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FHA targets 100,000 houses in 4 years

Yinka Kolawole
Under a renewed mandate to promote sustainable mass housing in the country, the Federal HousingAuthority (FHA) is set to deliver over 100,000 housing units nationwide within the next four years.

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Managing Director, FHA, Mr. Terver Gemade, said that the authority plans to deliver 14,000 housing units by June 2010 and another 54,000 units between June 2010 and June 2012, while the remaining 38,000 units would be delivered between June 2012 and June 2013.

Speaking through the Executive Director, Estate Services, Engr. Bello G. Issa, during a courtesy visit to the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in Abuja, Gemade said the management of the authority had developed an action plan through which it hoped to fulfill the mandate.

He lamented that the organisation was only able to deliver 34,000 housing units in 76 estates across the country in its 36 years of existence, noting that the dismal performance was due to various challenges such as challenges in land acquisition, dearth of long term funds, mode of construction and inadequate housing infrastructure.

Recognising that a vibrant housing sector as the bedrock of many economies, he said the authority adopted eight delivery models in its bid to overcome the challenges, in order to meet its set target.

These, according to him, are direct development, public-private partnership, public-public partnership, co-operative housing, rental housing, site and services, regeneration, and new town development.

The FHA boss said that the authority, under direct development, will continue its traditional system with the hope of building 2,000 housing units between now and June next year, 6,000 units between June 2010 and June 2012 and 4,000 units between June 2012 and 2013.

In addition, it is expected to deliver 14,000 housing units through public private partnership consisting of 2,500 units between now and June next year, 6,500 units between June next year and June 2012 and 5,000 units in the final year.

He said 4,000 units would be delivered between now and June 2013 under the public-public partnership model, adding that the authority would target the Ministry of the Niger Delta, state and local governments, the police and para-military establishments as well as other ministries, departments and agencies of government.

Under the co-operative housing model, Gemade said 8,000 houses would be built through identified cooperatives in various parts of the country, while no fewer than 25,000 units would be delivered under the Abuja New Town project.

To cater for those who may not have the means to acquire their own houses, he said FHA would within the action plan period build 3,000 units through the Rental Housing Model while additional 2,000 units would be delivered through the regeneration model in the authority’s existing estates.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre, has reiterated the commitment of the federal government to the delivery of one million houses before the end of the Yar’Adua administration in 2011.

She made the declaration during an inspection tour of housing units developed by the FHA  at Lugbe and some on-going housing development built on Public-Private Partnership(PPP) basis at Kuje, both in Abuja. “What we have seen in Kuje and Lugbe is a further demonstration of the commitment of the Federal Government towards ensuring that we bridge the huge housing deficit that is facing this country,” she stated


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