By Yinka Kolawole
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will render every necessary assistance to a Malaysian investor, Global Formwork Ltd, to help source materials for the completion of the 14,085 housing units project, the Malaysian Gardens, being constructed in Abuja.
FCT Minister, Senator Adamu Aliero, made this pledge while on an official visit to the Malaysian Gardens at Saraji District, Phase III, near Apo in the FCT.
Aliero commended Global Formwork Nig. Ltd for the good job done so far on the project, describing it as the largest private public partnership (PPP) project in Nigeria.
He promised to do everything possible within his powers to address the problems encountered by the company, especially in getting the materials needed for the completion of the project, while also pledging to extend amenities like electricity and water to the estate.
The pledge of support by Aliero is sequel to an appeal made by the Malaysian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Nik Mustapha Kamal, who had called for direct intervention over the sourcing of material needed to speed up the completion of the project.
According to Kamal, sourcing all the building materials for the 14,085 housing units locally could create a shortage that may cause hyper inflation in the country, especially with the very high prices of building materials which barely meet national demands.
The diplomat pleaded that the developers of the Malaysian Gardens be allowed to import some of its building materials requirements, provided they are not on the prohibited list. He described the project as a major collaboration between Nigeria and Malaysia in the area of housing development, and stated that Malaysians regard Nigeria as their second home.
The first set of 1,135 housing units the Malaysian Gardens are expected to be completed and handed over to the owners in October this year.