By Peter Usman/:
Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, on Tuesday, flagged off the construction of Housing Estate of two bedrooms bungalow, at Zauro, for low income earners .
Bagudu laid the foundation stone, at a historic ceremony at Zauro in the outskirts of Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Birnin Kebbi, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad Argungu (Jarman Kabi), represented the Governor at the occasion.
Bagudu said that, the construction of the houses was part of the sustained efforts of his administration, towards improving the living standard of people, especially ordinary ones, to have access to decent accomodation in the state.
He averred, ” On completion of the houses, priority would be given to victims of flooding who lost their shelters and other indigent persons, at fifty percent discount of the total cost .”
The developers were directed to ensure the timely completion of the project as scheduled, in accordance with specifications of quality standard.
Bagudu assured that, basic amenities would to be provided at the layout, including recreational facilities.
The governor expressed the readiness of his administration to partner with relavant agencies, organizations and development partners, to improve the socio-economic development of Kebbi State.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Alhaji Mahmud Mohammed Warah, happily said that, the foundation stone laying ceremony marked the inception of other housing schemes to be implemented.
He restated the unwaivering commitment of the state government to pursue, ensure and facilitate sustainance of commercial activities in the state.
The commissioner also opined that Kebbi State Government had constructed modern markets in Ambursa, Jega and Argungu, while new stalls had been built at the new Birnin Kebbi market.
The Managing Director of Ommi Frontier International Investment Ltd, Godflint Ike Nzeson, represented by Dr. M. Alkali, National Coordinator, said that the programme started in 2017, as part of the International Goal Agenda for 2020 houses in Nigeria to address the problem of housing in the society.
Alkali said the project would be executed in other parts of the country, adding that, Kebbi has been the first to benefit from the North-West zone, comprising Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states.
According to the M.D, 70 per cent of the houses have been reserved for internally displaced persons, while 25 per cent would be distributed among vulnerables, less privileged and civil servants at affordable costs.
In her remarks, the Financial Adviser to the Project, Dr. Lilan Iwu, expressed hope that Kebbi Housing Project would be one of the best, in view of the strong commitment of the state government to the success of the programme.