The Managing Director and Chief Executive, Post-Service Housing Development Limited (PHDL), Brig. Gen. M. Bashir and his team on Wednesday, paid a working visit to the head office of the Millard Fuller Foundation.
While welcoming the team, the CEO of Millard Fuller Foundation, Sam Odia, said that for truly affordable homes to be a reality in Nigeria, policymakers and housing developers need to constantly put the common man in the middle of their planning.
“We have a large percentage of poor people in Nigeria; let’s begin to design our houses with the common man in the middle of our planning.”
Odia further stated, “We need to regularly put into consideration the purchasing power of the potential off-taker.
“Yes, that man wants a big house with plenty of rooms, but the question we should ask is this: can he afford it?
“We are proud that the houses we are building have 93% local content. This has led to the creation of massive jobs for Nigerians.
“We are excited that we are not just building affordable homes, we are providing jobs and re-engineering people’s lives,” Odia concluded.
The team was then taken on a tour of the Fuller Housing projects. Visibly impressed, the team commended the Millard Fuller Foundation for its efforts in providing truly affordable homes for the low-income cadre in the country.
The Nigeria Army Post Housing Scheme is tasked with the responsibility of proving homes for the officers and men of the Nigeria Army.
On Wednesda, the Millard Fuller Foundation played host to delegates of the Nigeria Police Force Property Development and Construction Company Limited. Led by its Managing Director, CP Obe E. Rudolf and the Head of Unit, FRSC Housing Cooperative Ebenezer Adebisi, accompanied by some officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, the team was warmly received by some management and staff of the Millard Fuller Foundation.
Welcoming the team to the Fuller Office, the CEO of Millard Fuller Foundation, Sam Odia, said that the mission of the organisation was to provide truly affordable homes for low-income earners in Nigeria.
“We initially started selling our houses for as low as N260,000.00 (Two Hundred And Sixty Thousand Naira) for a basic studio apartment. So many people doubted these prices as they considered it ridiculous; some even called us fraudsters. Though our prices have gone up, we are still the producers of the most affordable homes in the country at the moment,” Odia said.
The team was taken on a tour of the GrandLuvu 1 and 2 estates developed by the Millard Fuller Foundation.
CP Obe commended the organisation for its efforts in providing truly affordable homes for low-income earners in Nigeria and said he looks forward to some form of collaborative partnership between the Millard Fuller Foundation and the Nigeria Police Force.
Made up of architects, builders, civil engineers, surveyors, among others, the Nigeria Police Property Development and Construction Company is saddled with the responsibility of providing affordable housing for police officers (junior and senior officers).