The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) is set to enter into a partnership deal with the Kogi State government in the development of houses for the people of the state.
Under the deal, Kogi State is expected to provide land in Lokoja and funds for development of infrastructure in the estate while the FHA will facilitate the design and building of the houses, and upon completion the state government will take over the houses commensurate with its equity contribution.
Managing Director, FHA, Mr. Terver Gemade, noted at a meeting with the Kogi State Governor, Alh. Ibrahim Idris in Lokoja, that the proposal is in recognition of the strategic location of Lokoja as a gateway to the Federal Capital Territory and the desire by the FHA to participate in the development of the state.
Gemade told the governor that FHA requires about 300 hectares of land to develop a new housing estate, while asking for his assistance in resolving the issues surrounding its old site of about 100 hectares along Lokoja-Okene road, which he claimed has been encroached upon by the army.
He said the site was acquired in 1991 and has over 400 houses in various stages of construction on it, claiming that all efforts to resume work on the site has been frustrated by the army formation in the town, which had established a shooting range there.
Idris appreciated the effort of FHA to resume operations in Lokoja and directed the Ministry of Environment and Housing to see to the land request.