From Scholastica Hir, Makurdi

Benue State Government has concluded plans to partner with the Federal Housing Authority, (FHA), to provide affordable houses for the people of the state.

Governor Hyacinth Alia made the disclosure when he played host to the team from the FHA led by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Oyetunde Ojo, at the Government House, Makurdi, on Saturday.

The governor who expressed happiness having the team in the state, said his administration has accepted the offer from the FHA, and will be collaborating with them to develop affordable houses for the people of the state, especially as their proposal is in sync with his administration’s desire to create a new Benue that everyone will be proud of.

Governor Alia who highlighted some of his achievements in office such as the ongoing construction of the Underpass at High Level roundabout Makurdi as well as the one in Gboko, the massive road construction works within Makurdi and other towns, the installation of solar powered street lights, the injection of 100 new buses at the Benue links Transport Company, provision of fertilizers to farmers at subsidized rate, the tremendous improvement in the health sector in the state amongst others, equally appreciated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for agreeing to construct a flyover at the Wurukum roundabout, amongst many other interventions.

He said the efforts made so far by his administration is to ensure Benue is placed in the right place it should be, and as such, will not turn down efforts aimed towards that direction.

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He promised to, on behalf of the state, provide land and any other support the Federal Housing Authority may require for the initiative to be achieved.

Earlier, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, FHA, Hon. Oyetunde Ojo, said they were in the state as part of the new policy of the FHA to consult with all the state governors for end user initiatives in providing houses to citizens of the country.

He said as custodians of land in the states, the governors are in the best position to provide lands and collaborate with the Authority for the success of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda in Housing.

According to him, the construction of the new houses will not only provide shelter to the people of the state, but will also create job opportunities, adding that since many people will be involved in the processes, it will also arrest the rising inflation in the country.

He commended Governor Hyacinth Alia for bringing back good governance in the state through the regular payment of salaries and pensions, the registration of external examinations for indigenes of the state as well as the massive infrastructural works ongoing in the state.