FG Committed To Provision Of Houses For Nigerians, Says Ashafa
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Federal Housing Authority and Chairman Board of Directors, FHA Mortgage Bank, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, has said federal government is committed to the provision of housing for all class of nigerians.
Ashafa said this during the unveiling of Express View Estate, a partnership between Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank (FHAMB) and Mixta Africa in Lugbe, Abuja.
Fielding questions from journalists on the much bandied 17 million housing deficit in Nigeria, Ashafa noted that there was no actual empirical data to back the housing deficit figures.
Ashafa said “What the Minister of Works and Housing have been saying right from onset, was that we have not been able to come up with specific deficit figure. However, if you look at the project we are embarking on now, are we going to count the units as part of the houses in existence? What about the number of unoccupied houses everywhere, are we counting them?
“If you go round, you will see a lot of unoccupied houses, due to the cost put on them by the developers and the negative effect of the present economic realities”.
On the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in tackling housing deficit, he said “We know we have a lot of work to do but the Buhari APC administration is doing a lot to ensure that we reduce the number of Housing deficit in the country”
Continuing, the Managing Director said “ In all the states of the federation, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing have been able to complete some estates, while others are nearing completion.
It is part of the promise and manifesto of our party and promise of President Muhammadu Buhari. So, we are presently providing a number of houses for the low, medium and upper income earners depending on the need and locations”
He announced that the 764 units of Mass Affordable Housing Scheme in Zuba, Abuja would soon be completed and ready for commissioning.
NewsBeatng reports that the Express View Estate is partnership with MIXTA AFRICA. Sitting on about 1.5 hectares of land, the project is expected to deliver about 58 terrace duplexes of 3 bedrooms, serviced with Standard Infrastructure.
Congratulating MIXTA Africa on their choice to partner FHA, Sen. Ashafa expressed hope that they would deliver a functional Estate, while he promised a sustained partnership with the company.
“This is the beginning of many good things between us. As you are finishing with this, other ones would follow” Senator Ashafa said.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, FHA Mortgage Bank, Hayatudeen Awwal expressed delight at the choice of MIXTA Africa for the project.
According to him, the entire project will be funded to deliver houses with ease. We carefully selected the partners. We would have commissioned the project but the mast on the plot of land delayed the process.
In his remarks, the Executive Director Legal for Mixta Africa, Ugochukwu Ndubuisi said the partnership was a welcome development as Mixta Africa takes pride in building communities.
“We have built properties in Lagos, Port Harcourt and now, we are in Abuja and we will use the Express View Estate project in Lugbe to showcase our capability. We will complete this project on time and move to other ones”, he concluded.
The Director, Mixta Africa, Sade Hughes in expressing delight at the partnership, said that as leaders in housing development in Africa, the company decided to expand their business to Nigeria, with this partnership with Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank, a subsidiary of FHA.