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Gov. Matawalle flags off construction of 10,000 housing for IDPs in Zamfara


Gov. Matawalle flags off construction of 10,000 housing for IDPs in Zamfara

Gov Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has on Friday flagged off construction of 10,000 housing units for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The project to be financed by Omni-Frontier International Investment LTD (OMFii).

The OMFii is a Private Placement Lending Facilitator that specializes in raising capital for private companies, governments, and banking institutions in emerging markets to facilitate Trade, Revolving Lines of Credits and Project Financing on a short-term basis through an extensive.

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Speaking at the official flag off of the project in Maradun town, Maradun LGA, Matawalle who represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello appreciate the effort of OMFii for providing fund for the project.

“This is welcome development, this effort is going to add value to the state not only in addressing housing challenges but provision of shelter to our the vulnerable persons.

“This effort will help in providing shelter to IDPs and victims of flood and banditry activities in the state.

“This will indirectly assist in addressing security challenges, unemployment and poverty level in the state”, Matawalle said.

He said this is effort is inline with the state government’s policy to partner with government and NGOs for the development of the state.

The Coordinator of the Project, Dr Mahmud Alkali said that the 10,000 houses would be constructed under the Mass Housing Project of the OMFii.

According to him, the project would be the funded by the foreign donors for humanitarian services and the project is to be completed in 24 months.

“We would provide access roads, electrification, schools and market in the houses.

“About 7000 houses would be given free for the IDPs and other vulnerable groups.

“While over 3000 would be given to junior civil servants and and other categories of less previledge persons who will pay only 25 percent of the total cost of the amount”, Alkali said.

According to him, a total of 1 million houses would be constructed across the country.

He noted that in each of the Six geopolitical zones of the country, three states have been selected for the gesture.

The Managing Director of the OMFii, Mr Godsflint Nzeson assured commitments to carryout the timely and quality job.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to Governor Bello Matawallen on Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Fa’ika Ahmad described the project as a welcome development.

Zamfara is in serious need of this kind gesture considering the high number of IDPs, attack victims and other vulnerable groups.

She noted that Maradun and other LGAs affected by the banditry activities and flood disaster would benefit from the project.
According to her the state have a total of about 180,000 IDPs.

“We have Eight IDP camps in the state, three Located in Anka LGA while one in Maradun LGA and another one in Mada town, Gusau LGA.

“Apart of the state government’s commitments to provide relief materials to the IDPs, we are making efforts to provide skills acquisition centers so as to train them to be self reliant.

“The state government is making arrangements provide quality education to IDPs”, Special Adviser said.

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