President of the Housing Development Advocacy Network, Bar. Festus Adebayo has urged Nigerians and stakeholders in the housing sector to join in the campaign to ensure the housing rights of all Nigerians.

Bar. Festus made the call while speaking to our Housing News correspondent ahead of the September 18 rally to the National Assembly to press home demand for the speedy passage of all pending housing related bills.

He emphasised that for all classes of Nigerians to have access to decent and affordable housing, the government must put in place people oriented housing laws, policies and programmes.

The HDAN president added that government should also ensure an enabling environment for housing developers to operate and guarantee the rights of all Nigerians to decent and affordable housing.

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He noted that there are several bills on housing pending before the National Assembly, saying if these bills are passed; it will go a long way in ensuring sustainable housing development to the benefits of all Nigerians, in respective of the income bracket.

Bar. Festus therefore urged all Nigerians to join HDAN in its September 18 rally to the National Assembly to demand the speedy passage of these bills. He said if the National Assembly is not sitting on that day, a new date for the rally will be announced.

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The housing bills pending before the National Asembly include bills to amend the Land Use Act of 1978, the National Housing Fund (NHF) Scheme Act 1992, Mortgage Banks Act 1989 (subsumed in BOFIA), Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) Act 1993, The Trustee Investment Act 1962, The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Act 1993, The Insurance Act 2002, The Investment and Security Act 1999, The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Act 1990, Securitization Bill, Foreclosure Law Bills amongst many others.

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