National Housing Programme: In Tandem with the LOCAL CONTENT POLICY
The National Housing Programme (NHP) Project Team Leader in Enugu State, Architect. Tina Eneh, has revealed that the Policy on local content of the Federal Government has started yielding result, saying that except the locks fixed on the doors, all other materials , as well as, personnel at the Enugu site of NHP, are locally sourced.
The Team Leader, said this in Enugu while receiving the Minister of State I for Power, Works and Housing, Hon Mustapha Baba Shehuri, who was on working tour of sites under the National Housing Programme (NHP) in the South- East geo-political zone.
Earlier in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, the Minister had called on the Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to intervene in a land dispute between the Federal Government and the Federal University of Technology, (FUTO) ,which is threatening the scheduled delivery of houses under the NHP, in the State.
He stated that a total number of 68 houses are presently under construction, which comprises 16 units of three-bedroom flats, 28 two-bedrooms and a three-storey condominium block of 4 units of one-bedroom, 16 of two-bedroom and 4 of three-bedroom.
The Minister, having expressed his concern over the slow pace of work at the site in Owerri, promised that government will pay the contractors their money as at when due, while urging the contractors to put in more efforts in order to deliver within agreed time frame.
Similarly, in Anambra State, the Minister assured the government and the good people of the State of Federal Government’s readiness to complete all on-going projects including those started by previous Administrations.
The Minister also appreciated the government and the people of Anambra for making land available for the project, adding that the NHP, in the State, comprises of 3 blocks of 3 storey condominium block of 24 units (1bedroom-4 units, 2 bedroom-18units, 3bedroom -4units) He reiterated that the project being one of the campaign promises of the present Administration, the Federal Government will do all that is necessary to provide Nigerians with affordable houses and gainful employment.
In his Welcome Address, the Governor of Anambra State who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Osita Chukwulobelu, expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government for finding Anambra worthy of this laudable project, promising that the state government would do the needful in providing accessible road to the construction site. He enjoined the Federal Government not to abandon the project as it will add value to the economic prosperity of the state, adding that the commercial activities of the host community will be highly enhanced.
While in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Hon. Shehuri urged the state Governor, Egnr. David Umahi to expedient action on the release of Letters of Exchange for National Housing Programme’s land and that of the Federal Secretariat.