MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday laid foundation for the construction of 500 mass housing units encompassing roads, drainages, school and shopping complex near the state University in Maiduguri.
The governor gave a committee, headed by the Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, six months to reach advance level or complete the estate; and also indicated readiness to release sufficient funds to the committee.
The 500 houses will be sited in two places: a bigger estate of 300 units near the university on Maiduguri-Damaturu- Kano road and 200 on Maiduguri-Gubio road.
Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony, Zulum stressed that the estate is expected to reduce gaps in housing deficit caused by increased population especially in the capital city.
“There is rise in cost of rent and acquisition of houses, a situation which forces some residents to resort to shanty settlements with attendant environmental hazards at the periphery of the city.
“The policy thrust of this administration is the provision of affordable houses for low/middle level income households in urban/rural areas through the implementation of policies and programmes that will ensure sustainable development,” he said.
Zulum had on November 20, 2019, inaugurated a 20-member high powered committee, which had public and private persons, amongst them professionals in various construction fields.
The Committee Chairman, Kadafur, pledged on behalf of all members, their commitment to hard work, prudent use of resources, while paying attention to standard.