Minister Dangiwa Performs Ground Breaking Ceremony Of The 250-Housing Unit Renewed Hope Estate

...under the flagship of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

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In continuation of the nationwide ground breaking exercise for housing projects under the renewed hope cities and estates programmes of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa has performed the ground breaking ceremony for 250 housing units in Abia state.

The Minister performed the ground breaking ceremony of the 250-housing unit Renewed Hope Estate  in Bende, Umuahia, the state’s capital.

Performing the ceremony on behalf of  President Tinubu at Umuoche Bende,the Minister thanked  and appreciated  President Tinubu for providing the vision and the political will necessary to make a difference in terms of delivering decent and quality housing to Nigerians as a demonstration of ccommitment to fulfilling promises and responsibilities to all Nigerians.

“U nder Phase One of this programme, we plan to deliver a total of 50,000 housing units across Nigeria. This includes 7 Renewed Hope Cities that will have between 500 and 1,000 housing units per site in each of the six geopolitical zones in the country and the FCT, while the estates will have 250 units per site in the remaining thirty (30) states. “

“As you may recall, last month, following the presidential launch, we embarked on the first leg of the exercise with the groundbreaking of 1,500 housing units in the northern part of Nigeria. This includes 250-housing unit Renewed Hope Estates, one each in Katsina, Yobe, Gombe, and Sokoto, and a 500-housing unit Renewed Hope City in Kano. Work is currently ongoing at each of these sites, and we hope they will be completed within the next couple of months and made available to Nigerians in line with Mr. President’s desire to provide quality housing for all. ” The Minister stated.

He thanked the  Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti for speedy acceptance to the request for the provision of land at no cost which singular action has helped to reduce as much as 30% of the cost of the units in this estate for the benefit of potential homeowner showing dividend of responsible governance.

Arch. Dangiwa maintained that the housing unit project  will  unlock the massive potential of housing development to create job opportunities, uplift lives, and boost economic development.

“Statistics show that the construction of one housing unit creates an average of 25 direct and indirect jobs. So, for these 250 housing units, we hope to create jobs for over 6,500 people in various trades, from professionals like architects, civil engineers, and mechanical engineers to masons, plumbers, tilers, and electricians. This is in addition to the economic activities, including those selling food, supplying blocks, and providing building materials. The value chain effect of construction work on this site is significant and creates a positive economic impact.

“He, however, warned the developers, Messrs Camp David Global Synergy Ltd, and Messrs Finuch Investment Ltd, to ensure that they build according to specifications.
“WE WILL NOT TOLERATE SUBSTANDARD WORK. You must be committed to delivering quality work as per the contractual terms to ensure durability.
We also want you to have this WORK FINISHED WITHIN THREE MONTHS so that we can begin the process of getting Abia indigenes to purchase and move in. ”

In his own words,”I want to state that under the Renewed Hope Agenda of His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, we at the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development are very particular about giving Nigerians value for money. We are diligently funding these projects from the N50 billion 2023 Supplementary Budget that Mr. President approved for the Ministry to ensure sustainability, quality, and geographic spread. I want to assure states that have not been covered under the 2023 Supplementary Budget will be included in the Ministry’s 2024 Budget on the condition that they provide land at no cost to enhance affordability.”

The Minister restated that the Renewed Hope Estate in Abia comprises 50 units of 1-bedroom semi-detached bungalows, 150 units of 2-bedroom semi-detached bungalows, and 50 units of 3-bedroom semi-detached bungalows.
“We have designed these housing units in a way that makes them affordable by using organic designs to allow for future expansion as the income of beneficiaries increases. This means that a 1-bedroom unit is expandable to 2 bedrooms and a 2-bedroom unit can also be expanded to 3 bedrooms as the owner’s financial situation improves or their family grows.”

His words, “We have created different options to enable everyone who has a source of income and livelihood to own these homes when they are completed. These include single-digit mortgage loans that beneficiaries can repay over 30 years and rent-to-own schemes provided by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, and outright purchase options for those who can afford to pay upfront.”

Continuing, he disclosed the initial preparatory work for the construction of the Federal Secretariat at Ekeoba, Ohuhu clan in Umuahia North L.G.A, is ongoing, adding that the actual construction work will begin soonest at the site.

He said that the awarded contract for the Secretariat was in line with plans of the government to have a strong presence in each state of the country.
“This second leg will see us break ground for a total of 2,000 Renewed Hope Housing Units in eight (8) states in the South and North Central zones of our country. This includes 250 housing units in Ebonyi, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Osun, Oyo, Benue, and Nasarawa states”.

In his address , the State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti who was represented by  his deputy, Engr. Ikechukwu Emetu,  applauded the project said, the state policy on housing was in agreement with that of the Federal Government for the country.

“We thank President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for this laudable project. This project will create jobs for Abians and keep our youths busy.
“We are trying our best to create the ease of doing business in Abia State. We will assure you as a government that everybody working in this very project, that the security that you need in making sure that this very project is delivered and our people take possession of this, will be guaranteed”, Otti said.

Governor Otti said his administration would continue to promote the importance of shelter, which is one of the three most basic needs of  man, and which cannot be over-emphasized, thanked the President for the decision to ensure that Nigerians have roofs over their heads.

In his speech, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Alhaji Tijjani Gwarzo represented by Engr. Nwofo Samuel, Director Engineering Services, stated that the broad aim of the Federal Government through the Renewed Hope Estate was to turn the country into a huge construction site, unlock the power of the housing sector to create jobs, boost economic development, and help achieve President Tinubu’s goal to build a one trillion dollars economy.

Earlier , the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr. Chaka Chukwumerije, also pointed out that the government’s strides in the housing sector was in alignment with President Tinubu’s vision on the provision of affordable housing to Nigerians.”

Speaking on behalf of the contractors, Arc. Ugochukwu Otti, disclosed that the Renewed Hope Estate in Abia comprises 50 units of 1-bedroom ,semi-detached bungalows, 150 units of 2-bedroom semi-detached bungalows, and 50 units of 3-bedroom semi-detached bungalows.
He said that the project was designed in a way that makes them affordable by using organic designs to allow for future expansion as the income of beneficiaries increases.

According to him, the estate would be well serviced with network of roads, articulated water system and electricity.
The Ohuga IV of Bende, Eze Anthony Chukwu who spoke
on behalf of Bende community expressed optimism that the project will stimulate the economy of the whole area.