Buhari Will Build 5000 Houses In Every State – Minister Of State For Power

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President Muhammadu Buhari has
promised that his administration
will build 5,000 houses in every
state for public workers every year
over the next three years.

The assurance was made monday
during the ground breaking
ceremony of Nigeria’s first civil
servants housing estate in Apo
Extension, Abuja under the Federal
Integrated Staff Housing (FISH)
programme.

Buhari, who was represented at the
occasion by the Minister of State
for Power, Work and Housing,
Mustapha Baba Shehuri, said his
administration was planning to
recreate more of similar models
across the nation to ease the
accommodation burden being faced
by middle and low earning
workers.

Nigeria has budgeted the sum of
N40 billion on housing this year.
Alread, it is understood that
integrated housing estates will be
developed in Lagos, Bauchi and
Cross River States under Public
Private Partnership (PPP)
arrangement.

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Yesterday’s launching was chaired
by business mogul, Aliko Dangote,
who said his company would widen
the scope of FISH to enable workers
have their own houses by the time
they live service.

The FISH Programme was designed
to provide affordable housing for
public servants through an
integrated strategy involving group
land acquisition, infrastructure
development, inter-ministerial
collaboration, site services and
support from mortgage finance
bank.

The project will be cited on a parcel
of land in Chafuyi Village
measuring 60 hectares and will be
developed through private
partnership led by ABSI Building
Systems International.

The American firm intends to use
half of the land to build low cost
houses for federal civil servants,
while the remaining half will be
used for luxury houses.

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The Permanent Secretary, Common
Services, who is the Chairman of
the project Mr. S.K.Y Adelakun, said
the price limit prices for the low
cost houses are N5 million, N9
million and N12 million for one
bedroom, two bedrooms and three
bed rooms respectively.

“All federal civil servants are
eligible to apply for allocation to
these houses depending on their
ability to pay the equity
contributions required for
mortgage approval and the monthly
repayment their salaries can
accommodate.

It is also a requirement to be a
registered member of FISH
Corporative Society to be eligible,”
Adelakun said.

The scheme was commemorated
with the allocation of 10 houses
each of one bedroom, two
bedrooms and three bedrooms
through open balloting system
supervised by National Lottery
Commission.

Though it was felt that the cost of
the building was beyond the reach
of public workers, Head of Service
of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred
Oyo-Ita, said what was offered for
now was a commercial limit,
adding that prices would crash
through inter ministerial
intervention and giving of loans to
estate developers to bring down the
costs.