Construction begins in Abuja Rock City Estate

Chief Dr Chika Okafor

Chief Dr Chika Okafor

PREMIER property development company, Messrs Rock of Ages Properties Limited, a member of (CHICASON) Group has started the construction of 10,000 housing units Estate at Lugbe South in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Chairman of the CHICASON Group, Chief Dr Chika Okafor, who disclosed this to journalists, said constructions which is for civil servants and other interested individuals, started a week ago, that before the end of year they are going to have about 3000 houses ready for occupants.

According to Okafor, one thing that made the project more unique from other housing projects in Abuja, is the good reputation that CHICASON Group has created for itself over the years, he therefore, assured all the subscribers that the houses would be ready before the second quarter of next year.

He further stated that out of the 10,000 housing units in the first cluster, they are beginning with the constructions of 3000 houses for now, adding that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) is one of the major subscribers of the houses.

Meanwhile, the Executive director CHICASON Group, Adike Chux, said the United Workers Housing Scheme is a housing development that would deliver 10,000 housing units in, plot 301 and 302 of L22 Southern Lugbe of the FCT in the phase 5 FCT development.

Chux explained that the project is been sponsored by CHICASON Group and the developer is rock of ages, a subsidiary of CHICASON Group, while the other collaborators for the project include TUC, Federal Mortgage Bank, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc, Trusts Bond Mortgage Bank and some other banks.

He further added that the subscribers of the project caught across all works of lives that the Nigeria Customs and ECOWAS are not left out in this scheme. According to Chux, the houses ranges from 12 different house styles of ones taste and affordable to subscribers.

“The subscribers will make equity contributions depending on the house type referred; the apartment blocks ranges from 2 bedroom flats to 3 bedroom flats, and workers who are contributors to Pension and National Housing Fund automatically qualify to apply for the houses.

“Some of the facilities and social infrastructures the subscribers will enjoy are good road network, independent power supply, water that will be metered to various apartments, hospital, secondary school, primary school, banks, petrol stations, office complexes, motor service stations, shopping mall. “To achieve all this, CHICASON is working with Development Control of the FCDA to avoid the used of substandard materials.

The project is bigger than that of Gwarinpa and in the next six months, work progress would have gone far beyond recognition. Also, Professor Charles Ofoegbu, former Director General of NBBRI while speaking with journalists said the United Housing Scheme for Nigeria workers falls in line with what he has been advocating for in the past 10 years in Nigeria housing policy.

“Many super countries today used the housing infrastructure to reach where they are today; when you built a house you build an economy, what I mean is that many lives will be touched by employing people to work on the construction site. For a country like Nigeria that claimed to be the giant of Africa, more than 20 per cent of it citizens lack adequate housing.

“Mind you, housing is a fundamental human right, everyone should have the right to own a house, government have the responsibility of providing the houses through the use of credible Estate Developers like rock of ages properties to meet the housing needs of it’s citizens and our Mortgage Banks should be empowered to deliver,” he said.

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