NHP: FG assures Nigerians of Affordable Housing

The Honourable Minister of State II, Power, Works and Housing, Surveyor Suleiman Hassan Zarma, mnis has acknowledged that the Federal Government through its on-going National Housing Programme, is committed to cutting down the National housing deficit, adding that this will fast-track delivery of affordable houses to Nigerians.

He said this at the commissioning of 3 blocks of 12 units, 2 bedroom flats constructed by the staff Multi-purpose Cooperative Society, at Sabon Lugbe in Abuja.

Surv. Zarma said government was concerned about providing affordable houses to its teaming population but due to diminishing revenue, it cannot provide houses to all Nigerians.

He commended the laudable initiative of the Cooperative Society for providing the staff housing estate, thereby meeting the welfare needs of its members. He said that the Cooperative Society was working in line with one of the Ministry’s core mandates of providing adequate, affordable and sustainable housing.

The Minister urged private developers, individuals and other cooperative societies to emulate FMPW&H Staff Multi-purpose Cooperative Society by providing lands, access to mortgage facilities and other avenues towards meeting the housing needs of Nigerians.

After commissioning and inspecting of the Housing Estate, the Minister advised the Cooperative Society to plant economic trees within the estate. They were reminded to ensure that all structures were built on land properly acquired in line with laid down rules, as the law against illegal acquisition of land and landed properties in the FCT is still being enforced.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Staff Multi-purpose Cooperative Society, Ejiofor Frank Obidiri noted that this project was the second to be developed by the Society and an improvement on the previous one located in Kubwa. He added that the project cost N86.5Million and was designed and built with standard building materials while engaging trained skilled artisans and workmen.

He also urged the Minister to assist in the construction of the feeder road leading to the estate.

One of the beneficiaries, Ajayi Folarin Abimbola appreciated the executive members for their commendable success in building houses for contributors. Twelve contributors were beneficiaries.