Written by Sarah NEGEDU

We are committed to affordable housing delivery - Minister

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, has reiterated the commitment of the administration to the delivery of affordable housing in the territory in line with the presidential deliverables.

The minister who stated this during a media chat on Abuja @ 30 and affordable housing scheme, also emphasized that the administration was working assiduously to address the deficit in the housing sector especially among civil servants.

Aliyu revealed that in recognition of the housing deficit in the nation's capital, a comprehensive review of previous attempts at providing 500 units of affordable housing has been completed, stressing that modalities have been put in place to guarantee accessibility and affordability to deserving beneficiaries, including funding arrangements with potential funders such as the Family Homes Fund Limited and the Federal Mortgage Bank.

“It is pertinent to stress here that layouts have been identified for affordable housing provision in all the six area councils, development plans have been prepared for the layouts, and prototype designs have been produced for housing types and 3D models have been completed for the Muhammadu Buhari Housing Estate in Karshi, for the FCTA and FCDA staff.

“Just recently, I embarked on project tour of the site alongside our development partners, with my technical team and management staff of Satellite Towns Development Department. It is my honest view that at the completion of the project, staff of the FCT Administration would be more committed to duty, and they would also have sense of ownership of the houses.

The minister used the occasion to explain that under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and under the 13 presidential deliverables given to the FCT Administration, affordable housing was given priority, adding that the administration would engaged competent companies of repute whose integrity have been proven by the various jobs they have executed within the nation.

In her words, “also one of the areas we are looking at is the financial muscles to execute a project going by the paucity of funds in the country, and any project awarded must be executed within a certain period of time.”

 

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