by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
A foundation of 279 housing scheme at the Old Barracks, Suleja, has been laid by the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello.
According to the governor, the housing project, which is in partnership with Bamhill Properties, is called ‘General J.T. Abubakar Social Housing,’ in a bid to address housing deficit in the state.
Disclosing this during the foundation-laying recently in Suleja in Niger State, Governor Bello stated that, the social housing is expected to be completed in two years.
The governor, while noting that, “Shelter is key,’ he assured that, government would intensify efforts by creating the enabling environment for more public-private partnership in the housing sector for Mass Housing projects in the state.
He equally assured that government would provide basic amenities at the estate as expected, and urged the development partners to ensure timely completion of the project in accordance with the contractual agreements. He appealed for the prices of the houses to be made affordable when completed.
Also, the Managing Director of Bamhill Properties, Akinkugbe Akeredolu-Ale, disclosed that the objective of the scheme is to provide houses for low- and medium- income earners in the state.
According to him, the 279 houses would consist of 227 two-bedroom terrace units of housing, and 52 units of three-bedroom block of flats to be delivered in two phases.
He said, the two-bedroom terrace units housing is being constructed at N16 million, while the three-bedroom block is at N12 million.
In his remarks, the managing director of the Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank, Mr. Hayatudeen Awwal, assured that, Bamhill Properties has the capacity to handle the project, as they had carried out similar projects in the past, adding that, already, the bank had made available the sum of of N250 billion for mortgage purposes.