FCTA plans 30,000-unit workers’ housing scheme
Pressed by accommodation shortage, members of staff of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will soon heave a sigh of relief as the administration plans to construct over 30,000 housing units in Karshi area of the territory.
The projects will be handled by the FCT Satellite Towns Development Department and developed through a partnership with the Family Homes Fund (FHF).
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who made the disclosure during the assessment tour of the project in Karshi, promised that the developers would hasten the realization of the project in the shortest possible time.
The minister noted that at the completion of the project, employees of the FCT administration would be more committed to duty, stressing that they will also have ownership of the houses.
According to Dr. Aliyu, “the Karshi tour is to assess the affordable housing project designed for the staffs of the FCTA/FCDA. The FCT Administration is committed to affordable housing as mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that there is a provision for affordable housing for indigenous people and residents of the FCT across the six area councils.
“Practically, we are ready to trade-off and do the needful. We have assessed the whole place to ensure that all the infrastructure is in place and to ensure that the houses are truly affordable and structures are qualitative.
“We came out with our development partnersand FHF. We have over 30,000 staff waiting already, and we are set to proceed. As for the takeoff, it is as soon as now, but the COVID-19 pandemic, which is not peculiar to us but a global pandemic really slow down the pace of development.
“By and large, it is never too late. The developers are also giving us a time frame to expedite action on the project. And quality and affordability as the name implies matters to us.
“The population of FCT staffs without credible house is alarming, so if we want adequate concentration for our staffs, then we have to provide them with good accommodation. These housing facilities will encourage them to do more, give them sense of ownership in the territory. This will boost their standard of living”.
Speaking, the Director of Housing, FCT Satellite Towns Development Development, Usman Isyaku Bala, an architec, maintained that the project would be completed within 24 months, adding that modalities are in place to ensure that workers of the administration are beneficiaries of the scheme.
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