By Barnabas Augustine
Adamawa State Executive in its Wednesday Council meeting chaired by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved over four point eight billion naira for the construction of first phase of housing units in the State.
Over twelve construction companies are to handle the construction work.
Briefing Newsmen after the council meeting, the Commissioner Ministry of Information and Strategy, Dr. Umar Garba Pella said after intensive deliberation, the Adamawa State Executive Council has approved proposal of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to construct one thousand housing units which is the first phase of the two thousand housing units proposed in the State.
The spokesman explained that at its Second Council Meeting of 4th December, 2019 the earlier approved urban housing estate in the State was rectified by the council. He said the total amount of the facilities was nine billion nine hundred and seventeen million four-hundred and eleven thousand naira ninety kobo.
Dr. Garba stated that the approval came after the State Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has undertaken a comprehensive soil and site analyses, did a ground breaking after due processes were put in place. And that, the procurement process through competitive bidding by the Ministry was done.
He revealed that the financier of the project, Family Homes Limited has deposited the first tranche of the money -Four Billion Nine Hundred and Fifty Nine Million Five-Hundred and Ninety Seven Thousand Nine Hundred and Sixty Five Naira into the Government Special Project account for construction of the houses.
The spokesman said the council approved that the first phase of the project should take off with a total of one thousand housing units in the categories of 2 and 3 bedrooms.
Revealed that Four Billion Eight Hundred and Ninety Two Million Five Hundred and Sixty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Nine Naira Twenty Eight Kobo was approved by the council for the first phase of the project.
Dr. Umar Garba further explained that the Housing Units were grouped in 18 lots. Fourteen of the lots, each has fifty housing units while each of four has seventy five lots, to be handled by different contractors.
He said in the first phase of the one thousand housing units, three hundred and fifty three bed rooms will be contracted and the remaining six hundred and fifty will be two bed rooms.
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy said the approval is in line with the present administration policy to enable civil servants in the State access cheaper-more affordable house. And that all the first phase of the one thousand houses will be built in Jimeta and Yola.