NHP: Fashola Constitutes Media, Monitoring Team to Access Housing Projects The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment and determination to deliver affordable mass housing across 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory. In showcasing the immense effort of the present administration in the on-going construction activities in the sector, the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has constituted a monitoring and media team to embark on facility inspection tour of the National Housing Programme (NHP) across the Federation.
Recall that in 2016, the Federal Government through the Ministry commenced the pilot phase for the construction of affordable Mass Housing Scheme across the nation to reduce housing deficit in the country, the projects are currently at various stages of completion. The monitoring team, comprising of Zonal Directors, Federal Controllers of Housing, Team Leaders and Journalists undertook an inspection tour to the North Central; particularly FCT, Nasarawa, Niger, Benue and Plateau to access the progress of work. While in Minna, Niger State, the Team leader, Engr. Valentine Nwaimo, stated that government is happy to see the positive impact of the national housing project on economic of each state. The Minna NHP project consist of 80 housing units of 40 blocks, comprising 52 units of 2bedrooms, 24 units of 3 bedrooms, including the special bricks building and 4 units of 1bedroom. Also, the NHP project located at Dukwa area of Gwagwalada, FCT, consists of 72 housing units in a Condominium prototype.
The Condominium prototype is a block building consisting of 4 units 1bedroom, 16 units of 2bedrooms and 4 units of 3bedrooms all together in a 3-story building. In Benue State, the ministry is constructing 72 units of 3bedrooms; 2bedrooms and semi-detached houses are due for completion in few months’ time. The team also visited Lafia, Nasarawa State capital where construction of 78 units NHP project located in the main town along Shendam road is about 90 per cent completion.
The representative of the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, the Director,Public Building, Arch. Aliyu Kuyanbana expressed the readiness of the state to provide additional hectares of land to the 10 hectares already provided by the State to accommodate the second phase of the programme. It is however noteworthy to mention that a good number of artisanal job opportunities have been created through the NHP project; local content is on the increase due to patronage of locally manufactured products such as burnt bricks; food vendors and local suppliers have also benefited from the projects thereby creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs. The National Housing Programme, aimed at increasing the housing stock facility of the nation, is expected to be made available to all interested working class Nigerians after completion.
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