Federal Government has completed 2,665 housing units in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
This was disclosed in Owerri, Imo State capital, yesterday, by the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Bashir Alkali, represented by the Deputy Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of the Ministry, Onyetenu Emeka, during the handing over of the buildings to the beneficiaries who have fully paid in Avu, Owerri West Local Council, by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, represented by the controller of Works and Housing, Imo State field headquarters, Denis Finish.
His words: “The NHP initiative has engaged over 1,500 building contractors under phase 1, 2 and 3 of the programme since its inception in 2016. It has also created over 15,000 and 55,000 direct and indirect jobs respectively.
During this period, the ministry is undertaking the construction of over 6,000 housing units in 45 sites, out of which 2, 665 units have been completed in 35 states and FCT. “
According to him, the philosophy of the programme is anchored on affordability, accessibility and acceptability as contained in the National Housing Policy.
The tenets of the Building Energy and Efficiency Code (BEEC) were taken into consideration in the project.
He disclosed that the categories of the Avu housing project included one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom and semi-detached bungalows and condominiums.
Speaking, Denis said: “The ministry has successfully constructed many housing units under this programme in 35 states, except for Lagos State, where land has not been donated by the state government for the programme.’’
He informed that the housing as contained in meters included: “Two-bedroom units 76 -203 sq. Meters and three bedroom units 110 – 137 sq. Meters.”