NASARAWA(Power, Works and Housing’ Report) – The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has commended the Millard Fuller Foundation on its pilot housing estate project in Nasarawa State, Nigeria.
The Minister who made this commendation while inspecting the project recently, said that the project availed him the opportunity to access the progress of work done by the Foundation in the housing sector especially in terms of method, materials and designs used in the construction of the houses as well as problems encountered by the Foundation in the course of executing the project.
Babatunde Raji Fashola noted that the estate lacked access roads, infrastructures and alternative route that could open up the area in order to support other private businesses, he stated that the Federal Government would liaise with the Nassarawa State government to address these issues.
The National Director of the Foundation, Sam Odia, said that they are targeted at low income earners whose monthly take homes are between N30, 000 and N70, 000; he revealed that the estate comprises of 200 studio apartments (expandable to 1-bedroom) and 200 1-bedroom (expandable to 2-bedroom) apartments, the 400 housing units would be sold to first time home buyers at owner – occupier basis at N8, 500 per month with long term mortgage.
He said that the Foundation’s major challenge is funding despite the fact that the foundation enjoys the support of some foreign donors.