President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned 76 housing units comprising of 48 units of 2 bedroom, 24units of 3 bedroom and 4 units of 1bedroon bungalows in Gombe, the Gombe State capital.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations Unit, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Stephen Kilebi on Friday, May 13, 2022.
According to the statement, the Housing Estate located at Western Bye – Pass, Gombe, Gombe State, was built under the National Housing Programme (NHP) and commissioned by the President yesterday.
It further stated that, President Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim said the completion and commissioning of the Housing Estate was in line with his promises during his presidential campaigns.
Buhari also revealed that his administration has been able to redeem the unfulfilled promises made by past administrations 28 years ago to provide houses for each member of the Super Eagles who performed gallantly at the African Cup of Nations in 1994, adding that the fulfilment was better late than never.
He commended Gombe State Government for allocating the land to the Federal Government without collecting fee to enable his administration provide affordable housing units for Nigerians.
Speaking earlier, the Governor of Gombe State, Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manasseh Jato, commended the Federal Government for providing houses to the residents of Gombe State to cushion the effect of its overstretched houses.
He said that Gombe State being a peaceful state has attracted influx of foreigners to settle in it and this has overstretched the housing facilities available.
Jato assured the Federal Government that Gombe State would be willing to support the Federal Government in actualising the laudable policy in the state and the country.
In his remark at the event, Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola,SAN, who was represented by the Zonal Director, National Housing Programme, North East Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Arc. Usman Bashir, said that said a similar project was replicated in 34 states of the federation in line with the administration’s pledge to ensure adequate housing for Nigerians.
Explaining how the citizens can access the houses, the Minister said ” We have offered all these housing units to members of the general public in a non-discriminatory way to ensure that those interested are not inhibited by any artificial obstacles and allocations will be made on the basis of those who apply and pay on first come , first served basis.”
In his remarks, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Bashir Nura Alkali, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr. Dunoma Ahmed, said that it was a programme rolled out by the government of President Buhari to provide acceptable and affordable housing for Nigerians as well as address the housing deficit bedeviling the nation.
Alkali said, “The National Housing Programme is promoting local content in line with the Executive Orders 3 and 5. The use of available local building materials in the National Housing Programme (NHP) has stimulated the economy through the production and use of the materials.”
His Royal Highness, the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, represented by Alhaji Hakeem Jaro Mohammed, commended the Federal Government for providing houses for the people of Gombe State through the National Housing Programme.
Infrastructures in the housing estate include: well laid out internal roads and drainages, a central borehole with overhead tanks to guarantee constant supply of water for the residents and provision of electricity.