Minister inspects FHA Zuba Mass Housing Project, tasks mgt on remaining portion
Story from Abah ADAH, Abuja
Minister of State for Works and Housing Mu’azu Jaji Sambo on Thursday was at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Mass Housing Estate site in Zuba, Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as work on the project has reached an advanced stage to ascertain its level of completion and readiness for commissioning.
The Minister was conducted around the estate by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, FHA, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, in the company of the Executive Director, Project Implementation, Engineer Sam Chinonso Omoke and others.
The Minister inspected the nine remaining blocks of flats that are at various stages of completion and charged the management of FHA to access and come up with the exact quantity of work remaining to be done on the estate, which will determine the actual time for the final completion of the project and commissioning.
The blocks awaiting completion include: 1 block of 2 bedroom flat at plastering and fixing of windows stage, 7 blocks of 1 bedroom, at fixing of doors, tilling and external works stage, according to a statement signed by Kenneth Chigelu, Public Affairs Officer.
“The Honourable Minister called on the Management to come up with the exact quantity of work remaining to be put in the estate, which will determine the actual time for the final completion of the project,” the statement read in part.
During the inspection, the minister however observed the need for adjustments in the external finishing in some blocks. He also observed that the trees planted in the estate are still at the nursery stages, advising that efforts should be made going forward to plant trees at sites as soon as construction is started so that the trees could grow as the project progresses.
The Zuba Mass Housing Estate is a Pilot project of the Federal Housing Authority to be replicated across the nation. The project sits on 18 hectares of land, housing 764 units of various house types giving a total of 16 blocks of 3 bedroom flats in a block of 8 flats, 32 blocks of 2 bedroom flats in a block of 8 flats, 14 blocks of 1 bedroom flats in a block of 16 flats and 5 blocks of terrace duplexes in 4 rows.
The estate is already serviced with completed standard infrastructure such as roads and drains, external water distribution network, electricity external reticulation, perimeter fence work, 3nos water stations, injector transformers, civil works and servicing of blocks with underground cables.