Sokoto – Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Thursday laid the foundation stone for a 250-unit estate for workers in the state’s civil service.
The estate, to be sited at Karasawa, on the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport Road, consists of four-bedroom detached duplex, three-bedroom detached bungalow and two-bedroom semi detached bungalows.
Speaking at the event, Tambuwal said the state government would revive the state Savings and Loans Agency with a view to helping citizens acquire homes based on affordable terms.
According to him, the state government now has three housing projects currently under construction and expected to be ready in 2016.
He said more than 1,300 units of houses in total would be put to use for the benefit of the people of the state.
The governor also said his administration would provide the necessary incentives to enable workers own homes.
Tambuwal added that the target was to ensure civil servants benefited from the projects optimally.
He said government would partner with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria(FMBN), labour unions and the organised private sector to boost housing development in the state.
The governor further promised access to lands and ease of documentation so as to promote investment in the sector.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director of FMBN, Mr Gimba Kumo, said the estate would boost the development of Sokoto by creating more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction.
He commended the people of the state for embracing the National Housing Fund, saying it is the bank’s flag ship housing delivery mechanism.
FMBN, he said, provides affordable mortgage loans which are repayable in 30 years.(NAN)