By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of measures to tackle housing deficit, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has reiterated resolve to build at least 5,000 affordable housing units for workers and other Nigerians residing in the Territory.
Bello, who made this disclosure during an inspection visit of the ongoing NLC/TUC Mass Housing Estate at the Apo District of the Federal Capital Territory, said the provision of affordable housing for workers was one of the cardinal objectives of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration.
The FCT Minister specifically stated that President Buhari has mandated the FCTA to build at least 5,000 affordable housing units for workers and other Nigerians residing in the nation’s capital city.
According to him, the prime location of the 3,600 unit Civil Service Housing Estate, was carefully selected by the FCDA to ensure accessibility via a proposed 10 lane ultra-modern expressway that would pass near the estate, going all the way down to Gwagwalada.
The Minister assured that the key issues of infrastructure provision will also be addressed by the FCDA to ensure the speedy completion of the project.
According to the Minister, “I am speaking the mind of Mr. President that housing, especially for workers, is a very important cardinal objective of this administration and this kind of project will meet that objective.
“President Muhammadu Buhari all his life has always been a man of the people and most of those that voted for him were the workers, the farmers and the petty traders. So, I came in here this morning with the President of the NLC to come and see the NLC/TUC Housing Estate under construction.
“Obviously you can see it’s in a very prime location. Substantial work has been done and I’m very confident that the challenges will be surmounted. Even my humble self as Minister, part of the mandate given to me is to ensure that we build 5,000 houses and we are working towards that. So, this is good and is commendable. There are challenges but by the grace of God, we will surmount the challenges,” Bello said.