Akwa Ibom governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel yesterday performed the groundbreaking for the construction of 100 housing units for civil servants at Ikot Ntuen, Nsit Ibom local government area of the state.
The housing project, under the National Affordable Housing Delivery Programme (NAHDEP), is anchored by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FCMB) in collaboration with the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), Trade Union Congress(TUC) and the Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association(NECA).
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Emmanuel, who was represented by the head of the State Civil Service (HoS), Mrs Ekereobong Akpan, said the state government was glad to witness the fulfillment of the long-awaited dream of affordable housing for workers under the FCMB Housing Scheme.
According to him, the government has been contributing to the National Housing Fund since 1995 without anything to show for its many years of contributions.
The governor stated that the groundbreaking for the construction of the 100 housing units was in line with his administration’s commitment to providing shelter for workers in the state.
To this end, he disclosed that his administration has set aside N1million under the House Renovation Loan scheme for workers in the state.
Emmanuel thanked the minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN for choosing Akwa Ibom as one of the pilot states in the South-South region to benefit from the housing scheme, and expressed confidence that the project would be completed in 8 months.
Managing director/chief executive of FCMB, Ahmed Dangiwa said 1,400 housing units would be delivered across the six geo political zones of the country under the first phase of the scheme.
Dangiwa said, “Each zone will have 200 houses with 100 units in two selected states. Abuja and Lagos are treated as special sites. Akwa Ibom is lucky to be one of the 2 states picked in the South-South geo political zone largely due its commitment to the NHF scheme amongst other reasons.”
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