Work is now in progress after a decade of abandonment of the National Social Housing Project in Akwa Ibom State. The Federal Government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari recently re-awarded the contract to Precision Investment Ltd, and Novone Consult Ltd, after it was fully captured in the 2017 budget.
According to Arc Ezekiel Nya-Etok, Principal Partner of Novone Consult, the project is most interesting because “it is the only social/affordable housing project in the country”, the Federal Government having provided full onsite infrastructure, as contained in the present approved budget.
Arc Nya-Etok who briefed newsmen at the project site, directly opposite the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital on Abak Road recently, noted that the said project is a pilot of the Federal Government Social Housing Scheme which shared the same boundary with the then National Housing Programme.
The land, he said was given by the state government under the administration of Arc. Obong Victor Bassey Attah and was stalled “on technical grounds”, leading to its formal termination and then being subsequently re-awarded by His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola , the Honourable Minister of Power, Works & Housing.
Disclosing that Novone Consult has a portion of estate comprising 100 units of 3 bedroom semidetached bungalows to accommodate 200 home owners, Arc Nya-Etok explained that 30 other units are at various levels of construction between German Floor and Lintel Levels.
He said his intention was “to ensure that as much as 40-50% of the units have Civil Servants as beneficiaries where they will enjoy certain concessions, and also be availed of the National Housing Fund Mortgage facility.” He added, “This will be one of the few estates that come complete with onsite infrastructure and ancillary facilities. We are also in talks with NDDC and AKSG to ensure that the estate is a gated estate with the best of modern facilities.”
Furthermore, Ezekiel Nya-Etok who assured that the project shall be fully completed in 12 months, informed that the three categories of beneficiaries, made of Civil Servants categories A and B, and then the Public, can secure ownership of the facility by paying 25 percent of the sales price of N 7 million, N 7.5 million and N 8.5 million naira respectively.
Describing the interest expressed towards the project by the NDDC, which he served as a Consultant on Housing as a boost, Nya-Etok stressed that as an elitist project, the feat was meant to serve as an empowerment to the people.