Qatar and Nigeria Collaborate On Mass Housing Scheme
The state of Kaduna will see housing built for 500,000 low-income citizens.
The governor of Nigeria’s state of Kaduna, Uba Sani, on 15 August completed the ground-breaking ceremony of the Qatar Sanabil housing project along with Qatar’s ambassador to Nigeria, Ali bin Ghanem al-Hajri.
Backed by the Qatar Charity, the multimillion-dollar project is located in the Millenium City in Kaduna and aims to provide housing for 500,000 low-income citizens. There is also a mega economic city planned to be built by Qatar, which will include clinics, shops, poultry farms and farmlands with irrigation infrastructure.
“The economic city will provide world-class infrastructure and make Kaduna a reference point in modern and affordable accommodation, with adequate security and a conducive atmosphere for business activities,” said governor Sani at the ground-breaking.
“Our vision is to make Kaduna the leading economic hub in the north [of Nigeria]. We want to create a business cluster that will drive competition in the northern region. Kaduna state is rich in natural and human resources. It is the gateway to many parts of Nigeria [and] is a transportation hub.”
According to the Kaduna State Infrastructure Masterplan for 2018-50, the state’s population was 6.1 million according to a 2006 census and could increase to 22.4 million by 2050.
Photo: Ground-breaking ceremony (© Kaduna State Government)