President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated 80 housing units constructed through the National Housing Programme in Kaduna.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Muhammad Abubakar, said the housing estate was part of the change promised Nigerians by his administration.
He said the government remained committed to reaching every Nigerian through its infrastructure development agenda, irrespective of social status.
“In the process, ordinary Nigerians at the bottom of the pyramid such as artisans, builders, skilled and unskilled workers and food vendors were not left out of this economic value chain.
“These are some of the people our country remains committed to moving away from poverty towards prosperity.
“We are already reaching them by providing opportunities for employment for those who were hitherto unemployed.
“We certainly cannot meet every one of those Nigerians in person, but our economic policies and investments in infrastructure such as this National Housing Programme and others will reach and positively impact many of them,” he said.
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said similar houses had been constructed by the Federal Government in 34 states.
Fashola, represented by Mr Emmanuel Hangeior, said the 80 housing units comprised 48 units of two bedrooms, 28 units of three bedrooms and four units of one-bedroom bungalows.
“Allocations will be made on the basis of those who apply and pay on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“While we welcome those who can afford to pay outright, it is not a condition for eligibility and we have offered flexible payment options such as mortgages and rent to own, which we encourage applicants to pursue,” he said.
The housing units were built by the Federal Ministry of Works and are made up of 48 units of 2-bedrooms, 24 units of 3-bedrooms and four units of 1-bedroom.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said the Federal Government had delivered similar projects in 34 states with the support of the state governors, who provided the land.