The Plateau State government has begun construction of 844 housing units for workers in Zanwra, Miango District, Bassa Local Government Area.
The state governor, Simon Lalong, described the housing unit as “a dividend of peace in the area” during the groundbreaking ceremony.
He stated that the project would benefit workers by providing them with access to modern affordable housing with a flexible payment system.
He praised the Nigeria Labour Congress for prioritizing civil servants’ access to affordable housing through its collaboration with the Federal Housing Authority and the Federal Mortgage Bank.
“Through the Workers Housing Estate, our civil servants will no longer have cause to be concerned about owning a house or renting accommodation because there is a mechanism in place for them to own one under very favorable terms,” he said.
He stated that the state government, in collaboration with the FMB, has provided home renovation loans totaling N2 billion to over 2,500 civil servants to help them address housing issues.
The governor stated that a committee led by the Head of Service had been formed to establish the state’s residential houses, offices, farms, lands, and all assets.
“The committee will also advise the government on which properties could be given out to owner occupiers and which should be redeveloped through public-private partnerships,” he said.
He urged the housing unit’s developer to ensure compliance with development control standards, adding that the houses should be built according to approved plans to avoid building collapse.
In another development, the governor expressed concern about social media misinformation claiming that the state government has ceded Jos Main Market to Jaiz Bank Nigeria Plc. through its proposed rebuilding contract.
“We are entering into a partnership in which the bank will fund the rebuilding project entirely and the shops will be shared in a 40-60% ratio for the purpose of lease only.”
“The 40-year lease is for individuals who will purchase the stores rather than the bank.”
“I urge our people not to believe the propaganda and political exaggerations that the market will be sold to an Islamic bank,” he said.
Earlier, the state Head of Service, Mr. Stephen Hyat, stated, “The housing unit occupies 40 hectares of land and will boost worker wellbeing and productivity.”
Hyat stated that 2,956 workers were beneficiaries of the government’s modern housing scheme, which would improve the economy through ownership of land documents, which could serve as collateral for business loans.
In his remarks, Bra Ngwe Irigwe, retired Rev. Ronku Akah, the paramount ruler of Irigwe nation, thanked the governor for implementing the housing unit in his chiefdom, saying it would expose the area to holistic development.