Bauchi State government, in collaboration with Family Homes Funds (FHF), has flagged off construction of 2,500 housing units worth N12 billion. The houses target low-income earners in the state.
During the flag-off in Bauchi at the weekend, Governor Bala Mohammed revealed that the houses had been shared across the six emirates of the state.
He said the project would reduce the problem of housing, which was worsened by the influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from other North East states.
Mohammed explained that Bauchi metropolis would be given 1,500 units, Azare in Katagum 350, Misau 250, Ningi 200, Jama’are 100 while Dass got 100.
“We thank the Federal Government for addressing the housing deficit, which has been characteristic of our profile. Let me reiterate here that the Minister of Finance (Zainab Ahmed) is a champion of this programme,” the governor said.
He said the project would run concurrently to be completed within 12 months, as 30 per cent of the N12 billion had been paid to the contractors and subsequent payments would be done as the project progresses.On completion, he added, the president (Muhammadu Buhari) would be invited to grace the commissioning.
However, the governor promised to distribute the houses across party lines, as well as among civil servants, the traditional institution and others.
FHF will fund the project.
According to the Managing Director, Mr. Femi Adewole, FHF is a social housing programme initiated by the Federal Government to provide cheap mortgages for low-income individuals and families across the country.He pleaded with the state government to make the homes more habitable by planting trees, providing good roads, hospitals and other social amenities in the areas.