The proposed Diaspora Mega-City Housing Project upon completion would create about three million jobs for Nigerians, the Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Senator Gbenga Ashafa, has said.
Ashafa disclosed on Tuesday when he visited Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in her office in Abuja.
The Managing Director explained that the Diaspora Mega-City Housing Project is expected to have multiplier effects with over 17,000 housing units of different models that will create a limitless value chain and opportunities.
Ashafa, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his thoughtfulness and wisdom in creating a conducive environment for the Diaspora Nigerians to have a roof over their heads, admitted that the project is being fast-tracked by the push and drive of the NIDCOM boss.
Dabiri-Erewa, in her welcome remarks, said: “Today is a historic day as we begin the process of having a Diaspora City within the Federal Capital Territory that Nigerians in the Diaspora wherever they are can be proud to own a home in their own country.”
She added that “the mega city project will make the Diaspora invest wisely, get results and prevent them from the excessive loss and agony they usually experience through third party transactions.”
The NiDCOM boss said she is optimistic that the younger generations of Diasporans will be happy to key into the project.
The high point of the visit was the inauguration of a tripartite committee. The committee is expected to submit its report within four weeks.
The Diaspora City Project is a tripartite agency collaboration comprising the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Project is situated in Maitama 2, with over 675 hectares of land in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.