The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured of the administration's willingness to partner with developers who have the capacity and competence to deliver on affordable housing which will bridge the housing deficit in the territory.
The minister who gave the assurance during a meeting with the management of Tayan Group, an estate developer in Abuja, also stressed that such partnership would fast track the execution of the presidential mandate to deliver 5000 affordable housing units to residents of the territory.
A statement by the minister's media aide, Mr. Austine Elemue, said Aliyu, however, warned that all development in the nation's capital must conform to the Abuja Masterplan.
The minister also stated that the administration would only partner with companies with financial muscle to execute a project within 18 months period in order to avoid the mistakes of the past of littering the city with abandoned projects.
"I have seen your beautiful projects, but hoping that the property has valid documents and certified by the Federal Capital Territory Administration. All property in the territory must comply with all engineering rules and regulations of construction within the Federal Capital Territory.
"I want to use this opportunity to inform you that under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and under the 13 presidential deliverables given to the Federal Capital Territory Administration, affordable housing is given priority. And in this affordable housing project, we intend to carry along competent companies of repute whose integrity have been proven by the various jobs they have executed within the nation," the statement added.
The Managing Director of Tayan Group, Mr. Tola Ayanlola, used the occasion to unveil the company's "Project 10,000 Smiles Home for All" located in Kuje, adding that the project was planned to accommodate all classes of people in line with the vision of the company.
Ayanlola said the shortage in the housing industry has made affordability a big issue, stressing that the involvement of Tayan Group was to bridge the gap and provide affordable accommodation that would be made available to all.