NGO to build 370,000 housing units across Nigeria

A United Nations supported NGO, Global Centre For Empowerment And Care For Life Challenges (GECLC) said it has concluded plans to build 370,000 housing units across Nigeria to tackle the housing challenges faced by the people.

According to the Centre, the move is part of efforts towards meeting the United Nation’s’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) number 9 Innovation and Infrastructure, and number 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities in Nigeria by 2030.

Addressing the project launch press conference in Kaduna on Saturday, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Centre, Amb. Vincent Ejikeme Agbo, said, under the project, 10,000 housing units would be built in each of the 36 states and FCT in two phases. 

Agbo added that the project, which will in the nearest future be extended to other African countries, was being kick- started in Nigeria, to stimulate socio-economic growth and support the developmental efforts of the country’s federal and state governments.

According to GECLC Chairman, “our vision and mission in the incorporated Global Centre for Empowerment and Care for Life Challenges, is in tandem with United Nation sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Therefore, our purpose for organizing this public launch is to promote, advocate, initiate, enlighten and create beneficial interest for the general public towards; Real Estate Housing and Industrial Development within the purview of United Nation sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 9 and 11.

“Our major vision here is to provide decent and affordable housing needs for people of different ages and classes. It is equally important to note that our vision and mission will be purposefully driven towards enhancing and encouraging prototype Real Estate Housing and Industrial development. A significant one stop hub in all 36 states of the federation including Abuja.

“We are not promising a heaven on earth but world class cities that will rank among the best in the beauty, amenities, security and comfort. In order to create and promote windows of opportunity for all stakeholders, government institutions, national and international investors, and accredited contractors to invest in our various platforms, the Global Center for Empowerment and Care for Life Challenges, under the auspices of the United Nations, has fully adopted the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Some weeks ago, we were in Asaba, Delta state to do the groundbreaking ceremony of this mega project in partnership with one of our contractors; Frankly Royal View Limited. In order to bring the governors of the 36 states and the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in to handle important necessities, particularly land, for these large scale projects in the states, my team and I have already begun discussions with them.”

Explaining why Kaduna state was given priority, a member of the team, Amb. Larry-Goodwill Ajiola (Ph.D) said, “we looked at the central focus of activities in Kaduna state that was why we picked Kaduna. Kaduna is the first state that gave approval to this project in the whole nation, thus Kaduna state remained number one in this project. Kaduna is our state, they have given us approval and they are willing to give us land and support us technically, financially and morally to ensure it’s success.”