The federal government has tasked contractors handling various housing and road projects across the country to speed up work so as to ensure timely completion and delivery of the projects.
Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs.Grace Ekpiwhre, enjoined contractors at a housing project being developed via Public Private Partnership (PPP) at Barnawa, Kaduna State, to expedite action as, according to her, many people were waiting to buy and move into the houses.
â€œMost of the houses are already sold. That tells you that people are ready and anxious to move in. So I enjoin the developers to hasten the process. Generally, we want to enjoin contractors that as soon as they are awarded government contracts, they should quickly mobilise to site and give adequate attention to the works to ensure that contracts are finished on schedule. This is because every contract has a time schedule, a time-frame for completion. So we enjoin contractors handling government projects nation wide, whether it is in the housing sector or the road sector that they should ensure that contracts are steadily delivered on schedule without compromising standards,â€ she stated.
Four estate developers are involved in the PPP housing projects at the Barnawa site, building 311 units of one- to – three bedroom houses. The developers are Archon Nigeria Ltd, Archistroi Nigeria Limited, Esmot Nigeria Limited, and Kasgama. Several of the houses have been completed while others have attained between 60 percent and 90 percent completion.
The minister commended development at the site, noting:: â€œThe site is very beautiful, because the scene and the topography of the place makes me happy. I am happy that there are different types of houses, depending on the choice of the buyer. They can make choice based on the one they can afford. And, another thing they brought my attention to is the provision of schools, nursery and primary schools for children of residents in the estate. It is particularly very good. Children do not have to go outside the estate. I am very happy about that aspect.â€
Ekpiwhre recalled that upon realising that it could not single-handedly provide housing for the citizenry, government embraced the PPP scheme, by encouraging private developers to bring in their funds and expertise to work hand in hand with government to provide decent houses for Nigerians, expressing optimism that the huge housing deficit would be closed by employing the strategy.
She appealed to Nigerian workers to ensure they contributed to the National Housing Fund (NHF) so that the primary mortgage institutions (PMIs) in the country can derive funds from it for on-lending to deserving workers. â€œEvery where in the world, the issue is how to improve on mortgage facilities. It is only through mortgage that genuine salary earners at any level can acquire their houses,â€ she stated.