In a move to address ongoing conflicts in northern Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has given the green light for the construction of 1,000 houses across seven states in the region. Vice President Kashim Shettima made this announcement on Friday, shedding light on the ambitious housing project that aims to bring stability and development to the region.
The states set to benefit from this initiative include Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, and Benue. This development was officially communicated through a statement released by Mr. Olusola Abiola, the Director of Information at the Office of the Vice President.
Vice President Shettima unveiled this plan during the commissioning of various projects undertaken by the Borno State Government in the past 100 days. He emphasized that the housing projects are part of a comprehensive strategy by the Federal Government to address the persistent conflicts in northern Nigeria.
President Tinubu, recognizing the urgency of the situation, has also allocated a substantial budget of N50 billion to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). This funding is intended to kick-start the Pulaku initiative, a non-kinetic approach designed to mitigate the crisis affecting the northwest region.
The housing project is not limited to constructing residences alone. It encompasses the development of essential infrastructure, including schools, clinics, veterinary clinics, and ranches, specifically tailored to benefit the Fulani community in Kaduna and Benue states.
Vice President Shettima emphasized that President Tinubu’s directive includes ensuring the inclusion of all victims in these development efforts. This holistic approach seeks to bring relief and stability to the affected areas.
Furthermore, the Vice President noted that this initiative is not limited to a specific region; rather, it is part of a broader commitment to drive development across the entire country.
President Tinubu’s approval for these housing projects reflects a dedicated effort by the Federal Government to foster peace, development, and security in northern Nigeria, providing hope for a brighter future in the region.