From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The Minister of Power Works and Housing II, Surveyor Suleiman Zarma on Thursday commissioned N86.5 million cooperative home project.
The building project was made a reality through the Staff Multi-purpose Cooperative Society (SMCS) of the ministry.
Speaking at the commissioning in Abuja, Zarma commended the interest group for achieving the laudable project despite failed attempts of similar cooperative groups.
He restated commitment of the Federal Government to providing affordable housing to the masses.
According to him, projects such as the National Housing Programme as well as intervention projects from the agencies of the ministry had strongly championed initiatives to check housing deficits.
However, he blamed inability of government to really meet demands of the masses on paucity of funds.
Zarma, who noted that identifying problems and challenges in the sector were not solutions, explained that government cannot solely fix the problem.
“While government is concerned about providing shelter for the teaming population, the gross insufficient funds due to dwindling revenue pose a form of serious challenge to government to single handedly provide houses for all Nigerians.”
He reminded the stakeholders present of the law against illegal acquisition of land and landed properties in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Chief Procurement Officer, FMPWH, Abimbola Taiwo, was astonished about the building project.
She said at first, she was reluctant to invest in it through her contributions but eventually, it paid off.
According to her, she is now a proud home owner in the FCT while she tasked other members to take advantage of the opportunity inherent in the cooperative group.
Earlier, Chairman of the cooperative society, Mr. Ejiofor Frank said the all the 12 units have been fully subscribed by the members.
Listing achievements of the group, he noted that within three years of its establishment, it has acquired 17-hectare of land in Kurape, Karshi, Karu LGA of Nasarawa State on which 225 cooperators would develop housing units of their choice.
“We have acquired 7,650 square metres of land at Kuje road, Gwagwalada, Abuja for 12 cooperators and also acquired 1, 000 square metres of land at Kubwa, Abuja on which 1 No Block of 9 unit 2-bedroom flats was built.
“The primary objective of our society is to assist our members in meeting their welfare needs.”