By Yinka Kolawole
The Federal Government is fully committed to the provision of affordable housing for Nigerians, in partnership with private investors.
Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Nduese Essien, reaffirmed government’s commitment while on an inspection tour on housing projects being built under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme in Abuja.
Essien remarked that he embarked on the inspection tour to ascertain the extent of development and to see first hand what needed to be done to fast-track the completion of the projects.
“The ministry is partnering with 5 private sector organizations namely: Hydraform Engineering Limited, with an allocation of 15 hectares. The firm is to develop 114 housing units and has already completed 111 units with water treatment plant already installed.
“There are also DN Meyer Plc, on an allotment of 7.3 hectares and has completed 89 units out of the number of 114 expected and Opinior Engineering Co. Ltd, operating on 8.0 hectares to develop 200 housing unit; Nigerian Air Force Foundation, operating on 15 hectares to develop 150 units,” he said.
The minister promised that the Ministry would critically examine all the issues raised by the partners in order to ensure speedy completion of the projects. “We will deliver on these projects including others that we will embark upon so that we can bridge the wide housing gap which today exists in this sector.
This process will continue, and my visit is to spur the contractors to speed up work on the projects which we will be commissioning by the end of the year”. It will be recalled that the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development was established in April 2010 to drive government’s efforts to focus on the issue of provision of affordable housing for Nigerians,” Essien stated.
It would be recalled the housing minister, had earlier in the year, revealed plans by the Federal Government to deliver 54,500 new houses with each senatorial district getting 500 units of houses nationwide within 10 months.
He explained that federal government would do every thing possible to realize the laudable programme, adding “no contract will be awarded without passing through the necessary crucibles of the law.
Contractors and service providers, who had failed to deliver in the past, will not be considered under this dispensation.”
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development was established, as an autonomous ministry, in April 2010 to drive government’s efforts to provision of affordable housing for Nigerians.