To increase housing stock, the Federal Government plans to complete its 748 housing units, which is 97 per cent completed by December.
Minister of State for Works and Housing, Umar El-Yakub, who stated this during an inspection tour of the estate located at Zuba in Federal Capital Territory and developed by Federal Housing Authority (FHA), expressed government’s desire is to provide affordable apartments to the people.
El-Yakub also hinted that the remaining three per cent of the project would be completed and ready for commissioning in December, saying, “this is part of the promise made to the residents of the capital city and its environs.”
He expressed delight on the extent of work done in the estate, describing the project as a mixed community, and example of infrastructure imparting on the economy, as it is aimed at creating 3,500 direct jobs for the people.
FHA Managing Director, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, said that some of the homeowners have moved in already based on compassionate grounds, explaining, the estate has affordable prices for its one-bedroom, two- bedrooms and three-bedrooms terraces.
Ashafa disclosed said that some facilities are undergoing test run such as water supply, as Zuba has water problem, electricity and other social amenities, like schools worship centres, road networks before the owners move in by next month.
Earlier, Tukur Mohammed said that the project would’ve been completed three years ago, but due to litigations, they have to settle it out of court and construct 2.7 kiliometres road leading to the estate and they postponed the handing over date.
Mohammed cited infrastructure such as electricity, which they have to construct substation, erosion control, landscaping, adding that hopefully, all social amenities will be delivered as soon as possible so that the owners can move in next few weeks.
Also, the Minister inspected another 337 mass housing project located at Bwari with 72 contractors handling the estate, saying that the first phase of it will be delivered in 2024 to serve staff of Nigeria Law School, JAMB and others in the axis.