4 The governor pointed out that housing became an important issue because the population was increasing daily while houses were becoming scarce.
5 “This has led to many challenges, including rapid urbanisation characterised by urban slums, over-crowding, unwholesome environmental conditions, absence of open spaces and overdevelopment of land among others.
6 “These challenges continue to bother government, hence the efforts to engage the private sector in developing modern housing that provides top class facilities, using modern building technologies.
9 “Through partnerships such as this, we hope to address the shortage of mass housing in the state and also address the problem of unplanned development that has seriously affected the beauty of the city and hampered access,” he said.
11 Odigbo announced that Royal Palms Estate, sitting on a 40 hectares of land, would provide over 500 houses.
12 The managing director stated that based on the advice of Plateau Ministry of Housing, the houses, comprising three bedrooms, two-bedroom bungalows and one bedroom would be built in phases.
13 “For the first phase, 50 houses will be completed within eight months meaning that 50 families will live in the next eight months.
14 “The next phase will be 100 houses and we will continue like that till we meet our target.
15 “The estate will have recreational centres, health centre, shopping mall, school and worship centres.
17 According to him, there would be solar power with each house with its panel.
18 Chairman, Odigbo Properties Limited, Gen. Daniel Bako, told the gathering that adequate security would be provided in the area.
19 Bako appreciated the community leaders and land owners for making the land available.
20 The chairman thanked the agencies that subscribed to the the programme, saying that their staff would remain grateful for the gesture.
22 Dadi urged citizens particularly civil servants, to take advantage of the estate to own their houses.