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Renewed Hope Agenda: Nasarawa gets 250  housing units in Lafia

Renewed Hope Agenda: Nasarawa gets 250  housing units in Lafia

By Faith Awa Maji 

The Federal Government has inaugurated the construction of 250 units housing estate for civil servants under the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu, in Azuba community of Lafia Local Government Area (LGA) of Nasarawa State.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday in Shabu community of Lafia, Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa, Minister of Housing and Urban Development said that the estate will include 50 one-bedroom, 150 two-bedroom, and 50 three-bedroom semi-detached bungalows. 

The Minister noted that the houses are designed in a way that the owners can expand them in future as their incomes grows and their revenue increases. 

Dangiwa explained that the event was a continuation of the nationwide ground-breaking exercise under the Renewed Hope cities and estates programme of the ministry that the president inaugurated in February with the commissioning of a 3,112-housing unit in Karsana, Abuja.

The Renewed Hope Cities and Estates project is an initiative of the President Tinubu administration to bridge the housing gaps in the country, with the aim to deliver 50,000 housing units nationwide under the Phase 1 of the project.

He said the Renewed Hope Cities are designed to have between 500-1,000 housing units per site in one location in each of the six geopolitical zones in the country and the Federal Capital Territory, while the Renewed Hope Estates will have 250 units per site in the remaining 30 states.

“Nasarawa is the 12th state we are doing the ground-breaking and our plan is to have all of them completed within the next couple of months and made available to Nigerians in line with Mr. President’s desire to provide quality housing for all Nigerians.

He explained that the funding for the phase one of the projects was from the N50 billion 2023 supplementary budget of the ministry.

He further said that the other states not covered under the 2023 supplementary budget would be included in the 2024 Budget, on first-come-first-serve basis if they provide land at no cost.

This initiative aims to address social inequality by offering various affordable ownership options, including single-digit, up to 30-year mortgage loans from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, rent-to-own schemes, and outright purchases for high-income earners.

He said that the site would generate more than 6000 direct and indirect jobs for the indigenes of the state and therefore, urged the developers to keep the specifications and deliver a quality work within three months.

“This government has zero tolerance for uncomplicated projects, so you must deliver this project within three months,” Dangiwa added.

In his remarks, Alh. Usman Osidi, Managing Director (MD), Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria said that they would remain committed toward achieving the renewed hope agenda of the federal government in the housing sector.

On his part, Governor Abdullahi Sule said he was happy for being part of the groundbreaking event aimed at addressing the housing deficit in the state and the country.

Sule explained that Nasarawa State government had keyed into this laudable initiative of the president, which was why they recently sold government’s quarters to civil servants on owner-occupier basis.

He therefore promised to continue to initiate policies and programmes that would better the working conditions of civil servants as well as members of the public.

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