The Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC] is collaborating with Kriston Lally EPC company to deliver a total of 60,000 housing units to Nigerian workers across the country before the end of this year, Alhaji Madawaki, the company’s Managing Director, has disclosed.
Madawaki, whose company is partnering with NLC, at a press conference revealed that the company has set aside funds to build a total of 25,000 housing units in Lagos state, 5000 units in Abuja, 25,000 units in Abuja in the first and second phases of the project 5,000 units in River state and 5,000 units in Imo state.
Alhaji Madawaki, who spoke on behalf of the NLC explained that the project became necessary, he said, was to join hands with federal government to deliver a total of 1million houses to Nigeria.
According to him, “What government means is that it will create a favourable environment to private sector developers to build that number of houses because it is no longer fashionable for governments to build houses for the people but rather in partnership with the private sector”.
He explained the federal government’s programme of providing housing for all under the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation agenda is being carried out in partnership with the private sector and international private estate developers.
“The funding for the entire projects has been secured, we have no problems at all with funding, my challenge is to start drawing from the funds now lying ide in the banks”, he said
He noted that when each private developer gives the number of housing units he will build, “the government would add up all these units of houses into its database to arrive at the number of houses projected for year”.
He maintained that what government needed to do was to provide the enabling environment for us to build.
He implored the federal and state government especially the FCT administration to assist them in providing sufficient land to enable them provide houses for the workers.
He assured that all prospective landlords who have keyed into the NLC-Kriston LaLly affordable housing project by paying their 10 percent cost of their choice homes in December this year.