Speaking during a tour of inspection of the project, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure, Imeh Okon, disclosed that she was on the tour of inspection to see the level and completion status of the project.
She said “The Federal Government has invested in the project with the private sector to provide affordable social housing to the low-income earners so we came to see the progress and see if we can bring the Vice-President to commission the houses”.
Speaking on the affordability of the houses, she said “The initial plan we had was people that earn as low as N30, 000 monthly can be home owners, so if you have a minimum of N30, 000, you can own some of these houses”.
On her assessment of the project, she said “The buildings have been completed, and as you can see, people are already living inside, so we are just going to make most of the common areas very presentable for the people that are living in to stay and be able to enjoy the environment.
Speaking further she said “Everything is ready as far as we are concerned, there is water there is light, and you heard from what she said (One of the residents) is convenient for her, and this is the first time in her life, she owns a property herself”.
“The administration of President Buhari cares about the poor, and that is why this is a key concern for him to make sure that people with low-incomes can own a home, N30, 000, is not much, if you are ready to put one third of that on the table to be able to get mortgage to purchase these houses.
This is just one site, we have several across Nigeria, so even if we are starting in Nasarawa right now, we have in Ogun, we have in Delta, and we have in Kano. So what we’ve done here today, we are still going to go round those sites that are ready, to see the readiness, to also publicize it for Nigerians, to know that we have similar projects in other states. The tail end is to have it in all the 36 States, as many as we can, so it’s going to go everywhere, not just people that are close to Abuja”. She said
Also speaking during the tour of inspection, the Managing Director of Millard Fuller Foundation, the project contractor, said ‘’what you see is the first two phases of the project that is going to deliver affordable housing to Nigerians, I feel extremely privileged to be working with Family Homes Fund, with the Federal Government of Nigeria to deliver housing that is truly affordable at long last.
On the Categories of houses available he said “We have studio apartments, we have one bedroom apartments and two bedroom apartments, there are one or two, three bedroom apartments but we find that most people on that level will only be able to afford about two bedrooms” he said.
The tour of inspection was led by, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure, Imeh Okon, officials from the Office of the Head of Service, Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH), and officials of the Family Homes Fund.
Family Homes Fund, an initiative of the Federal Government, is aimed at facilitating affordable housing delivery by entering into specific partnerships with supportive State Governments, developers and International partners/agencies that can provide technical support and financing for project implementation.
SOURCE: Affa Dickson Acho