Mr. Chukwuemelie Agu, the Managing Director of Enugu State Housing Development Corporation (ESHDC) has announced that they plan to construct and deliver 1,500 low-income housing units in Enugu State, Nigeria, before the end of 2021.
Mr. Agu made the revelation during his tour at the Coal City View Estate where the government is already constructing 750 out of the proposed 1, 500 low-housing units for civil servants. The ESHDC managing director explained that the first phase which comprises 100 units of one, two, and three-bedroom bungalows, has reached an advanced stage.
The 750 low income housing unit’s project at the Coal City View Estate is being executed in partnership with the AG Mortgage, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), and some other estate developers. Its main objective is to cushion the accommodation shortage in the state by giving civil servants an opportunity to own homes.
“We are undertaking this project because we want to give civil servants an elongated repayment plan, between 20 to 30 years, depending on the time left in their service,” said Mr. Agu adding that they are currently profiling staff of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Parklane, Judiciary, among others for the units offer letters.
Establishment of the other 750 low-housing units
Mr. Agu went ahead to explain where and how they plan to establish the rest of the 1,500 low-income housing units. He said that ESHDC was ready to undertake another 500- unit housing scheme under the Family Homes Funds (FMF) initiative of the Federal Government at Ehalumona in Nsukka.
“The FMF has approved close to US$ 4.4M for the construction of the units and all necessary documents regarding the project have also been signed. In addition, we have a site that the state government has provided for this purpose.”
“We are also in partnership with the FMF for the development of 250 additional units at ESUT gate, which targets ESUT staff, Law School staff, and UNTH staff as off-takers,” he concluded.