Naomi Gabriel —
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Works and Housing, Mr Umar El-Yakub last Tuesday during an inspection tour of the Zuba and Bwari Mass Housing Estates in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, commended the Management of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) for its efforts in providing affordable housing for citizens.
The Zuba Mass Housing Project, which is over 90 per cent completion and soon to be commissioned, sits on 18 hectares of land and houses 748 units of three, two, one bedroom units and blocks of terrace duplexes.
The estate has 100 per cent completed standard infrastructure of roads drains, external water distribution network electricity reticulation, perimeter fence, water stations and other facilities for conducive habitation.
“This is a mixed development community, El-Yakub said.
“It is indeed a community because not only do you have the houses which are in one-bedroom two-bedroom a three-bedroom flats in condominium, as well as terrace houses of three bedrooms. They’re having an adequate facility.
” It’s not common to have houses that are all ensuite obviously provides more conveniences for the residents and as well as when they have visitors and guests.
“These are affordable housing. So for you to have such edifices as affordable is really worth commending the authority”, he added.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the Bwari project was conceived as part of the Federal Government’s Economic Sustainability Plan sits on 375 hectares to be completed in phases took off in March 2022.
The first phase covers 54 hectares for residential, commercial, educational, religious, special units and other supporting facilities.It will 337 units of one, two, three, and three bedroom terraced houses.
El-Yakub said contractors had attained appreciable level of construction adding that it was another example of how infrastructure was impacting on the economy.
” This site has 72 contractors on site ranging from those doing facilities to infrastructure to services to the building itself. And each side has engaged direct jobs of about 3500 people and of course a huge number of indirect jobs.
“Therefore, this is one of those significant impacts of delivery on infrastructure, not only are you delivering the housing scheme as affordable to Nigerians but of course what goes into the project as we are delivering it.
“So, this is the Buhari Administration doing what its best known for, delivering on infrastructure for the development of Nigeria, Nigerians and for prosperity to the people,” the minister said.
Also speaking at the project visit, the Managing Director, FHA, Sen. Gbenga Ashafa, was optimistic that the first phase of project would be delivered within 48 months projected for its completion.
“All things being equal we’ve given this project 48 months to be delivered which means by the end of 2024, the 1st and 2nd sectors should be delivered, that means that the 337 units should be ready by the end of the 36th month.
“We are hoping we don’t run into financial challenges because the off takers are there, this location is very close to the law school here in Bwari and is very close to other educational institutions, like jamb and rest of them,” Ashafa said.