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FMBN inaugurates N8m houses for Nasarawa civil servants

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In an effort to reduce housing deficit in the country, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria has inaugurated a housing programme in Nasarawa State to serve as a pilot scheme towards providing 1,400 units across the nation.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive, FMBN, Ahmed Dangiwa, disclosed this at the ground-breaking of the FMBN, Nigeria Labour Congress,Trade Union Congress and Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association’s National Affordable Housing Project in Kwandere area of Lafia East Development Area of the state.

According to him, the programme is designed to be implemented in phases, saying that the first phase would run as a pilot to deliver 1,400 housing units in the six geopolitical zones in the country.

He added that each zone would have 200 houses, with 100 units in two selected states, maintaining that Abuja and Lagos were to be treated as special sites.

Dangwa, however, explained that Nasarawa State was lucky to be one of the two states picked in the North-Central geopolitical zone due to its commitment to the National Housing Fund scheme, among other reasons.

“The programme is designed to be implemented in phases. What we are witnessing today is the first phase to be run as a pilot to deliver 1,400 housing units across the six geopolitical zones in the country. Abuja and Lagos are to be treated as special sites,” he stated.

The FMBN boss explained that the houses would be in three, two and one-bedroom semi-detached bungalows and block of flats, and would cost between N3m and N8m, adding that the project would be completed within six months.

Dangiwa, however, stated that the housing designs and bill of quantities were directly commissioned by the bank to ensure that the profit motive was suppressed and handed to participating developers, who were willing to accept the template, stating that the template had given them the leverage to ensure that the selling prices for the housing units would be between N3.1m and N8.3m.

Earlier, the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, commended the FMBN for considering the state to begin the housing project, adding that his administration was committed to supporting the project to completion.

He urged workers to key into the affordable housing project.

On his part, the National President, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, applauded the bank for its foresight in providing houses for civil servants in the state.

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Senate confirms Musa Shuaibu Nuhu as DG NCAA

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The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Captain Musa Shuaibu Nuhu for appointment as the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The approval of the Senate followed the presentation and consideration of the screening report of the Senator Smart Adeyemi-led Senate Committee on Aviation at plenary in Abuja.

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Presidency raises alarm over fake news targeting Buhari, family

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Presidency raises alarm over fake news targeting Buhari, family

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President Muhammadu Buhari, his family, ministers and the service chiefs are now targets of a new drive by those described as ‘purveyors of fake news’, the Presidency has revealed.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, cited a news item, claiming that President Buhari is due for a 20-day trip to the United Kingdom, as one of such Fabrications.

Alerting the general public to the new development and warning them to be ‘discriminatory’ in consuming unverified stories, especially from the social media, the statement, the statement noted this is the only way to beat this new wave of attack.

“Purveyors of fake and concocted Information are currently on overdrive, and Nigerians are urged to be careful what they consume as news, and also share with others, particularly from the social media.

“An unfounded information has been making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to travel to the United Kingdom for 20 days, and from there proceed to Saudi Arabia, and then Austria. Fake. It is nothing but falsehood from mischievous minds.
“Members of the First Family, Ministers, top government officials, the military, and other key institutions, are equally objects of this orchestrated falsehood, coming from enemies of national cohesion.

We urge Nigerians to be discriminatory about what they accept as credible information, and restrain themselves from sharing what they have not authenticated as genuine. That is how we can all collectively beat the malevolent minds at their pernicious games”, the statement said.

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