From Walter Ukaegbu, Abuja
The Nigeria Police Force Property Development Construction Company (NPDCC), in collaboration with Ojim Royal Investment and Property Limited, are partnering to construct 40,000 units of mass housing in Enugu, Enugu State.
At the end of several months of discussion between the police and the property company, Managing Director, Ojim Royal Investment and Property Limited, Mr. Kingsley Uka Okoronkwo, in an interaction with the media on the project, said the project, which will comprise two-bedroom and three-bedroom flats will kick off from Enugu State.
“The mass housing scheme will kick start at Enugu and will be built in such a way that it would be affordable for men and officers of the police force. The Nigeria Police and our company have just formalised the agreement and any moment from now, work would start,” he said.
Okoronkwo further explained that the housing scheme would not be built like barracks but would be for police, other paramilitary officers and the public.
Shedding more light on the project, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Obe Echebi Rudolf, who is the Managing Director of NPDCC, stated that this would be the best social housing scheme ever as the police authority would not want to make it a barrack.
He, however, explained that 70 per cent of the housing would be reserved for the public including other paramilitary officers with different prices from the price the police would pay.
“The price for the officers of the force would be different from that of others as we want officers to be comfortable while carrying out their duties. Also, the 40,000 units would be built in phases. When a particular location is built like we are starting from Enugu, other areas would commence and is going to continue within the next four years,” he said.
Rudolf informed that the company, Ojim Royal Investment and Property Limited, has been found to have the technical ability and finance and would be collaborating with the NPDCC for the project.
He was full of praises for the vision of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to provide befitting shelter for the men and officers of the police.
The Executive Director of NPDCC, Prince Williams, further disclosed that the mass housing scheme would be spread across 20 states of the country and is geared towards uplifting the lifestyle of officers and men of the force.
According to him, various police commands in the states would provide land for the project in their respective states.