The Executive Governor of Kano State Abdulahi Umar Ganduje has recently reinstated his commitment to changing the landscape of Kano State through his plan to provide mass and affordable housing projects across the state.
This statement was issued when he was a special guest of honor at the 10th edition of the annual Abuja Housing Show.
This year’s event which theme is ‘Expanding Access to Affordable Housing in Africa’ was held at the International Conference Centre (ICC) which showcases the immense opportunities abundant in the Real Estate Development sector not only in Nigeria but in West Africa and the entire African continent.
Speaking to journalists after the opening ceremony of the event which was also graced by the Minister for Works, Power and Housing Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, the governor said:
“It is very important that we create the kind of infrastructural development that will basically have impact on the low income earners in our society and that is why we as the government of Kano State is collaborating with the Minister to prioritize this project.
“Already the Minister has passed a circular to the states for the states to provide land for affordable housing units for which Kano state has already provided the piece of land.
“But that is not enough each state government is also required to provide additional enabling environment with estate developers and also the state government itself.
“So what we are doing in Kano is to try to make sure that enabling environment is not lacking also in the assisting of payment of compensation to the farmers and we also assist to ensure that private developers are given low taxes as well as ensure that the banks also give low interest rates with a more flexible mode of payment because all these will definitely reduce the cost of the houses to the masses”
It will be recalled that the Kano State government had previously announced plans to construct a total of 2,000 housing units that would each cost N2.7 million for the benefit of low and average income earners in the state.
“Some observers have wondered if the decision to construct the houses was taken following consideration by the government that the houses built by the previous administration were “too expensive” and not for the masses.
Although it had been alleged that the previous government constructed houses which were considered too expensive for people at the grassroots, with prices of those houses ranging from about N5 million, N10 million to N 15 million, however the 2,000 mass housing project to be embarked upon by the Ganduje administration will not cost more than N 2.5 million.
Governor Ganduje was subsequently given a Special Award of Recognition by the organizers of the event for his immense and consistent contributions to the housing in the country so far.
By Uchechukwu Ugboaja