Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Abuja workers reject housing scheme

02 May 2014, 17:59

Abuja - Workers in Abuja on Thursday said they would not subscribe to "mushroom estates" being built by developers in the territory.

Some of the workers said at the May Day rally in Abuja, that many of the estates were built with substandard materials.

Kehinde Ajala, a civil servant, said he had not benefited from the housing scheme.

Ajala said the scheme was not encouraging as the prices were exorbitant, coupled with the substandard materials used by the developers.

"About 95 per cent of the estates in Abuja were built with substandard materials; they are also very expensive for low income earners.

"I get angry anytime I hear of affordable houses for civil servants; what makes it affordable when a two bedroom flat anywhere in the city goes for N10 million.

"And 20 per cent is required as deposit, which is N2 million; no low income earner can raise such amount easily on what I regard as mushroom estate,’’ he said.

Ngozi Okechukwu, another civil servant, said she regretted buying a three bedroom apartment on Airport Road at N15 million.

Okechukwu said that she paid N4.5 million as initial deposit before realising that there were other charges which were not diclosed.

"Little did I know about mass housing in Abuja until when I bought one before realising that it is better to acquire a land and build on your own.

"I struggled to pay all the hidden charges before I noticed another problem that all the houses in the estate were built with substandard materials.

"It costs me N3 million to renovate it before moving in.

"The Federal government should review the scheme; not every civil servant can go through what I went through,’’ she said.

Gimba Adamu of the Revenue and Fiscal Mobilisation Commission, said as a low income earner, he could not acquire the house as he could not raise initial deposit required by developers.

"My dream is to have a house of my own; but I cannot afford the millions they are charging.

"I will appreciate if government can intervene to provide affordable land for workers.’’

FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, inaugurated a 14-man committee on March 12 to deal with illegal and unplanned settlements in the territory.

Those settlement are springing up under the guise of "mass housing estate."

Mohammed asked the committee to come up with suggestions to address challenge of mass housing in the territory.

The minister said during the inauguration of the committee that mass housing scheme, introduced by the FCTA in 2 000 to provide affordable shelter, had not been realised.

 - NAN

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.

Tags abuja

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...