Earlier today, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned 748 Housing Units of Federal Housing Authority Estate in Zuba, Abuja.
The entire estate covers a total of 18.5 hectares of land area. In the course of executing the estate project, over 13,000 Nigerians were employed directly and indirectly.
President Muhammadu Buhari at the commissioning presented keys to some new homeowners at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) Estate Zuba who subscribed through FHA Rent-to-Own delivery model, urging them to live together in peace and harmony.
Commending the Chairman, Managing Director, Members of the Board and Staff of FHA on the successful completion of the Estate, the President noted that the project was another testament of his administration’s commitment to lift people out of poverty.
In his address, Minister Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said “we now have 748 completed housing units for Nigerians and their families to shelter,’’ adding that 75 contractors were engaged in the course of the project.
The Managing Director of FHA, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, described the commissioning of the project as a manifestation of the visionary and deliberate housing policy of the President, who in keeping with the promise of providing shelter to Nigerians approved the grant to FHA.
Ashafa disclosed that the Authority has also commenced the development of Bwari Estate, Abuja near the Nigeria Law School, which will deliver 336 units of various houses under the first phase of the project.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries and the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Distinguished Senator Mukhail Adetokunbo Abiru, FCA on Wednesday paid a courtesy visit to Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN at his office in Mabushi, Abuja to show appreciation for his efforts on two critical Federal roads : Ikorodu- Itoikin Road and Ikorodu/ Sagamu Road.
During the courtesy call, the #DoingGood Senator extended the gratitude of Constituents of the Lagos East Senatorial District to the minister for his support and efforts on the planned rehabilitation of 32-Km Ikorodu-Itoikin Road and the accelerated work on Ikorodu-Sagamu Road, which is almost completed.
The Honourable Minister specifically informed the Senator that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved complete rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Itoikin Road. Fashola assured Senator Abiru that the total rehabilitation of the road will commence in January, 2023.
Meanwhile, critical sections of the 30-Km Ikorodu/Sagamu road, from; Sabo,Okegbegun, First Gate, Odogunyan, Ita-Oluwo, Ogijo, Gbaga, Sotubo, Mosimmi to Gbara Village have been fixed, remaining less than 8 Kilometre to get to Sagamu.
The Honourable Minister assured Senator Abiru that the road would be completed before the end of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
These milestones were made possible through the instrumentality of legislative intervention via a motion moved by Senator Abiru, “On The Urgent Need For The Rehabilitation Of The Ikorodu-Sagamu And Ikorodu-Itoikin- Epe Roads To Further Bridge The Infrastructure Gap And Enhance Economic Growth In Nigeria” in April 2021.
Senator Abiru convinced the Senate by highlighting the importance of the two roads to the nation’s economic growth as they serve as access points from other parts of the country: Ogun, Edo and the Northern parts of the country and also routes to New Lekki- Ibeju corridor where we have a major refinery, Lagos Deep Seaport and Free Trade Zone etc.
The motion was fully supported and approved by the Nigerian Senate, and thereafter obtained the cooperation and support of the Ministry of Works and Housing, particularly, the Honourable minister, His Excellency, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN.
Before Senator Abiru’s intervention, Ikorodu- Sagamu road, which was awarded on 5th June, 2018 to Messrs Arab Contractors O.A.O. Nigeria Limited , with a completion period of 36 months only attained 24.04% completion due to paucity of funding. However, the current intervention by the Senator, has ensured the advancement of the 30-km Road to about 85% completion.
Senator Adetokunbo Mukhail Abiru felicitates with the Former Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola on his birthday.
“On behalf of my family, and the entire family of the Lagos East Senatorial District, I join your friends, well wishers, admirers and eminent Nigerians in congratulating a perfect gentleman, brother and boss, Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, His Excellency, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) on your 59th birthday celebrations.”
“Your Excellency, Lagosians remain eternally grateful to you for the enduring transformation you brought to Lagos. As the Executive Governor of Lagos, you demonstrated to the people of Lagos and Nigerians that the government indeed can provide sustainable quality, world class public services to the people. You spurred Lagosians’ patriotism and civic obligations in the payment of taxes and other civic duties as part of their fulfillment of the sacred social contract between the people and the government.”
“The trust our people have in you which was built through judicious deployment of public resources, that has been sustained by successive governments in Lagos State has placed the State on the trajectory of continuous growth and development. I am indeed proud to be associated with you.”
“When His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, appointed you to oversee the strategic ministries of Power, Works and Housing in 2015, we knew you were eminently and competently qualified to deliver on the serious assignment and responsibility.”
“Looking back now, Nigerians of good conscience can attest to the unprecedented improvements in the nation’s infrastructure especially roads and housing.”
“On this auspicious occasion of your 59th birthday, I pray that Almighty Allah grants you good health, sound mind and longevity to serve Nigeria and humanity.”