Minna - The Niger Government is to build 9,000 housing units by the end of 2013 under a Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The state commissioner for Lands and Housing, Dr Peter Sarki made this known in Minna on Monday.
Sarki told newsmen that already 4,000 housing units were being constructed in Minna, Suleja, Tafa, Kontagora and Bida Local Government Areas of the state.
He said compensation to land owners, amounting to N90 million, had been paid for the 1000 housing units to be built in Ijah-Gwari in Tafa Local Government Area and another N78 million paid for the Shawa Estate in Suleja local council.
The commissioner said the payment would enable the developers to start works on the two sites in order to meet the December target for delivering the houses.
Sarki said work would soon start on another set of 1000 housing units at Chanchaga in Bosso Local Government Area and additional 1000 units at Teachers' Village in Pago, Paikoro Local Government Area.
He said that the 250 housing units in Kontagora would be completed by September while the 554 housing units in Bida would be constructed by the end of the year
The commissioner said seven private developers were engaged for the project which was meant to meet the housing deficit in the state.
"Under the new arrangement, many developers have shown interest in doing business with the state and today, the ministry just approved five developers along with the two old developers already working with the government to meet the housing target.
"One thing is that at the rate at which we are going, we may exceed the 9000 units by the year 2013," the Commissioner added.
He also said that the government would obtain a N1.9 billion credit facility from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to provide 400 units of affordable house for its civil servants.