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Yobe approves N17billion for housing project

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To close the housing gap, Yobe State Executive Council (SEC) has approved N15.96 billion for the completion of 3,600 houses across the state.The housing projects, which are in phases, are sited in 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

While briefing journalists after the council meeting in Damaturu, the Information Commissioner, Abdullahi Bego disclosed that the council approved new contracts with the ratification of three other contracts.

According to him, the awards and ratification of other contracts was to move state forward, despite economic and fiscal challenges.

“The council however, decided that the housing project would be pursued in phases,” adding that in the first phase, 1,800 houses or 50 per cent will be built across the Local Government Areas.”

He said the houses include 701 units of three-bedroom, 324 units of two-bedroom urban design and 775 units of rural building design.On funding housing projects, Bego said: “Funds for construction of 3,600 housing units have been secured from the Federal Ministry of Finance through the Family Homes Finance Limited.”

He added that council also ratified the N1.1 billion for the supply of 50 Toyota Hiace Hummer Buses for the Yobe Transport Services.He noted that most of the fleets of vehicles owned by Government Transport Company are not road worthy for commuting.

He said the procurement has become inevitable to reinvigorate fleet of Yobe Transport Company for efficient service delivery.On other projects to be completed, he said: “Over N409.6 million has been earmarked for the construction of a kilometre road project linking Obasanjo Estate and Mattari ward, Damaturu.

“Three million seedlings are to be raised with the rehabilitation of three nurseries at Nguru, Gashua and Bayamari at N136 million.”


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