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COVID-19 disrupted our plan to construct 3,600 houses for citizens – Yobe govt

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The Yobe State Authorities has blamed the destructive impression of the COVID-19 pandemic for its failure to assemble 3,600 housing models throughout the state.

Commissioner of Housing and City Improvement, Bukar Dauda disclosed this at NUJ Press Heart Damaturu on Thursday whereas briefing journalists on his actions within the final two years.

He recalled that the state authorities had in 2019 sourced for a mortgage of about N15 billion for the availability of reasonably priced homes to the folks of the state.

After due course of was adopted, he added that an settlement for the development of the primary part of 1,800 homes was signed in April, 2020 at the price of over N7.4 billion.

“Authorities preliminary intention was to make the most of the mortgage facility to assemble 3600 homes and supply for extra funds for the availability of vital infrastructural amenities to the 26 estates.

“Nonetheless, this was not realized on account of the Covid-19 pandemic which introduced concerning the dwindling of Authorities income only one month after the primary part housing programme kicked -started”, he mentioned.

In view of this, Dauda defined that authorities reconsidered the sooner place on the variety of homes to be constructed with the intention to fund the availability of infrastructural amenities inside the mortgage bundle

“It was subsequently determined that solely 550 of three bed room homes will likely be constructed within the second (2nd) part, whereas the stability be utilized within the provision of infrastructure like, perimeter wall fencing, interlocking roads and drainage community.

“Below this growth, value for the development of 550 of three bed room homes stood at N3,121,547,000 whereas value for provision of infrastructures together with ability acquisition programme designed for the state youth coaching in interlocking providers stood at N4,077,273,927-06 (152 Youth)”, the commissioner disclosed.

The commissioner added that 919 models of homes out of two,350 are 100 per cent accomplished and prepared for handing over, whereas the remaining 1,431 have reached superior levels of completion.

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