A Qatari non-governmental organization (NGO) from Qatar Charity has began the construction of housing estate for widows and orphans in the Wassa District of Abuja.
Laying the foundation stone for the estate today, May 17, the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello said that the project is significant as it represents the cordial and mutually beneficial relations that had been existing between Nigeria and the State of Qatar.
The Minister said that the project is in furtherance of the FCT Administration’s productive collaboration with international non-governmental organizations, adding that it is a partnership between the FCTA and Qatar Charity.
He explained that the financial cost of the project will be borne entirely by the NGO while the FCTA provides the land.
The Minister expressed optimism that on completion, the estate will complement the efforts of the Administration in the development of the Wassa District.
Earlier, the Country Director of Qatar Charity, Hamdi Elsayed, said that the estate is being constructed on about 13 hectares of land and has a planned completion period of 12 months.
The Housing estate, according to the Country Director, will contain 200 units of two bedroom houses, a school, a vocational training center, shops, and recreational facilities amongst other amenities.
Hamdi said that benefitting widows and orphans will not own the houses allocated to them but will remain as occupants until such a time when they will no longer need them, adding that such houses will be allocated to other beneficiaries.