The Minister of State of Works and Housing, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, Thursday, paid a progress visit to Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Mass Housing Estate site in Zuba, Abuja Federal Capital Territory.
According to a statement by the the Public Affairs Officer, Mr Kenneth Chigelu, the visit was to ascertain the level of completion of the estate, in readiness for the commissioning.
The Minister was taken round the estate by the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Federal Housing Authority, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, in the company of the Authority’s Executive Director Project Implementation, Engr. Sam Chinonso Omoke and other staff.
The Minister inspected the nine remaining blocks of flats that are at various stages of completion.
A breakdown of the blocks awaiting completion shows 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.
During the inspection, the minister, however, observed he 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. He therefore advised that, henceforth, efforts should be made to plant trees at sites as soon as construction is started, so that the trees could grow as the project progresses.
The Minister called on the FHA 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 Zuba Mass Housing Estate is a Pilot project of Federal Housing Authority to be replicated across the nation. The project sits on 18 hectares of land, housing 764 units of various house types. The breakdown shows 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 100% 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.