The Nigerian Navy in partnership with the United Nations Habitat set to build 5, 000 affordable housing units for serving and retired officers in Akwa Ibom State.
Commodore Abdul Adamu, the Managing Director, Nigerian Navy Holding Company Limited stated this at Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom on Sunday.
He said the 5,000 housing units would be built on 105 hectares as the first phase for both serving and retired Navy officers, adding that the houses would be reserved for the public.
“ The scheme is designed in such a way that it will be opened for the general public; we will give percentage of the houses to the Navy while the public benefits the remaining,’’ Adamu said.
The Managing Director explained that the Post Service Housing Scheme (PSHS) of the Nigerian Navy was designed for the Navy officers to have their own houses before retirement.
“It is not a barrack but we are building a post service housing scheme where the locals and even people from Rivers State can live.
“The houses are supposed to be affordable, good quality to meet up the best standard.’’
In his remarks, Prof. Oyebanji Oyeyinka, the Director, Regional Office for Africa UN Habitat, said the housing scheme would be affordable by the Nigerian Navy officers.
Oyeyinka said the housing units would be on mortgage for 15 years and funds require for the construction of the building would not be from the government.
“The financier will soon start detailed design for the housing units; it is possible to build houses without waiting for National Budget.”
However, he said that both the Navy and civilian would enjoy the scheme and pay without stress.
According to him, the UN habitat will work with the Navy to ensure the completion of the projects.
“The essence of this project is to build communities where officers and civilian can live in harmony.’’
Also speaking, Dr. Tee Seng, Executive Director, China Nang Tong Construction Company, said the houses would be built with the latest and best quality technology.
He said the first phase of the project would be completed in two years.
The Commander NNS Jubilee, Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom, Commodore David Adeniran said the aimed of the housing units was for the Navy personnel’s to have their own houses before retirement.
He lamented that accommodation was a major problems faced by retired Navy personnel’s in the country, saying that officers of the NNS Jubilee would be benefits immensely.
Adeniran thanked the Paramount Ruler of Ikot Abasi, Edidem Udo Etukobom for donating the land to the Nigerian Navy.
Our Correspondent reports that the project would be sited in Essene Town in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area in the state.