The national housing deficit has been marginally reduced with the commissioning, last week, of a 240-unit FHA housing estate extension in the Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The 3_bedroom bungalows purposefully built for medium income earners are extension of similar ones in Lugbe, a suburb of the FCT.
Minister of State for Works, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre, said at the commissioning ceremony held at the estate site that the country is grappled with a huge housing deficit estimated at about 16 million units, addingÂ that the number of people requiring housing accommodation in the urban
centres and rural areas daily outpace the rate of production of houses.
Ekpiwhre noted that housing is one of the indices by which national development can be measured, adding that the days of massive wholly funded housing projects that â€œdo nothing other than provide job for the boys and easy money for the corrupt-minded will not return, at least in the life span of the present administration.â€
Also speaking at the event, Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Mr. Terver Gemade, said that with the estate commissioning, it has reduced the national housing deficit by 240 units.
He said that the estate was designed to create an atmosphere of comfort and decency, noting that the FHA has provided an independent water supply station comprising two boreholes and water treatment plant, 175,000 litres surface tank, 80,000 litres overhead plant on 8m stanchion which has enough capacity to provide drinking water to World Health Organisation standard and 22KVA generator set to make the estate a unique one.