Federal Government yesterday assured residents of Ekiti state that the National Housing Project would be completed in April. This was disclosed yesterday in Ado-Ekiti by the South-West Zonal Director, National Housing Project, Mr. Olasunkanmi Dunmoye during an inspection tour of the project situated along Agric Olope area of the state capital.
The housing project, according to him was to cover a total of 70 flats for the first phase, harbouring descriptions such as one bedroom flats two-bedroom flats, three-bedroom flats as well as Semi-Detached Bungalows. He said the project was designed by the Federal Government in 2016 as part of ways to ameliorate the sufferings of poor Nigerians, especially in the area of affordable shelter.
Housing zonal Director explained that more than half of the houses had been achieved 100%, while the remaining are in various stages of completion. He added that the road network project within the environment, including electrification and water provision, had equally reached between 40 and 70% completion stage.
“It was after then that we reached an agreement with the former government who gave us an alternative land at the centre of the state capital where we are presently, but with a condition that we must rehabilitate the Agric Olope access road which we have now done,” he said. Dunmoye said a total of 15 contractors were engaged on site to prosecute the housing project but said no fewer than 1,750 persons were currently employed directly or indirectly on site.
On complaints by some of the contractors that they had not been fully mobilized for jobs already done, the Zonal Director said list of contractors affected would soon be compiled and sent to Abuja for clearance. He, however, frowned at the attitude of some selected contractors for the housing project who had refused to make appearances for the jobs ceded to them, threatening that government would substitute them soon if they failed to turn over a new leaf.
Credit: New Telegraph