Borno State government is set to build additional 1,700 housing units across the state this year to alleviate accomodation problems of residents, particularly of Maiduguri, the state capital.
Commissioner of Housing and Rural Electrification, Alhaji Sugun Mai Mele, who disclosed this, said 1,200 units of houses will be built in Maiduguri, while 20 units will also be built in each of the 27 local government areas in the state to provide accommodation to government officials posted there on essential duties.
Mai Mele further explained that 1,000 housing units would be sited in two locations in the state capital, while the remaining 200 units will be built to provide accommodation for officials of the Joint Task Force (JTF), who are presently occupying the 1,000 housing units completed by the previous administration in the state.
“Governor Kashim Shettima has approved the construction of another. 1,000 housing unit that will be sited along Pompomari and Damboa road respectively to ease the problems of housing in the Maiduguri metropolis, while another 200 has been approved to be sited near the trailer park to provide accommodation for the JTF officials who are currently occupying the completed 1,000 housing unit; we intend to move them to the 200 housing unit after completion so that we can give out the completed 1000 to the intended beneficiaries,” he stated.
The commissioner added that his ministry has secured approval for the electrification of Guzamala, Shuwari, Gashigar viallges even as the Abadam, a border town’s electrification that was tapped from the republic of Niger has since been completed.
He further disclosed that the state government is considering an ambitious electrification project via solar power energy, noting that contacts have been made with some German Solar company who had already submitted proposals to that effect. “Currently Borno State is managing a total number of 1,546 solar panels that power our street lights all over the state.
They could be expensive because each one costs N300,000, but if the Germans give us a good bargain, as requested by the governor, we will soon be into the solar project,” he said.