The National Housing Programme Zonal Director of the North Central Zone, Mr. Julius Olurinola, said that the Federal Government will deploy more resources to boost infrastructural development in the on-going National Housing Programme (NHP) in the North central part of the country. Olurinola was on the inspection tour of the NHP sites in the North Central Zone with other top officials of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing. The Director said that the contract for the infrastructure was awarded to various contractors at the project sites located in Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau States. Some houses at the project site located at Ungwan Rere, Kilometre 10, along Shendam Road, Lafia, Nasarawa State had been completed but waiting for occupancy while others are nearing completion.
The Director said that government had queried three contractors handling the infrastructural projects, which include electricity, water, and road, for delays in execution. He said that the contract would be revoked if the contractors failed to commence work at the sites at the end of a month grace. Olurinola expressed delight that some of the flats in Lafia were completed and waiting to be occupied while some were almost completed. However, the government is yet to come out with the modalities for accessing the housing project but it would soon be opened to all to access.
During the inspection, Gov. Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State also pledged to collaborate with the Federal Government to encourage full participation in the programmes. He was represented by Mr. Aliyu Kuyanbana, Director, Public Buildings in the state Ministry of Works, Housing and Transportation, Almakura commended the initiative aimed at addressing housing deficit in the Nation. Mr. Aliyu said although there is a total package of 19 contractors and 78 housing units, we are asking for more because we have many hectares of land earmarked for Federal Government projects, so the state is ready.
Chief Godwin Obiora, Chairman of the contractors handling the project, noted that the project has benefited many indigenes of the state who worked as artisans at the project site. According to him, initially, there were some challenges, which made us involve security agents and this enhanced the ongoing construction. Obiora noted that all the contractors complied effectively with the use of made in Nigeria building materials to promote local content in the country.
He lauded the government for granting them the contracts, adding that it created jobs for a large number of youths in the state. It could be recalled that the Federal Government set aside N35.4 billion to address the housing needs of its workforce under the NHP in 2018.
Source: The Nation