FHA begins construction of 260 houses in Abuja

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The Federal Housing Authority, in partnership with Bauhaus International Limited, has commenced the construction of 260 housing units in Guzape District, Abuja.

According to the FHA, the housing units, which are being constructed inside the Rockville Garden Estate, are to be completed and sold out within 30 months.

In his address at the commencement of the project, the Managing Director, FHA, Prof. Mohammed Al-Amin, said that the agency planned to achieve greater efficiency in the delivery of houses.

He said the FHA had to encourage the use of modern technologies and injection of private sector funding into housing delivery in order to meet the demands of consumers for affordable houses across the country.

Al-Amin stated that the estate would provide a safe, comfortable, attractive and functional shelter, as well as a balanced neighbourhood to support the daily living activities of individual families within the community, while not compromising their cultural aspirations and preferences.

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The FHA boss noted that the agency had developed not less than 15,000 housing units in the FCT since 1991 and that it initiated the public-private partnership model for housing delivery after discovering that its capacity to deliver on her mandate was dwindling as a result of the withdrawal of government funding despite the growing demand for housing.

Al-Amin said work on the other part of the estate, which was being developed in partnership with another developer, had attained about 40 per cent completion

Explaining some of the features of the estate, the Executive Chairman, Bauhaus International Limited, Mr. Victor Onukwugha, said Rockville Gardens would deploy smart technology sensors embedded in streets and homes.

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He stated that Wi-Fi broadcasts and other Information and Communications Technologies for lifestyle living would be provided in the estate, adding that it would be serene and secure for its residents.

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