From Emmanuel Iyoho
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the allocation of houses to 22 members of the 1994 Super Eagles in their various states across Nigeria, thereby fulfilling a pledge made to them 28 years ago by the then Federal Government.
Buhari stated this during the commissioning of the completed homes under the administration’s National Housing Programme initiative in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
The commissioning was the first in the series of the formal commissioning lined up to take place in 34 states of the federation where Phase I of the houses has been completed.
Fashola, who was represented by the director of Public Building and Housing, Mr Solomon Labafilo, stated that, as the end of President Buhari’s tenure draws near, Nigeria will witness season of completion in terms of design.
Represented by the minister of state for science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Muhammed Abdullahi, President Buharidescribed the completion of the housing projects as a fulfillment of the promise of change that was made to the people by his administration.
Buhari also praised the Nasarawa State government for providing the land for the project, describing it as one of the developmental possibilities that intergovernmental collaboration can produce.
He said that the provision of the housing estates across the country was informed by the government’s desire to achieve one of its primary objectives which is to improve the human condition.
The President said that the housing projects provided contracts for the micro, small and medium business men and women who provided employment for people through the engagement of skilled and unskilled workers thereby unleashing a value chain of economic activities that have made a positive impact in the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
“These are some of the people our country remains committed to move towards prosperity and away from poverty and we are already reaching them by providing opportunities for employment for those who were hitherto unemployed,” he said.
In his address, the Nasarawa State governor, Mr AbdullahiSule, who was represented by the commissioner for Works, MrIdris Idris, described the construction of the housing estate as a landmark achievement of the Federal Government in its effort to provide affordable and conducive accommodation for Nigerians.