By Salisu Baso
Impressed by the gesture of the Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje towards the establishment of another Federal Housing Estate in Dawanau town, by donating a land of 500 hectares, the Federal Housing Agency (FHA) has inspected the site and hinted that preparations are on top gear to start the project.
Leading the team of agency, the Executive Director, Business Development, in charge of Commercial, Corporate and Social Housing, Hon. Abdulmumini Jibril Kofa, on behalf of the Managing Director of FHA, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, commended the state government for being the only state in the federation that donated such vast land for the project.
“It is on record that, no state government in the federation donated 100 hectares of land, not to talk of 500 hectares of land as donated by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for this project.
“A total number of between 500 and 1000 housing units will be put in place, but in phases,” he appreciated.
All preparations, according to him are on top gear to start the project.
“We must express our gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for supporting us to achieve our vision in Sharada Housing Estate and donation of land in Dawanau town, for another Federal Housing Estate,” he added.
Before heading to Dawanu town for the inspection, Kofa was at Sharada where he held meeting with the residents, as it has been the practice recently.
At the meeting he, on behalf of the Managing Director of the agency, commended Governor Ganduje in making sure that Sharada Housing Estate, is regenerated and rehabilitated, as demanded by FHA across all other Estates in the country.
He added: “To further make Kano Zonal Office of the FHA, here in Kano, the management agrees to overhaul the entire staff of this office.
“I am, therefore, on behalf of our MD, introducing to you this new team of our staff in this zonal office.”
He further explained that agency would soon start audit of the houses in Sharada Housing Estate.
He assured that: “Whatever we are going to do, will be done with human face. I am at the same time commending Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for his unflinching support in making sure that things work out according to laid down procedures.”
On his part, the chairman of Sharada Housing Estate Residents Association, Abdullahi Bashir, commended the agency and the state government for being diplomatic and reasonable in the process.
Kofa reminded that when Dawanau Housing Estate is completed, the credit and glory should go to Governor Ganduje and the current leadership of the agency.
He said: “Since when we started residing here, at the Sharada Housing Estate, it is only this time around when we get such recognition by the Federal Housing Authority, the new staff of the Zonal office are introduced to us and we are introduced to them. This is highly commendable.”