The Federal Capital Administration has approved the construction of 5000 low cost housing units.
The urban poor and low income earners in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, may soon realize their dreams of owning homes of their own as the FCT Administration has approved the construction of 5,000 low-cost housing units.
Already, a 4.6 hectares land area has been released in the Mamusa District for the project as part of the affordable housing programme of the FCTA towards addressing the dearth of accommodation for residents of the territory.
The Minister of State for Abuja, Olajumoke Akinjide, presented the allocation letter to the Millard Fuller Foundation and Federation of the Poor, EDUP, facilitators of the social housing scheme, for accelerated development of the land.
At the presentation ceremony, witnessed by the Permanent Secretary in the FCT, John Chukwu and President of FEDUP, James Ugwu, the minister reiterated the commitment of the Abuja administration to a dynamic policy of decent and affordable housing for residents of the Nigerian capital.
According to Mrs. Akinjide, the affordable housing programme was being executed through a public private partnership initiative, with the administration providing the required land as well as primary and secondary infrastructure, while the developer would provide the tertiary infrastructure.
“Today is a historic day and a day of fulfillment of a promise,” the Minister said, adding that the issue of affordable housing programme is very close to the heart of President Goodluck Jonathan, who recently approved the programme for the FCT.
“Shelter remains one of human’s basic needs since the inception of the human race. Globally, we are faced with the challenge of providing social housing needs that are affordable to the common man. In the FCT, just like many other cities in Nigeria and the world, provision of housing has continued to pose enormous challenges due to the high increase in population.
“The increase in the number of people that come into the FCT on a daily basis has further put pressure, not only on our housing facility, but also on other infrastructure and service delivery. The FCTA is, however, working to eliminate housing deficit in the territory,” Ms. Akinjide stated.
The minister noted that the Millard Fuller Foundation has successfully built low-cost houses for the urban poor and low-income earners in Masaka in Nasarawa State and is currently operating in 50 countries.
“The FCTA has started the journey towards affordable housing in the FCT and will be providing the site and services. We will deliver land that is fully serviced and affordable to the developers. Two Districts – Wasa and Mamusa – have been earmarked for the affordable housing programme of the Administration,” she stated.
The FCT Permanent Secretary noted that the affordable housing programme would speed up economic growth of Abuja and reduce the strain on the present housing stock, adding that he is encouraged by the involvement of Millard Fuller Foundation in the project.
He said the administration would monitor the execution of the project and ensure that the developer gets the necessary support to help realise the objective of the programme.
The National Director of Millard Fuller Foundation, Sam Odia, assured that over the next three years the developer would build 5,000 housing units in an Estate to be called Eyolo Housing Estate in Mamusa District, adding that the urban poor and low-income earners would be their primary target.