Gov. Sani Bello moves to reduce housing deficit in Niger
Niger state Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Family Home Funds (FHF) Limited, to provide 1,200 units of houses in the state worth N1.8 billion.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who presided over the signing ceremony at the Government House, Minna, the state capital, said the exercise was to reduce the housing deficit in the state.
Gov. Sani Bello, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS) Mary Noel-Berge, and made available to SummitNews, assured that the state government in its desire to provide decent, affordable and quality houses to the people, will be fully committed to supporting the project.
The governor drew the attention of the company and the State Housing Corporation towards ensuring that the standard of the housing units are not compromised and profits should not be placed over quality.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO), Family Home Funds, Mr. Femi Adewole, said their sole responsibility is to provide the funds for the housing and monitor the execution of the project to ensure the terms of the MoU are strictly adhered to.
Mr. Adewole said the 1,200 houses that will gulp N1.8b will create 6,000 jobs amongst the populace through indirect linkages, adding that the housing company is to regain its funds within seven to eight years.
He added that the company is working in nine states and building14, 000 homes in those states, assuring that they will work assiduously to ensure funds are made available for the project.
The General Manager, Niger State Housing Corporation, Ahmed Abdullahi, disclosed that the housing estate is located along Abuja-Kaduna Express Road in Tafa local government area.
Abdullahi said the project which is 300 units of two (2) bedroom flats and 100 units of three (3) bedroom flats will kick-start in the next three weeks, adding that 70 percent of the beneficiaries will be civil servants and 30 percent will be the general public.
Commissioner for Lands and Housing Muktar Nasale, and Abdullahi signed on behalf of the state government, while Mr. Femi Adewole, signed on behalf of the company