No fewer than 1,247 companies have applied and collected various documents for mass housing projects in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, made the disclosure while reviewing the activities of the sector, recently.
He disclosed that all the companies, who are prospective developers, had been issued mass housing guidelines and other documents on payment of the non-refundable fees just as the companies also paid non-refundable processing fees to ascertain their level of seriousness.
Mohammed disclosed that out of these companies, 475 had submitted their documents for evaluation, while 416 of them were new applicants, while a batch of 63 companies that had submitted documents for evaluation had been forwarded to the FCT Legal Services Secretariat for Due Diligence at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC); adding that “this brings to a total of 416 companies that are undergoing the mandatory legal search”.
The minister further stated that an in-house ad-hoc committee constituted to audit mass housing sites had completed its job and submitted its report to the FCT administration.
“Based on this report as well as previous report of the Architect Reuben Okoya’s committee on mass housing scheme, a comprehensive brief would soon be sent to the federal government.”
The minister also revealed that the review of the engineering infrastructure design for four districts, namely Mabushi, Kado, Gwarinpa I and Durumi was on-going.
Meanwhile, the administration said it has has earmarked about 16 districts in the federal capital city for mass housing projects.
This is to reduce housing deficit in the FCT.
The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed disclosed this while receiving the board members of the proposed American Hospital and University of Medical Services Abuja, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.