A total of 300 low-cost houses meant for people displaced by insurgency and vulnerable persons were Friday commissioned by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum at Ngamdu town, Kaga Local Government Area, Borneo State.
The houses for the returning displaced persons and two blocks of a shopping complex were built by the Borno State Government in collaboration with Family Homes, a private mass housing developer.
The Governor presented allocation letters of the houses to some of the beneficiaries.
One of the beneficiaries, Bulama Mallam, said his house at Ngamdu recently collapsed after floods.
Zulum also commissioned a 1.8-kilometre township road, a shopping complex with 30 shops as well as a renovated and furnished Government Lodge, sited at Benisheik, headquarter of Kaga LGA.
Also, a storey building of 30 shops was commissioned at Benisheik.
Governor Zulum, in his address, said that in 2019, the Borno State Government signed an agreement with Family Homes for the provision of 3,200 low-cost houses, with a substantial number of the houses now delivered.
He said Family Homes had promised to commence the construction of 1000 houses for civil servants which will be offered to low-income workers to enable them to acquire homes.
The state Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, under whose Ministry the projects were executed, Mustapha Gubio, earlier said in his welcome address that the largest beneficiaries of the houses were victims of displacement by insurgency.
The Managing Director, Family Homes, Mr Femi Adewale, promised that within the next three months, processes would be completed towards the commencement of 1,000 additional houses which are to be allocated to low cadre civil servants.