President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Gombe state government for donating land free of charge to the Federal Government for the actualization of its housing policy project in the state.
The president made the commendation at the commissioning of Phase One Housing Project under the National Housing Programme (NHP) in Gombe.
The project situated at the Western Bye-pass, in the metropolis consists of seventy-six housing units made up of forty-eight units of 2 bedroom bungalows, twenty-four units of 3(three) bedroom bungalows, and four units of one(1) bedroom bungalow.
President Buhari said the provision of houses to the citizenry has been pivotal because of its importance as a prerequisite for livelihood enjoyment.
Represented by the Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Pantami, President Muhammadu Buhari explained that the Housing Project was in line with his administration’s commitment to providing housing to its citizens because shelter is number one after every other thing.
While appreciating the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for delivering the project, he recalled how he fulfilled a promise made by another administration to the Super Eagle’s Players as far back as 28 years after which, made the players and/or their relations owned houses in any state of their choices across the country.
He said, the peaceful nature of Gombe State, coupled with its centrality in the North East, and its cosmopolitan nature have made land very expensive but the Federal and State Governments have paid some percentages making the cost highly subsidized and affordable.
President Buhari, therefore, called on anyone interested to go online, indicate interest and obtain the houses for their use.
In his remark, the Governor of Gombe State, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya commended the Federal Government for executing the housing project in Gombe State for the benefit of residents in the state.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, the Governor also applauded the laudable housing project by the Federal Government, pointing out that it will help in easing problems of accommodation where almost every Infrastructure has been overstretched due to the influx of people from different states of the North East and other parts of the country witnessing crises.
Governor Inuwa explained that the importance of accommodation can not be overemphasized as people without shelter are exposed to all types of hazards, adding that it is because of its importance that State Development Goals (SDG11) targets that by 2030 there should be able to access adequate, safe, and affordable housing and services and upgrade slums, which according to him is just eight years from now.
Also speaking during the commissioning, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola said, the Federal Government has through the Ministry and with the help of the states delivered in thirty-four states of Nigeria.
Represented by the Zonal Director North East, Arch. Usman Bashir, the Minister said, the project is the outcome of a National Survey conducted by the Ministry of Works and Housing to find out the type of houses Nigerians desired, stating that the survey revealed a prevalent need for bungalows in the North and flats in the Southern part of Nigeria.
He added that they have offered the housing units to members of the general public in a nondiscriminatory way by opening the National Housing Portal to ensure that those interested are not inhibited by any artificial obstacle and allocations are being made based on those who apply and pay on a first-come, first-served.
The ministry explained that, while they welcome those who can afford to pay outright, it is not a condition for eligibility and they have offered flexible payment options like mortgages and rent to own which they encourage applications to pursue.
Source: radio Nigeria northeast