The FCT Administration has stated its readiness to go into partnership with the Federal Mortgage Bank to develop low-income houses for low-income workers in the Territory.
FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello gave this assurance yesterday while receiving a delegation of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) led by its Acting Managing Director, Mr. Richard Essien in his office. Bello however made case for the consideration of FCT Administration workers first; observing that the administration has the highest number of employees in the Federal Capital Territory.
He said “what we need today in Abuja are low income houses which low income earners can afford and that is what my administration would further encourage to take care of the less privileged people in the society”.
He added that his administration is prepared to enhance the relationship between the FCT Administration and the FMBN for the mutual benefit of the two organizations.
“We have too many highbrow houses in Abuja which have remained vacant despite the housing deficit the workers are experiencing in the city,” he added.
While decrying a situation where estates were built in the past without provision for recreational facilities, children play ground as well as conversion of green areas to build houses; the minister directed all new estates henceforth must make provision for such essential facilities.
The minister also directed that a green area be made available for the FMBN to develop into a befitting Public Park for usage at weekends by the residents free of charge; adding that such gesture should be the Bank’s corporate social responsibility to the immediate society it is operating in.