Kebbi and Jigawa States Governors, Senator Abubakar Atiku and Alhaji Badaru Abubakar performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the Construction of five thousand houses in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.
Bagudu disclosed that the houses were to be distributed free to the beneficiaries, especially low income earners.
The houses are to be built under a robust partnership between Kebbi State Government and the African Nations Development Programme (ANDP).
It was gathered that the Kebbi State Government will provide the land needed for the project, while the Prorgramme will provide the funding for the project.
Bagudu stated that the houses would be built in Argungu, Gwandu, Jega and Yauri Emirates.
The Governor, while underscoring the importance of housing in the society, also stated that 21,000 plots of land would be provided to the people of the state.
He explained that the gesture was to enable a cross section of the people of the state to own their houses.
The Kebbi Governor further disclosed that the provision of affordable housing was part of his campaign promises.
According to Bagudu, the development was sequel to patriotism and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bagudu also described the event as an important milestone in the history of Kebbi state.
“Priorities will be given to first time house owners, just as the demand for houses was increasing in the state, sequel to the increased income of the people of the state.
“The devastation caused by the recent flood disasters across the state had also increased the demand for houses, in Sha Allahu, we will try our best.
“The demands for houses by both the low and high income earners will be met equitably by the state government,” Bagudu explained.
While noting that housing deficit was a global problem, Bagudu said that the project would greatly bridge the existing wide gap between the haves and have nots .
Jigawa Governor, Badaru Abubakar, described his Kebbi colleague as workaholic, saying ,”apart from being the Sarkin Noma of Nigeria, I will also crown you as the Sarkin Gidajen Talakawa.”
The Director General of ANDP, Dr. Samson Omojuyigbe, and the Country Director Jimoh Kazeem , in separate responses, said that the project would further alleviate the sufferings of the people of the state, especially the vulnerable ones.
According to the DG, apart from reducing the housing deficit in the state, the project would further make life more comfortable for the people of the state.
He explained that the project also involved construction of schools, police stations, clinics as well as regular water and power supply.
On his part, the Country Director, Mr. Jimoh Kazeem, announced that ANDP would also provide training on skills acquisition to youths in the state and encourage them to engage in agriculture as an occupation.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa told the gathering that Governor Bagudu had also approved the allocation of twenty one thousand plots of land to indigenes of the state.
He also stated that approval had been given for the construction of two thousand houses under the family home scheme which would take off soon while members of NLC and TUC would receive long package from the Federal Mortgage Bank to build houses of their own.
Yelwa also said that Governor Bagudu had approved the establishment of Kebbi State Geographic Information System and the appointment of a Director to head the agency with a view to facilitating the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy and other land deeds.