WorldStage Newsonline-- The Africa Nations Development Programme (ANDP), a non governmental organization (NGO) has entered into a partnership with the Kwara State Government to construct a-2 bedroom each of 5,000 housing units in the state.
According to the plan, ANDP will expend N78 billion on the project expected to cut across Ajase-Ipo, Osi, Offa, Ilorin, Share, Ilesha-Baruba and Lafiagi in all the three senatorial districts of the state.
The ANDP, a subsidiary of the World Nation Development Initiatives brought the project dubbed “the new cities in remote places programme, to the state after it kick-started the nation-wide programme in Cross River State.
Speaking at the groundbreaking of the project in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun local government area of the state, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said that state government was pleased to partner ANDP for “this mass housing project, aptly described as new cities in remote places for the less privileged.”
Said he: The project entails the provision of 5000 new homes with other infrastructures and amenities like road network with drainages, water, electricity, ultra-modern hospital, schools and skill acquisition center.
“It is also worthy of note that the Africa Nations Development Programme intended to site the project at one specific location in the State.
“However, in the spirit of Shared Prosperity, we agreed with our partners to spread the project across the State.
“Consequently, seven locations were selected, including Ajase-Ipo, Ilorin, Osi, Lafiagi, Share, Ilesha-Baruba and Offa.
“Five hundred two-bedroom bungalow housing units will be constructed in Ajase-Ipo and Offa respectively. In Ilorin, 2000 two-bedroom bungalow housing units will be constructed on 100 hectares of land, while 500 two-bedroom bungalows will be built on 50 hectares of land in each of Osi, Lafiagi, Share and Ilesha-Baruba.
“The most cheering news is that the housing units will be allocated to low income earners free of charge.
“Furthermore, I am pleased to inform you that the lands on which these buildings will be erected have been identified and the acquisition process is ongoing.
“There is no doubt that this will bring great succor to the beneficiaries. Ultimately, new towns will be created which will enhance the socio-economic conditions of beneficiary communities.
“An additional benefit is that the construction of these housing units will boost local economies, provide job opportunities for artisans such as carpenters, bricklayers, electricians, plumbers and other allied professionals.
“At this point, let me put on record the cooperation we have received from the beneficiary communities for this project.
“In this regard, I urge the leadership and people of Ajase Ipo and those of other benefitting communities to continue to embrace and fully support the state government and the ANDP in the implementation of these projects.
“Let me also emphasize that compensation for land acquired for the mass housing projects in is currently being worked out and will be paid as soon as the modalities are completed.
“To the ANDP, I assure you that all paperwork necessary for project commencement will be completed on time. The project, according to the Director General of the ANDP in Africa, Samson Omojuyigbe is meant for the benefit of the less privileged whose welfare he said the organization is concerned about Omojuyigbe explained that apart from the housing units of 2-bedroom flat each, the settlements also include schools, police stations, markets and hospitals and other facilities that could make life more comfortable for the beneficiaries.
The ANDP boss who disclosed that his organisation is making its impact felt in 50 African countries explained that the body is investing a huge amount of money on the project because it desires to complement efforts of the government in alleviating the plight of the poor in the African society.
"Based on the circumstances in which they have found themselves and the less and less resources, available to governments, it is obvious that the various governments at all levels in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, cannot provide everything for the people.
"Public-spirited individuals and organizations with the right heart must come to the rescue of the people if we must secure the future, ensure peace and provide a decent lifestyle for coming generations."