Committee gets 6 months as Zulum begins 500 housing estate
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Wednesday laid foundation for the construction of an estate of 500 mass houses encompassing roads, drainages, school and shopping complex near the state university in Maiduguri.
The governor gave a committee, headed by the deputy governor, Umar Kadafur, six months to reach advance level or even complete the estate. That indicated readiness to release sufficient funds to the committee.
The 500 houses will be sited in two places: a bigger estate of 300 units near the university on Maiduguri-Damaturu- Kano road and 200 on Maiduguri-Gubio road.
Zulum, speaking at the foundation laying ceremony, stressed that the estate is expected to reduce gaps in housing deficit caused by increased population especially in the capital city.
There is rise in cost of rent and acquisition of houses, a situation to forcing some residents to resort to shanty settlements with attendant environmental hazards at the periphery of the city.
“The policy thrust of this administration is the provision of affordable houses for low/middle level income households in urban/rural areas through the implementation of policies and programmes that will ensure sustainable development” Zulum added.
The Governor had on November 20, 2019 inaugurated a 20-member high powered committee, which had public and private persons, amongst them professional in all kinds of construction.
The Committee chairman, the deputy governor, pledged on behalf of all members, their commitment to hard work, prudent use of resources and attention to standard.