By Tochukwu Maxwell
Zvecan Consulting and Engineering Limited, a Nigerian firm, has entered into a partnership deal with the Federal Government and a Chinese firm, Wengfu Company Limited, to build 5,000 housing units under the Federal Integrated Staff Housing, FISH, programme.
Speaking at affordable housing summit in Abuja weekend, Managing Director of Zvecan Consulting, Mr. Nicholas Ogbedo, said the project would be financed by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN and would be located at Apo, Kubwa and Mpape districts of Abuja.
He stated that the company, which had already commenced the construction of some of the housing units, had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF, for the off take of the apartments when completed.
He lamented that presently, a large population of low and middle income earners live as squatters in semi-planned settlements, commuting for hours to and from the city centre daily with attendant stress coupled with environmental hazards.