President Jonathan Inaugurates N2.4bn Abuja Aviation Village, NHF e-card Scheme

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BEVERLY HILLS, February 13, (THEWILL) - Barely  48 hours after the Federal Government unveiled the National Industrialisation Development  Plan amid fanfare in Abuja,  President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday continued with the giant strides of his administration as he inaugurated the  N2.

4bn mass housing scheme financed by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN)   known as the Aviation Village .

He also unveiled the  National Housing Fund (NHF) e-card at the same occasion in Abuja.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Jonathan  said his administration was determined to provide housing for all Nigerians.

"As for this administration, I assure you all that improving the living standards of Nigerians is an imperative which we are resolutely pursuing,' he said, as he disclosed the inauguration of the 270 flats Abuja Aviation Village was one of the results of the  housing retreat  he hosted   in Abuja three years ago.

According to President Jonathan,   the  National Policy on Housing had ensured that finance institutions with interest in housing are more strengthened and relevant to low  income earners.

President Jonathan, who also inaugurated  the National Housing Fund (NHF) e-card scheme at the event , said it will greatly  assist NHF in assessing and monitoring  their contributions and transactions with the Fund.

Stressing the need for defaulters to  comply by paying their contributions promptly, President Jonathan said: "Our intention is not to create a government monopoly but to encourage the private sector to drive the process while we provide the right policies and environment.

' According to the President, "What makes a change is not the big things we do but the little things we do and to do them well.

" Minister of Solid Minerals and Supervising Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Development, Musa Sada, in his speech at the occasion , disclosed  that the   FMBN would soon be privatised and advised the    institution to continue its great work in the area of  estate construction across the country.

Sada also disclosed  that the new National Building Code would soon be rolled out, saying  housing for all Nigerians is feasible.

The Minister  said  the NHF e-card is a modern technology and a welcome development as it will ensure  online access by NHF contributors.

However, the Chairman , Senate Committee on Housing, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, who congratulated   President Jonathan on the efforts being made to tackle insecurity in the North-east, urged him  to reverse what he described as the marginalisation of the region.

He also advocated the replication of the Aviation Village across the country.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Abdulwahab Omar, told President Jonathan that "we are witnessing true transformation,  nobody should discourage you when we invite you to come and commission more houses or even for ground-breaking ceremonies at new sites.