The Minister of State of Works and Housing, Mu,azu Jaji Sambo, has paid a progress visit to FHA Mass Housing Estate site in Zuba, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) ahead of commissioning.
Recall that the Zuba Mass Housing Estate is a pilot project of Federal Housing Authority to be replicated across the nation.
The project, which sits on 18 hectares of land, has 764 housing units of various house types; its 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.
A statement issued in Abuja on Thursday night by the FHA’s Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Kenneth Chigelu, said the minister visited the project site on Thursday to ascertain the level of completion of the estate, in readiness for its commissioning.
According to the statement, the minister was conducted 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.
It stated that the minister inspected the nine remaining blocks of flats that were at the various stages of completion.
The 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 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, and 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 also called on the management of the authority 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.