The Anambra government on Monday said it was collaborating with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) to complete its housing scheme for civil servants in the state.
Frank Offor, the Anambra state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, said in Onitsha that the collaboration was part of the government’s bid to provide affordable houses for its workers.
The plan to provide the houses was tsalled due to the current economic recession and forex troubles. These prompted the government’s partnership with FMBN to ease the financial load while also meeting the housing demands of the civil servants.
Offor stated that the state governor, Willie Obiano, was passionate about the policy and has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with investors for the construction of eight housing estates.
He said the government has MoUs with firms such as Cotabs Engineering Ltd. for the construction of housing units across the three senatorial zones of the state valued at N57.4billion; EFABS Property Ltd. for the construction of 1,000 housing units at Amansea near Awka for the middle and high-class valued at N26.4 billion; Dozzy Investments Ltd. to the tune of N12.4billion for a 1000 housing units in Awka and Aldove Ltd., signed a contract of N2.3 billion to build 300 housing units at GRA, Onitsha.
Furthermore, the “government is also financing another firm, Affordable Building Concepts, to build 10,000 low-cost and middle-class housing units for civil servants at the cost of N119.7 billion”.
According to Offor, the forex challenge and recession, though challenging, would be overcome and the people of the state would have access to new and affordable homes.
This provision will ease the transportation problems of civil servants as the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) gathered that civil servants of the state commute to and from Enugu regularly.