FHA To Invest N9bn In FCT Mass Housing

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The Federal Housing Authority (FHA) says it will invest N9 billion in the ongoing construction of its Abuja Mass Housing Project of 550 units of houses, located in Zuba, Abuja.
Managing Director of FHA, Prof. Mohammed AI-Amin made this known last Friday while fielding questions from journalists after an inspection of the Zuba pilot scheme construction site, Abuja.
The Tide source reports that the inspection on the 50 percent completed estate was conducted by the FHA Board of Directors, led by the Chairman, Sen. Lawal Shuaibu.
AI-Amin said that for government to encourage affordable houses and off-taking at its completion, none of the houses would be sold above N5 million.
He also said that if interested off-takers would go through government mortgaging system, especially the FHA mortgaging, they would not pay for the housing equity.
“Initially, if you are paying for a house through mortgage system in the country, you will pay 30 per cent equity but government has wiped away the equity to zero equity for houses below N5 million.
“The project started three and half months ago, it is a mixture of one, two and three bedroom flats and a total of 550 units are to be produced and every side is at different stage of construction.
“We are expecting to invest N9 billion in the project.
“We have the money in our account, government has approved and given out the money and we are releasing it according to the details of public procurement act.
“This is not the only place in Abuja that we are doing this, we have opened Kwali, in the next two weeks, and we are opening phase two of Lugbe housing estate for low income earners in Abuja.
He said that another aspect of the project was that the FHA had to know the level of income of off-takers, with a view to ascertain the kind of flat their income could enable them to obtain.
He further said that the authority decided to use affordable building materials to give the houses value and utility deserved.
According to him, locally produced materials are also being used in the housing construction.
AI-Amin noted that the sustainability of the mass housing scheme was very important, adding that in order for off-takers to access the houses, the authority had gone far to mobilise the off-takers.
“For Zuba social housing scheme, we are targeting communities around that area and spare parts dealers and other Nigerians who cannot stay in the heart of Abuja but stay in Zuba.
“Those are the people we have profiled.