By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has inaugurated three additional Executive Directors to the Board of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA).
Fashola who inaugurated the new executives directors yesterday in Abuja , said the addition was to deepen and strengthen the ability of the authority to deliver on its mandate to deliver services to Nigerians in terms of housing.
“The first thing that we did was to get Mr President to approve the inauguration of the new board and that board is a pan Nigerian board it speaks to as much of the diversity of Nigeria in terms of the six geopolitical zones, gender, age difference.
“Also of the diversity of talents but on the back of that we found it necessary to strengthen the management who run the day to day shift , we used to have two executive directors Moris Ekpeyong and Abdulmumuni Aminu.
“We recommended and the president in his wisdom approved the expansion of the directorate to five from two. I hope that they would go on without much addo and diligently and vigorously apply themselves to the task ahead.
“Which is estate development, housing development, maintenance of existing estates that is very important and also to start getting all of the assets that FHA owns we want to know what FHA is sitting on.
“It is possible that FHA is the richest and biggest housing corporation in Africa,” Fashola said.
He therefore welcomed them on board and urged them to deliver on their task.
Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, FMWH, Mr Babangida Hussaini in his welcome address said the expansion of the directorate was to enhance professionalism and better efficiency to the board.
According to him, the ministry wants to ensure that all it’s agencies are strengthened for optimal performance and expansion of the board of the FHA was key to this strategy.
The newly inaugurated executive directors are Mrs Hauwa Babakobi, Executive Director, Estate Services, Adamu Kure, Executive Director, Housing Finance and Accounts and Mr Chinonso Omoke, Executive Director, Project Implementation..
Responding on behalf of the newly inaugurated executive directors, Mrs Hauwa Babakobi commended the president for the confidence reposed in them and assured that they would thrive to do their best in the sector.