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Niger state governor accomplishes housing projects

Added on 17th Jun 2014 ⋅ Posted in - New housing Projects
Before the advent of the Muazu Babangida Aliyu administration in 2007, affordable housing was not within the reach of the common man in Niger State.

Accommodation in the four major cities of the state namely, Minna, the state capital; Bida; Suleja and Kontagora was expensive.
A two-bedroom flat went as high as N250,000 while a three-bedroom apartment went for between N300,000 and N350,000. A room and a parlour or self-contained flat was rented out for between N100,000 and N150,000, depending on the location and the facilities therein.

Governor Aliyu, when he took over the mantle of leadership, said his target was to build 5000 housing units in the state with more attention on the four major towns.
To many people, it was a political statement which they thought could never be accomplished due to unfulfilled promises by previous administrations.
Today, the 500 housing units, comprising of 2-3 bedroom bungalows and named after General M.I Wushishi in Minna, have been completed at a cost of over N1.8 billion and occupied mostly by civil servants.

Also in Minna, another set of 750 units of two-three bedroom flats built at a cost of over N1.6 billion and named Talban Housing Units have been completed and lucky buyers have started moving in.
Another set of 254 bungalows in Bida built at a cost of about N900 million and named Aliyu Makama Housing Estate is almost completed.
A similar project of 500 units are also going in Kontagora.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government is also constructing another 1000 housing units of 2-3 bedroom bungalows at Zariawa Housing Estate in Suleja under its public private partnership arrangement.
Niger State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Dr. Peter Saleh Sarki, in an interview, said out of the 2000 units planned for the state, the Federal Government is expected to deliver 1000 units while the remaining is expected to be delivered by the state government.

The project, according to him, will cost N6billion. The 1000 to be built by the state government will be built at the new Minna Airport City, pointing out that 150 of the units in different categories have already been delivered.
???The houses are being sold to civil servants and members of the public at N6.5m for a 3-bedroom detached bungalow; N4m for a two-bedroom bungalow and N7.5m for a 4-bedroom bungalow???, Sarki said.

He explained that the private developer handling the state part of the project had invested N4 billion while the infrastructure being provided by the state government will cost N2 billion.
???Already, compensation for the 1000 hectres of land acquired by the state government for the federal housing project had been paid and I assure you that the 2000 units will be completed, December, this year???, the commissioner declared.

Governor Aliyu, recently, said his commitment towards the housing projects was borne out of the knowledge that the people of the state deserve affordable and decent housing and that the vision 3:2020 of his administration to become one of the three leading states in the country economically and in others spheres of life can only be achieved with the provision of decent and affordable housing for ???would be investors??? and people of the state.

The Chief Servant assured them that his administration was ready to assist civil servants on mortgage facilities through the National Housing Fund (NHF) and the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, (FMBN) just as he called on civil servants to seize the opportunity to own their own houses.

The I.M. Wushishi project, which was the first housing units to be completed, had the private partners investing over N1.8billion while government invested N50m to provide a 20-bed hospital in the estate while a block of three classrooms was built at a cost of N6m.
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