In its quest to provide housing for the low and middle income earners in Nigeria, the Federal Government, through the Family Homes Funds is partnering with private developers to build houses in different locations of the federation.
Preceding the commissioning of the project by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Zarma led a taskforce team to Kano State to inspect one of the housing estates funded by the Family Homes Fund.
Speaking during a tour of inspection of the project, the Hon Minster outlined categories of families that will occupy the houses, he said ‘’We are providing a mixture of all, housing for the poor, housing for people who can afford it and those who cannot afford it, because we have a provision for rent to own, so you can rent a house with the aim of owning it later, by contributing from your meagre resources’’.
Speaking further he said apart from providing shelter, the initiative is also providing employment.
‘’If you have gone round with us, you’ve seen a lot of activities going on, you’ve not seen any foreigner, that means there is employment for our people which is one thing that is unique with provision of housing, you’ve seen people selling pure water, you’ve seen people selling food, iron rods, you’ve seen sand you’ve seen granite and you’ve seen cement, all these are economic activities coming out of this single project’’.
Also speaking during the tour of inspection, the project developer,and Chairman of Country Wide Limited,a Family Homes Funds partner company, Ali Magashi, stated the number of houses the project has created and the number of houses ready. ‘’We have over a 1,500 people working everyday on site, by the time we finish this number goes to 10,000 people, and right now we have 121 houses that are ready’’.
The team which was led by the Minister of State II, Power, Works and Housing had representatives from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the military and Road safety corps, as well as the Managing Director of Family Homes Fund and the Senior Special Assistant to the president on infrastructure.
Source:Affa Dickson Acho