Kingsley U.N Chikwendu
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has said that one of the greatest desires of a family is to own their homes, thereby, reiterating his administration’s commitments to the creating of Staff Cooperative Housing Schemes.
At a ground breaking ceremony which launched the 404 Unit Staff Housing Estate of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC)’s cooperative society at Wasa District yesterday, he said that it is the desire of many in the FCT and the country at large to own their homes. “With the FCTA’s staff strength of 27,000, you will agree with me that so many of our compatriots within the staff structure of the FCT, would desire to have their homes”, Bello said.
He commended the AMMC Staff Cooperative Society for carrying out such projects which he said is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda for the provision of housing for Nigerians. While pledging the support of his administration, the FCTA, towards ensuring its completion, he encouraged other cooperative societies to emulate the foresight of the AMMC Cooperative Society.
Earlier, the president of the cooperative, Engr. Muhammad Hamisu while appreciating the Minister on behalf of the cooperative for granting a 9.8 million naira waiver, being the cost of the building plan, said a plot measuring 4.2 hectares allocated in 2015 will contain the 404 housing units made up of 224 flats in one bedroom block of flats, while three bedroom terraces will be contained in 68 flats.
4.5 million naira he also revealed was expended as compensation for the indigenous people affected by the construction.
Hamisu also expressed that the cooperative society is working with the Federal Mortgage Bank (FMBN) and Mutual Alliance Mortgage Bank (MAMB) as the major financiers of the project, while the Abuja Property Development Company (APDC) is the project developer.