By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi has observed that internal displacement caused by insurgency within the North East sub region with mass influx to the state has culminated the over-stretching of the existing physical facilities with the attendance high demand for such.
Performing the Ground Breaking ceremony for the construction of 2, 500 housing units in Bauchi weekend, the Governor said that the project is geared to cut down housing deficits in the state by making houses readily affordable to citizens.
He explained that construction of the 2, 500 housing units which will be spread across the six emirates in the state with Bauchi having the highest number of 1, 500 units, followed by Katagum with 350 units, Misau 250 units, Ningi 200 units, Dass and Jama’are 100 units each, has the project 12 months completion period.
Senator Bala Mohammed assured that quality mechanism has been established with corresponding arrangement to drive the project to effective delivery with a view to protect the goodwill of both the state and federal government.
According to him, in tandem with the established building code and best practices in Basic Engineering Management and Evaluation, a Task Force will be establish under his office for monitoring and evaluation of projects being executed in the state.
Turning to the education sector, the governor revealed that his administration will rebuild the Government Secondary School, Bauchi, an offshoot of the Bauchi Provincial School with a view to sustaining the legacy of the school that produced significant quantum of intellectual capital that Bauchi state is proud today and beyond.
Bala called on the contractors of the housing project in all the emirates to patronize local suppliers to enrich the value chain that the project will create for the benefit of the host communities.
The governor thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the intervention in the sub-sector, and called on Developers to partner with the people of the state to build shopping malls and other facilities in compliance with established procurement standards and global best practices.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamshuna Ahmed has in an address at the occasion applauded Governor Bala for recognizing housing as a major need for the people of Bauchi by partnering with Family Homes Fund.
Minister Zainab Ahmed who was represented by Ambassador Mohammed Adamu Jumba, a board member of the Family Homes Ltd, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Finance said the construction of the 2, 500 housing units is also the beginning of a milestone that will bring great development to the state.
Family Homes Ltd Managing Director, Mr. Femi Adewole had in a welcome address, said the project was part of the efforts of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to improve the well-beings of Nigerians.
Mr. Femi Adewole observed that about 20, 000 youths in the state are expected to be engaged for the construction work, and commended the state governor for ensuring the actualization of the project.
Bauchi state commissioner for Housing and Environment, Hon, Hamisu Mu’azu while welcoming guests to the occasion said the project has a moratorium span of 4 years while the period of repayment of the N12 billion project cost is in the bracket of 12 and 15 years.
The commissioner noted that the positive economic gains accruable from the project will come in chain reactions and connections because, apart from the contractors, artisan and job men would be occupied with daily work opportunities that would translate into improved family economy.
He noted that while the project will go a long way in cushioning the effects of devastations due to insurgency activities, it would not have come at a better time than now because of the recent discovery of oil deposit in the state.
Hon. Hamisu Mu’azu said, “It may be argued that the project funded by the Family Homes Fund limited, but His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed remains the first out of the 36 other state governors to have explore this opportunity to the advantage of his people”.