Samson Odegbami, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Richfield Court has promised to provide 1,000 housing units for low-income earners across the country.
He spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony to kick-start the project in Abuja.
According to him, the completion of the project of 1,000 units will provide access as more families across Nigeria would enjoy decent accommodation come 2022.
Odegbami said his firm has acquired verifiable land in Lugbe, Giri and Gwagwalada areas of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the implementation of the project, saying the firm also had a presence in Lagos and Ogun States respectively.
He acknowledged that the housing deficit in the country was huge and called for collaboration between the government and the private sector to provide decent accommodation for Nigerians.
“For us, we have set a goal for ourselves, between now and the next two years, we are developing 1,000 housing units across the country; that is our short term for two years.
“After we have achieved that, we will see where God will take us to and where we can go from there.
Odegbami added, “We do not want to overstretch but we have a target of 1,000 housing unit between 2020 and 2022,”.
Thus, he enjoined the federal and state governments to provide enabling environment and infrastructure like electricity, access roads, good drainage system as part of the impetus to encourage entrepreneurs interest in mitigating the housing deficit.
“There is a massive housing deficit in Nigeria and the government cannot fix everything in Nigeria, it is entrepreneurs like us that will do it.
“What we just want from government is the enabling environment and infrastructure like good road network and drainages.
“I think the government is trying but more can still be done, especially in fast-developing areas like this, so, that we do not just drive on very nice roads on the superhighway and by the time we are on the road to our houses, the road is not good.
“So, the quality that they have put outside should be extended into internal roads in residential areas,” he said.
“Once they do that, what will happen is that, the property value will go up, there will also be a better quality of life; if you look at the global index, the life expectancy in Nigeria is 45 why in places like Australia it’s 85, Odegbami added.