John Alechenu, Abuja
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), has said the quality of service delivery of the Federal Mortgage Bank greatly improved under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also noted that the bank has contributed positively to the development of the housing sector in Nigeria.

The Minister said this at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria Board/ Management Retreat and unveiling of the bank’s new corporate statement with the theme: Strategic Repositioning For Optimised Performance with a sub theme: Organisational Culture Change and Informal Sector Integration, which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, on Monday.

Fashola said, ” Since the inception of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2015, the bank has a positive story of service delivery to tell with the number of mortgages that have been issued, housing schemes that have been funded and completed and changes that have been made to the eligibility conditions to improve access to funding.”

The Minister stressed that equity contribution ratio for certain types of loans have been reduced.

He charged the bank to do more as the Federal Government has infused the Board and Management with a sense of how to reposition itself for greater and optimal performance to serve members of the public, especially those that contribute to the National Housing Fund.

According to the minister, the Federal Government has supported the FMB with the acquisition of core banking applications and software that reflect the reality of current banking environment to enable them operate comfortably like any ideal bank.

He disclosed that the National Council on Housing and Land held last week in Sokoto adopted a recommendation for the FMB to seek NDIC’s insurance of its contributors fund just as it is done for depositors in other banks.

Although the Minister expressed appreciation for the services such as the issuing of mortgages, home refurbishment loans and the introduction of the rent to own Initiative, he charged them to think out other ways of easing other concerns of the people especially the problem of 2 – 3 years rent payment demand by landlords in advance from tenants.

He observed that the problem of housing deficit is often seen from the angle of ownership whereas no country in the whole world has one hundred percent housing ownership, adding that it is a balance of ownership and rental.

While commending the Management and Board of the bank for organising the retreat, he urged them to focus their deliberations on how the people can be served better.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman Board of Directors of the Bank, Mr. Ayodeji Ariyo, disclosed that the decision to have the retreat underscored the commitment of the board to provide the required leadership and strategic direction for a rapid and sustainable positive turn – around in all facets of the bank’s operations.