By Stanley Onyekwere
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has commenced the development of affordable mass housing estate, aimed at tackling housing deficiency and high cost of accommodation for personnel and other stakeholders in Karu Local government area of Nasarawa state.
The project located in Piyanko, near Karshi, is an initiative of the FCT Command of the NSCDC Corporative Investment and Credit Society ltd of with building prototypes of about 135 units of 3-bedroom bungalows, 3-bedroom duplexes and 4-bedroom duplexes as well as shopping mall facilities with adequate infrastructure.
Performing the ground breaking/foundation laying ceremony for the housing scheme yesterday, the Governor of Nasarawa state, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, described the initiative as laudable as shelter is a basic necessity of mankind.
Sule, who was represented Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Mr. Philip Dada, while noting that the scheme was in tandem with ongoing efforts aimed at tackling housing deficit in the state, a task which the government is determined on achieving.
He added that there are emerging economic activities in the local government areas of the state, which will empower people to participate in the various housing developments that are coming on stream.
According to him: “The level of cooperation between the NSCDC and our development control authorities and other relevant offices are here to lend our support to them, to enable them deliver on the objective.
“ And, although they acquired their own land, the government has marshalled out a rebate for people who have taken such initiatives.”
NSCDC Commandant General, Abdullahi Gana Mohammed, who commended the cooperative for birthing a service based initiative for humanity, encouraged other cooperatives of the Corps across the federation to do something similar, given the importance of housing to humans.
Represented by ACG Augustine Obiekwe, the NSCDC boss however advised managers of the cooperative make their deductions friendly, so that the officers who have keyed into the project will still be able to carry on with their job while paying for the houses
He equally advised those yet to key into the project to also try to subscribe, “because housing is one of the primary needs of man, so to be able to key into this project you have already sorted out one of the problems, which is important to nature. “
Similarly, FCT Commandant and patron of the Cooperative, Mathias Ohiemi, said as the ground breaking has happened, everybody is invited to come and start developing his or her own property, according to the approved plan given by the Nasarawa state authorities.
“People don’t believe that it’s a true project, as they see it as a scam but today from what has happened, people will now see that everything about the estate around Nasarawa state are not fake.
“Civil Defence officers and outsiders are entitled to subscribe to the project. I’m assuring the public especially those who subscribed to the project, that it’s going to be a safe estate, as everything about the land is genuine.
On the possibile rebate for the land, if the government give them any rebate it will support the cooperative in putting some facilities like road network in the estate.
Not left out, President of the Cooperative, Chrisantos Chinedum, said it’s a project that started about ten years ago, but somewhere along the line there was the dilemma of whether it is real or not.
He adds: “However by the reason of what happened today, we have come to announce to the entire world that this project is real, it’s not a scam. Already, some people have started building theirs up to roofing level.