From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has flagged off the construction of a total of 3,600 housing units with each of the state’s 17 local government areas benefitting.
Speaking during the occasion, the governor stated that the houses would be built in two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments and that each of three-bedroom unit would occupy 800 square meters of land while each two-bedroom unit will be allocated 600 square meters of land.
He noted that the payment of compensation for land acquired for the execution of the project which is currently being assessed would be shouldered by Family Homes Funds Limited.
“We also plan for schools, health facilities, places of worship, police outposts, fire service stations, mini-markets and children’s playgrounds to be provided within the housing units,” the governor said.
He stressed, however, that his administration, while pursuing the project would adopt a Yobe first policy, with strongly emphasis on local content and local resources to deliver on its development effort.
He urged the state housing and property development corporation and the state ministry of land and housing to effectively supervise the contractors that would handle the project and equally urged the contractors and suppliers to ensure modest and competitive pricing so that all materials needed are sourced or supplied locally within the state with the objective to ensure that businesses would benefit and prosper, the local economy be boosted, and more job opportunities will be created.