In a bid to address the housing deficit in Kebbi State, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has commissioned 500 housing units in Birnin Kebbi, the state's capital.
The project, a collaboration between the state government and Family Homes Funds Ltd under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, was part of the governor's efforts to provide affordable housing to the people of the state.
During the commissioning event on Friday, Governor Bagudu highlighted that the State Government had diligently provided the necessary infrastructure for the housing estate.
He noted that over 1000 plots have already been allocated to beneficiaries, adding that the incoming administration, led by Governor-elect Nasiru Idris Kauran Gwandu, was committed to continuing the initiative.
"Government is a continuous process; it is a work in progress.
"We are building upon the foundations laid by the former Governor of the state, Alhaji Sa'idu Nasamu Dakingari.
"Additionally, the Federal Government's ongoing housing estate project complements our efforts.
"With the leadership of Kauran Gwandu, we will achieve even more by providing additional housing units for the citizens of the State," stated Governor Bagudu.
This was contained in a statement on Saturday by Yahaya Sarki, spokesperson to the governor.
According to Sarki, the Governor expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders involved for their dedicated efforts in bringing the project to fruition.
Alhaji Mamuda Warah, the State Commissioner for Lands, emphasized that the initiative aimed to provide affordable housing options to civil servants and deserving applicants.
"Under the owner-occupier basis, 70% of the 350 houses will be sold to civil servants with a fifteen-year payment period.
"The remaining 30% (150 houses) will be available for outright purchase, with an initial payment of 50% and the balance payable within two years.
"The cost of each three-bedroom house is N7 million, while each two-bedroom house is priced at N6 million.
"To finance the project, a N3.5 billion loan was secured, enabling the provision of necessary infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity, recreational facilities, schools, clinics, and police posts," he explained.
He further stated that in addition to the completed 500 housing units, plans for the construction of another 400 housing units are already underway, following the same PPP model.
The Governor-elect was also present, showing his commitment to the project's continuity.
Notable attendees at the event included the State Deputy Governor, Rtd Col. Samaila Yombe Dabai, Muhammad Sani Abubakar Lolo, Speaker of the Kebbi State House of Assembly, the Secretary to the State Government, Babale Umar Yauri and the Acting Head of Service, Alhaji Safiyanu Garba Bena, among others.