By Wole Mosadomi
Minna—The Niger State government is to build another 1,000 units of houses made up of 500 two- bedroom bungalow, 200 three bedroom units, among others, at Maikunkele near Minna and Suleja in the Suleja Local Government Area of the state.
The project, which will cost $60 million, will be handled by an Italian firm, Italworks Nigeria Limited, under the governments Public Private Partnership, PPP, policy.
The state government had embarked on the construction of numerous housing units in Minna, Bida, Suleja and Kontagora zone since it came on board in 2007 to reduce acute problems of accommodation in the state.
Already, Governor Babangida Aliyu had signed the Certificate of Occupancy for the land on which the houses would be constructed, while the construction firm had secured the commitment of some primary mortgage firms and foreign consortium for the funding of the project.
General Manager of the Niger State Housing Corporation, Alhaji Moha-mmed Adamu, said the project was one of the steps being taken by the state government to reduce the housing deficit in most towns in the state.
He said that the government would, under the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed with the construction firm, provide the infrastructure at the two locations in addition to giving the firm all the needed support.