Nigerian Army Post Service Housing Development Limited Estate, Otukpo, Set To Kick Off As George Alli, Brig. Gen. M. Bashir Meets in Abuja.
The Executive Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Rt. Hon. Chief George Alli and the MD/CEO, is now set for the smooth kick off of the Nigerian Army Post Service Housing Development.
Hon Alli ,
Brig. Gen M Bashir meets on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Abuja.
The meeting which is a follow up on previous meetings held in Otukpo, is aimed at putting finishing touches to paper work concerning the agreements reached for a smooth take off.
With this project, Otukpo, the traditional headquarter and pride of Idoma Nation becomes the first town in Nigeria outside a state capital to benefit from this multi million naira investment by the Nigerian Army since the inception of the scheme in 1996.
Recall that the the Otukpo Local Government Chairman, Hon. George Alli, allocated a vast portion of land for the project in the first quarter of 2017 when Alli was the Sole Administrator of Otukpo Local Government. Previous owners of the land were duly ompensated for the said land by the Nigerian Army.
The estate shall have all the features of modern estate facilities which includes roads: drainages; light; schools; commercial areas; sports facilities etc.
Hon. Alli, while thanking the Nigerian Army for bringing the project to Otukpo, called on the people of Otukpo to, “cease the opportunity provided in order to enjoy its full benefits by embracing and subscribing it massively”.
The Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Army Post Service Housing Development Limited Estate, Brig. Gen. Mahe Bashir said, “Indeed PHDL has made a mark in the provision of retirement homes to teeming Service men and members of the general public. This has greatly assisted in integrating military personnel in to the civil society on retirement from active service.”
“The NA has taken a step further by ensuring that the civil component has equal chance of acquiring a house or plot of land by the pronouncement of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of a 50:50 ratio of allocation in all post-service estates”, Gen. Bashir further said.
The Nigerian Army has 28 estates in 16 States capital across Nigeria including Makurdi. In line with keeping up with the local content requirement of every construction activities carried out by the Nigerian Army, an Otukpo based construction firm was engaged to undertake the clearing of the vast land. The clearing work has since been concluded.
According to the Company Secretary, Barr. Paul Ankwah Edeh: “This project will go down in history as one of the best things that has ever happened to Zone C in Benue State. It shows clearly that when people are united and collaborate for progress, development surely will come.”
Barr. Edeh further said, “Today, my joy knows no bound as I reflect on the numerous job opportunities this project will provide for young men and women in Zone C. Indeed many Idoma sons and daughters particularly those in diaspora can now dream of owning a house back home in an environment that is secure and safe.”
The benefits of subscribing to the scheme is that all Army estates is guaranteed security, genuine title; durable facilities amongst others.
The benefits includes:
(1) PROVISION OF INFRASTRUCTURE.
It is said that the company is one of the largest real estate companies in Nigeria with vast experience in mass housing development. It has constructed and allocated over 6000 houses in 28 locations in Nigeria.
The benefits of subscribing to the scheme is that all Army estates are known for security. naturally people are drawn to places that provides assurances of security and safety.
(3) EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES.
The construction of a vast estate such as this, comes with chains of activities that provides for the employment needs of many artisans. Young people in and around otukpo stands to gain a lot from the project.
(4) PROFILE BOOSTER:
The project, when completed, will boost the profile of Otukpo town and it’s environs to the outside world. This will in turn encourage and attract other investors and boost the economy of the town.
(5) SOCIAL REINTEGRATION:
Since the post service housing schemes is designed for both retired military personnel and vetted civilians, it therefore creates opportunity for not only integration back into the society for retired personnel, but also, creates room for social interaction amongst people of diverse ethnic origin.