Voice of Nigeria: The first 100 houses constructed under the Public Private Partnership for low income earners in Kaduna State have been completed.
The Affordable Housing Scheme, inaugurated by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on January 12, 2016, is targeted at building 2,000 houses.
A representative of Rapida Construction Limited, Mr Olaitan Lanre told Voice of Nigeria that the state government had offered land for the houses while the company sourced for funds to execute the project.
“What we have done here basically is a very solid structure and it takes care of both the medium and small level civil servants.
“It is organic in nature because the building can grow, it is a two bedroom flat, but it can grow to three bedroom and we have put some structures in place whereby anytime you want to convert it to three bedroom, it will be easily convertible with minimum cost,’’ he explained.
“We have made provision that is highly individualistic, with each of the flats having separate water tank, soak away and a fire wall in case of inferno, so that it cannot affect the next flat. The flats have a small court yard at the back for outdoor activities,’’ Lanre stated.
According to him, “they are to build about a thousand houses, but have concluded only a 100 in which the governor was at the site to inspect.’’
On the low number of houses constructed, the site engineer stressed that the project had to be segmented because of funding.
“We cannot fly to that 1000 at a go, it has to be segmented, as the funds comes in, we will do it and release to the government because it is an inter play of a lot of situations, anything can happen, and it is a question of fund which when available we have enough hands to do the job,” he said.
Lanre promised that the company would not compromise on quality.