- The Nigerian Army has launched a housing scheme in Benue state
- The project to mapped on a 30 hectare of land would cost N7.5 billion
- It would also comprise of 321 housing units of different categories in Otukpo
The Nigerian Army on Thursday, August 16, announced the take-off of a housing scheme project in Otukpo and local government areas of Benue state.
The housing scheme, the Nigerian Army said will accept subscription from both military personnel from across Nigeria in a 50:50 ration.
Speaking in Abuja during the signing of the contract with Bentoniq West Nigerian limited, led by a retired Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan, the managing director of the Nigerian Army Post-Service Housing Development Limited, Brigadier General Mahem Bashir, said the project will help reduce housing deficit in Benue.
Bashir said the project - on a 30 hectare of land - which would cost N7.5 billion will be comprised of 321 housing units in Otukpo would not compromise on any standard.
The units, Bashir said, would include: four bedroom duplexes (type 1 and 2), three bedroom duplexes, four-bedroom detached bungalows, three-bedroom detached bungalows, three-bedroom semi-detached bungalows and two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows.
He noted that the housing system would create choices for all civilians and military personnel who interested in the project.
Bashir said: "The purpose of having all kinds of units in the scheme is to provide choices and also cater for different categories of individuals in Nigeria.
The estate would have surface roads with asphalt, fences, street lights, water supply and of course adequate security.
This estate is for all Nigerians interested; recently the chief of Army staff declared that all estates be at a 50: 50 ratio, that is for military personnel and civilians)," he said.
Also speaking, AVM Morgan (retired) said the project would be completed within a period of 24 months.
Morgan said the project would be taken in various stages beginning with the two-bedroom, the three-bedroom and then, the four-bedroom duplexes.
Presenting the Certificate of Occupancy to the Nigerian Army, the chairman of the Otukpo local government council, George Alli said the project is a welcome development especially with the rise in lack of durable housing in the state.
Alli said the project will provide employment with a multiplier effect of security in Otukpo and Benue state as whole.
He said: "Once this project starts Otukpo local government would stand to benefit, the Idoma community would also benefit from it. There would be employment opportunities both for the skilled and unskilled, the crime rate would be reduced because our youths would be occupied in one way or the other.
This project would also boost the Benue internally generated Revenue. It is our project and we are going to stand by it to ensure that it is protected," Alli said.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Edo state government said it will synergize with the 4th Brigade Headquarters in the state to relocate its barracks at Ikpoba Hill to a more conducive place.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state disclosed this after inspecting the barrack in Benin on Sunday, June 18.
The governor, who was accompanied by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Ibrahim Garba, expressed displeasure with the dilapidated facilities at the barracks saying that it was imperative for officers and men of the Army live in an ideal environment.
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