Gen. Abdussalami AbubakarFormer Head of State, Gen. Abdussalami Abubakar has argued that there are fewer sectors of the economy where the gap between needs, means and supply is wider than housing in the country.
This, he maintained, is against the background of the fact that the housing deficit in Nigeria has been put between 16 – 17 million units. This is even as the World Bank has estimated that the cost of bridging Nigeria’s housing deficit is N59. 5 trillion.
“Account, I am sure, is not taken in this estimate of quality of existing housing stock which can hardly be called adequate. That is why any addition to improvement in providing housing needs and bridging this gap is commendable”, the former Head of State maintained.
Gen. Abubakar made the assertion during the commissioning of Evergreen Residences, a multi-billion Naira fully integrated housing project undertaken by Kano state government and Urban Shelter Ltd., at Durumi District, Abuja, whose foundation he personally laid on the 26th March, 2012.
The former Head of State, who was represented during the commissioning by a former Federal Minister, Engr. Sani Ndanusa, praised Governor Kwankwaso for his decisiveness in initiating the housing project, acknowledging that the governor had exerted maximum effort to retrieve the land on which it is sited, which had for years been under dispute from the Federal Capital Territory, and wisely engaged the private sector in its swift development.
In his remarks, Kano state governor and Senator – elect for Kano Central Zone, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso explained that the land on which the 108 Durumi Housing Project has been executed is Kano state Pension Fund Trustee’s contribution to the partnership agreement with the project developers and that commensurate with its investment. Thus, the Pension Trustees is getting 20 Housing units.
“Part of our rationale for investing heavily in the real estate business is that during execution, the project provides our teeming populace with job and business opportunities; and on completion, it provides decent accommodation to deserving members of the society”, the governor stressed.
Lamenting that rapid growth rate of both rural and urban populations coupled with inadequate infrastructure and poor funding, among others, have made it difficult to provide sufficient housing and infrastructure to meet increasing demand, Gov. Kwankwaso said such situation motivated him to embark on an aggressive infrastructural and socio-economic transformation agenda.
On his part, the Chairman of Urban Shelter Ltd., Malam Ibrahim Aliyu disclosed that the project, built on three hectares of land, consists of 108 housing units of 5 and 4 bedroom maisonettes, 4 bedrooms terraces and three bedroom blocks of apartments luxuriously furnished to meet discerning tastes.
“The estate, promises to promote harmonious living and encompasses unique amenities such as swimming pool and malls, recreational facilities, gardens, parking spaces, modern security system and constant power supply, among other things”, he added.
In their separate remarks, the governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and the Emir of Minna, Alh. Umar Faruk Bahago, CON, commended Kwankwaso for what they described as his leadership qualities and milestone projects in the history of property development in Nigeria.
Many personalities from within the country witnessed the historic ceremony, including Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Barau I. Jibrin several members-elect of the National Assembly from Kano and a former Minister of Agriculture, Malam Adamu Bello.
Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, fnge, mni
Director of Press and Public Relations
to the Executive Governor of Kano state,


 
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