By Barnabas Augustine
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has laid the foundation block for the construction of 2,000 Housing Units for civil servants in Adamawa State.
The foundation laying ceremony which was held at the site of some of the housing units to be constructed- along Greater Yola by-pass near Malkohi in Yola South Local Government Area- marked the official flagged-off of the construction of the civil servants’ houses.
Governor Fintiri who laid a block for the construction of the houses said that in the last five years no effort was made to build houses for civil servants in the state. He explained that the 2,000 houses to be built are initiated to partially meet the demand of Adamawa citizens and mainly to provide 2 and 3 bedroom houses to the civil servants through a housing loan obtain from Family Homes Fund.
While calling on the Family Homes Fund, the firm that will construct and give out the houses on loan to civil servants in collaboration with Adamawa State Government, Governor Fintiri revealed that out of the 2,000 houses, 1,400 will be sited in the State Capital and environs while Mubi which is the second largest city after Yola will have 300 and the other 300 will be constructed across the rest of the Local Government Areas.
Governor Fintiri admonished the contractor not only to build the houses according to specification but to meet the timeframe of 12 months.
Earlier in her welcoming address, the Permanent Secretary of the Adamawa State Ministry of Housing, Hajiya Jummai Bashir said that the project for construction of houses to civil servants in the state is timely, noting that greater percent of the civil servants salaries went to payment of rent.
Hajiya Bashir explained that siting the housing units along Greater Yola By Pass will draw urbanization, enhance economic activities and check the activities of criminals having the by pass will become busy with traffic flow.
On his part, the Managing Director of the Family Homes Fund, Mr. Femi Adewole said that the project which eight billion naira will be spent on, will provide thirty thousand direct and indirect jobs for youths and offer training to about two hundred youths on construction skills. Adding that the firm will adhere to the 12 months time frame signed in the Memorandum of Understanding on 21st August, 2019.
He also revealed that out of the 1,4000 Houses to be constructed in the State Capital and environs, 700 will be constructed along the Great Yola by-pass while the remaining 700 will be constructed in three different locations in the State Capital.