BY YINKA KOLAWOLE

Delta State government is working with Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) to build owner-occupier housing estates for civil servants in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Housing, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, who disclosed this in Asaba, said the move is part of steps being taken by the state government to improve housing delivery in the state. He also said the government has worked out arrangements to engage private developers under its public private partnership (PPP) programme to meet the housing needs of the people.

Akpeki listed some of the projects completed by his ministry in the past 18 months, dating back to July 2011, to include 14 housing estate projects across the state, the new government house and the new secretariat currently occupied by six ministries. He added that work had also been completed on the state’s government house in Lagos, which would be commissioned in February.

The commissioner further disclosed that that the state’s 15-storey Abuja Towers built at a cost of N3 billion will also be ready for commissioning next month (February). “The Abuja towers, a 15-storey building will serve as administrative office and a guest house to raise revenue for the government,” he said.

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