Bello com­mis­sions 300 Abuja hous­ing units

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - By Mu­likatu Mukaila

Min­is­ter of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), Malam Muham­mad Musa Bello has com­mis­sioned 300 af­ford­able hous­ing units and per­formed foun­da­tion lay­ing for the devel­op­ment of more hous­ing units at the Kaba District along Kubwa road.

The min­is­ter, who was rep­re­sented by the FCT per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Dr. Ba­batope Ajakaiye said that there was “no hous­ing deficit in Abuja, but there is deficit in af­ford­able hous­ing. Go ev­ery­where, you see es­tates locked up, and fan­ci­ful es­tates that peo­ple can­not af­ford to buy.”

He said as for the new houses one bed­room costs N6mil­lion , two bed room starts from N10mil­lion to N12mil­lion, ad­ding that it is af­ford­able.

“With the help of the Fed­eral Mort­gage Bank that we give our civil ser­vants loan and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Staff Hous­ing Loan Board is there for our civil ser­vants to ac­cess loans and be able to af­ford this. So, these are the kinds of things we are ask­ing peo­ple to do, not to build houses that are not af­ford­able.

“FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion em­barked on the project to give teeth to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s ef­forts in tack­ling hous­ing deficit in the coun­try and en­sur­ing good shel­ter for all, as one of the ba­sic needs of life,” he said.

He said that the is­sue of empty plots has be­come a thing of the past in the ter­ri­tory as phases I to III of the city has been fully al­lo­cated “while what re­mains of phases IV and V is all we have cur­rently. Con­se­quently, the FCTA is em­pha­siz­ing al­lo­ca­tions to groups and in­sti­tu­tions as well as high-rise de­vel­op­ments to use the few spa­ces re­main­ing to ben­e­fit the great­est num­ber.”

On the is­sue of pri­vate de­vel­op­ers tak­ing land for mass hous­ing and sell­ing it, he said: “That has stopped. That is why the min­is­ter has sus­pended mass hous­ing al­lo­ca­tion. We are sort­ing out all these, talk­ing to de­vel­op­ers.

“The era of where peo­ple take land and sell is over. Now, you don’t take land and re­ceive ti­tle. If you want to de­velop now, you have lease agree­ment for devel­op­ment. It is when we know that you are se­ri­ous, may be up to three years that we start talk­ing about giv­ing you ti­tle. So ev­ery­thing is re­struc­tured now. It is not like be­fore.”

Photo: Bamigbala Adekola

A build­ing at Al­fred Re­wane Street, La­gos.

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