President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed the Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and his Ministry of Works counterpart, Senator David Umahi, to create the access roads and open up areas leading to all Renewed Hope Cities and Estates sites in the FCT and across the country.
Performing the launch of the Renewed Hope Cities and Estates Programme which will see to the delivery of 50,000 housing units of various house types in the first phase in Abuja last Thursday, Tinubu emphasised the need to make such cities and estates accessible, liveable and safe in order to decongest city centres.
He noted that new city developments are also an important instrument of massive job creation and economic development, noting that “at 25 direct and indirect jobs per house, the 20,000 housing units planned for the Federal Capital Territory alone will create 500,000 jobs.”
The launch coincided with the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 20,000 housing units in the FCT, beginning with a pilot site for 3,112 units, at the Karsana District of the FCT.
In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the president reiterated his administration’s resolve to provide decent and affordable housing for Nigerians.
The statement read, “Our goal is to increase the sense of togetherness, improve health and productivity of our citizens and reduce pressure on city centres. On this note, I am today directing the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and the Minister of Works to provide access roads to all Renewed Hope Cities and Estates Projects to increase accessibility and livability starting with this site in Karsana.”