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Achieve the construction of 1 million low-cost houses a year

To solve what it said was a housing deficit of 17 million, the APC pledged to build a million housing units every year, through both direct housing programmes and private developers.

The available data is piecemeal. Some highlights include:

  • The approval by the cabinet in 2016 of a N500 billion mortgage fund. In 2018 this fund grew to N1 trillion.
  • In 2017 work on 100,000 houses started. But the initial allocation was only 2,736 houses to be constructed in 33 states. As of the end of 2018, there was no evidence that the N500 billion Family Homes Fund had delivered the targeted 100,000 houses in a year.
  • On its website, the Family Home Fund states its goal is to provide homes for 500,000 families by 2024. Its project fact sheet lists five projects that delivered 3,484 units by the end of 2020.
  • In October 2018 presidential advisor Adeyemi Dipeolu reportedly said the government “would disburse N100 billion yearly to the fund over the next five years” and that the works and housing ministry had completed over 2,000 houses. However, just 5% of that fund had been disbursed as of January 2019.
  • In March 2020, the junior minister of works and housing, Abubakar Aliyu, said the National Housing Programme had completed over 2,500 units in 34 states of the federation. 

As of May 2021, there was no evidence that Buhari’s government has provided up to 6 million homes.

In April 2022, the federal government launched more housing schemes under the National Housing Programme in 34 states, including the Federal Capital Territory. In most of the states, the number of houses to be built was less than 100.

There is no evidence that at least seven million homes have been built in Buhari’s time in office.

– Africa Check, updated May 2022. First tracked in 2018, and reviewed in 2020.

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