12 February 2013

Nigeria: Why We're Building 1,500 Houses for Abuja Centenary Village - FCT Minister

Abuja — Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Bala Muhammed, has said that building of 1,500 houses for the Abuja Centenary Village would help to solve some of the housing challenges in the city.

Senator Bala stated this while receiving the Polish Deputy Marshal, Region of Wielkopolska, Poland, Mr. Leszek Wojtasiak, who led a business delegation to his office.

He said FCT Administration had already kept a plot of land to build 1,500 houses for the Abuja Centenary Village to upscale its social housing scheme.

The minister also said the houses would be built to commemorate the 100 years of amalgamation of Northern and Southern protectorates of Nigeria by the British colonialists, adding also that the houses would be used to reduce the housing needs of residents of Federal Capital Territory.

He noted that his administration had unbundled land administration of Federal Capital Territory, which had been opened for full participation of the organised private sector, consortium as well as foreign investors.

The minister said: "The unbundling of land has culminated to the Abuja Land Swap Model initiative where about 13 investors are already partnering with the FCT Administration to open up about 10 new districts by providing infrastructure and recouping their investment from the sales of such land."

The minister called for closer collaboration with the Polish government and its businessmen. He also called for bilateral relations with the capital city of Poland, Warsaw, to share experiences, especially in city management.

Speaking earlier, Polish Deputy Marshal Region of Wielkopolska, Poland, Mr. Leszek Wojtasiak, appreciated the warm reception accorded him and his business delegation.

Wojtasiak noted that Abuja was a beautiful city, especially in planning as well as a in its management; adding that they were impressed with its lovely infrastructural development, particularly the road network.

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