Housing project gets boost as FEDUP delegation from Abuja visits Ughelli
By Jon Egie
A delegation of the Association for the support of the urban poor in Nigeria also known as the Federation of Urban Poor (FEDUP), Abuja has visited the Delta State branch of FEDUP to assess the land acquired for the building of 250 bungalows in Ughelli.
Head of Planning and Strategy of FEDUP at the national level, Mr Peter Dooiyor said the 250 units of bungalow planned to be built in Ughelli is a pilot project in the South-South geopolitical zone as the association aims to deliver about 35,000 social housing units across Nigeria.
The Abuja delegation met with officials of FEDUP in Delta State and the South-South Coordinator represented by Rev.Pius Onoephrojire and Rev. Orubu Matthew respectively at the Delta State secretariat of FEDUP, Ughelli.
In an interview shortly after the meeting, Mr Dooiyor said the delegation has seen the site proposed for the project, assessed the topography and the soil texture of the land and have discussed issues relating to the technical aspects of the project, including the building plan and logistics for the ground breaking cum foundation laying ceremony.
He said the delegation has interacted with the local technical team provided by the South-South zone, exchanged presentations, made adjustment and given final approval for the project design plan and the next line of action is for the association to develop a Time line for the project, mobilise stake holders and sensitise members of the association for the ground breaking ceremony.
Mr Dooiyor said the project is aimed basically to empower the urban poor and to be qualified for allocation of the housing unit, one needed to register with FEDUP in the local branch and such a hopeful must be resident in the zone you intend to register. Payment for the housing unit, he added, is by instalment and that, 18 months after the ground breaking ceremony, the houses will be completed.
In a separate interview, Architect Joseph Tyonongu who is the Chairman, Technical Team of FEDUP, Abuja told our reporter that the beneficiary zone for the pilot project (South-South) has presented the land, “we have seen the physical features of the land, carried out analysis on it and asked the local team to perfect the documentation relating to the land”.
He said when completed, a unit of 2-bed room flat will have two toilets, kitchen and a store, a dining room and a living room while a 3-bed room flat will have three toilets, kitchen and a store, a dining room and a living room. The toilets of both apartments will be tiled.
Against the market values of about N7 million for a 3-bed room flat and N4.5 million foe a 2-bed room flat, FEDUP hopes to deliver the houses to beneficiaries at a cost ranging between N4.2 and N3.8 million respectively.
“We want the houses to be affordable for the urban poor without compromising standard and quality” he said.
Rev. Matthew Orubu was excited by the visit of the national officers of FEDUP and informed that by next month (August 2013), he will host a meeting of FEDUP where all the Coordinators of the association in the South-South zone will meet and discuss issued regarding the Time line of the project.
On his part, Rev. Pius Onoephrojire expressed joy at the visit. “Their presence signifies an imminent take off of the project” he enthused.
The project is sited along Uduere Road, between Ughelli and Agbarha-Otor in Ughelli North LGA, Delta State.