FG moves to boost housing schemes

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The Federal govern­ment has commenced moves to ensure that its National Housing Programme works out for the intending beneficiaries.

Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri made the government scheme public when he em­barked on inspection of some the housing projects across the North Central Zone.

The Minister, who was in Minna, Niger State, on the first leg of his inspection tour of NHP spoke during a cour­tesy call on the governor of the State, who was represented by the Acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmad Muhammed Ketso.

According to a statement from the Ministry, there are about 80 housing units con­struction works in the state at the first phase of the pro­gramme, while promising that the state would benefit more as government continues to drive the programme. He thanked the Acting Governor for the magnanimity of the state in providing a five-acre plot of land for the NHP, adding that the location of the site is among the best in the country.

In his response, the gover­nor said the state will continue to collaborate with the federal government in bringing devel­opment to the people geared towards improving their living standards.

He, however, observed that local contractors in the state were not being considered in the programme and therefore appealed to the Minister to consider them in subsequent phases of the Programme in accordance with the ‘local con­tent’ component of the laudable initiative.

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