To tackle housing deficit in the North East region, the Federal Government has commenced construction of 500 housing units in Bauchi State.
The mass housing project promoted by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) consists of blocks of four units of two-bedroom bungalows with lobby and courtyard.
“Each block sits on 400 square metres and a fence separates the houses. Every unit has kitchen and toilets/bathrooms, and ample space for home living activities.”
Among amenities in the estate is street lights, reticulated water supply system, commercial spaces amongst others. The Managing Director of the Commission, Mohammed Alkali, said that the construction became necessary after the destruction of 500,000 houses out of about four million existing in the region.
He said: “Before the insurgency, there was housing deficit in all the states in the zone. The insurgency further aggravated the situation. In all of this, Borno State being the epicentre of the crisis is worse affected with the largest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“Based on these, the Federal Government in 2019 approved a Special Presidential Interventions in Borno State (SPIB) to ameliorate the situation that displaced communities had found themselves through the construction of 10,000 houses and the establishment of Technical and Vocational Skills Acquisition Centres for the IDPs amongst others,” he said.
Alkali said that the commission has extended the project to five states in the zone by construction of 500 houses in each state.
According to him, the Commission had received approval from the Bauchi State Government for the allocation of 300 plots of land in the state capital, while the balance of 200 houses will be spread among other cities.
Governor Bala Mohammed who flagged off the groundbreaking thanked the Federal Government for approving the project. He said that the state has benefited tremendously from NEDC projects.
Mohammed said the commission has constructed primary schools in each of the 20 local government area, trained youth farmers on agriculture and donated farm inputs like tractors and others.