The Federal Government said on Friday that it has constituted a committee to work out modalities for the occupation of houses being built under the ongoing National Housing Programme (NHP).

The Zonal Director, NHP, North-Central zone, Mr Valentine Nwaimo said this on Friday, during an inspection of the NHP project located in Osin Aremu, besides Asa Dam, Ilorin, Kwara.

Nwaimo in the company of some top officials of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing noted that once the modalities were in place, the houses would be given out immediately to eligible people.

According to him, the committee comprised of estate surveyors and valuers, architects, engineers among other stakeholders expected to facilitate professional inputs for quick occupation.

With the ongoing first phase of the programme in 33 states of the federation, Nwaimo noted that there would be a second phase while the Federal Government was targeting to build 5,000 housing units in the long run.

Assessing the impact of the project and it’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), he stated that several lives have been impacted positively since its commencement.

“The project is for the primary purpose of providing accessible, affordable and decent housing for all Nigerians”.

He acknowledged the timely response of the state government and its readiness to donate additional land for the second phase of the NHP.

The Federal Controller and Team Leader of the project, Mr Shonibare Ibikunle said that there were 76 housing units under construction of which four units have been completed while 19 contractors were engaged.