pepple said the programme would also assist in the provision of appropriate policies and the legal and regulatory frame work for effective delivery of affordable houses.

She said that the workshop was designed to develop and strengthen institutions responsible for housing delivery and improving indigenous capacity and promoting professionalism and excellence.

The minister said further that the workshop would improve the mortgage system, mobilise resources for sustainable housing delivery and create an enabling environment for private sector investment in housing development.

"The ministry needs policies to promote the development of functional towns and cities for national economic growth," she said.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Sali, who acknowledged the role of the DFID-FEPAR reform programme in the civil service, said the programme would help in ensuring effective civil service delivery.

Also sppeaking, Mrs Nellie Mayshak, the National Programme Manager of FEPAR, said the initiative was a joint arrangement between the Federal Government and the DFID.

Mayshak said the programme was meant to strengthen core Federal Government system and build capacity to deliver public services.

She said that the DFID-FEPAR would find solutions to the current structure of the ministry, which she described as dysfunctional.

The FEPAR programme was developed by DFID in collaboration with the Federal Government in May 2011, to provide technical assistance to key public service institutions in Nigeria.

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