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APDC plans housing partnership with Abuja Broadcasting Corporation

Jul, 2021 | By Niyi Lawal | ||

The Abuja Property Development Company (APDC) has revealed that it would soon enter into a partnership with the Abuja Broadcasting Corporations (ABC) owners of Aso Radio and Television to provide affordable housing for its staff once all the arrangements are completed. The Managing Director, Builder Lawal Aliyu Magaji said this while making presentation on how to include the staff of the Corporation in the project of providing affordable mass housing scheme of the APDC for the residents of the FCT.

According to him, "the purpose of this presentation is to look around possible ways to do business with the Corporation which is line with the mission and vision of the Company. "As you can see, I am here with my team to discuss how the APDC and the broadcasting house can work together to provide affordable housing for the staff. Just like we have been saying all over and as one of our dreams, APDC wants to ensure that the issue of housing deficit is brought to its knees in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and how do we achieve this, we need to meet and work with people of like minds in both public and private establishments, so we are here to see how we can partner with them whereby their staff would have opportunity to acquire their own houses in Abuja".

Speaking with Abuja Digest weekly, Magaji reiterated that, "this type of visitation and meeting of public and individuals are very key steps to be taken if we will actually reduce housing deficit in Abuja, because we have discovered that many people are not aware of this available opportunity, in fact some do not even believe that it is working, so we need to talk to people, show them how it is achievable, prove that it is really working just as we advised them here on how their staff can easily benefit from our mass housing scheme through National Housing Scheme NHS of the federal mortgage bank".

Telling on how the response was, Magaji affirmed, "at least, you can see the excitement in their faces that they really welcome the idea because the understanding we deduced from them is that if the burden of house rent is taking off the heads of the staff, it will automatically increase their productivity in the office, Magaji added. He further explained that the meeting with ABC would not end in the office but, that there are plans to take them to homes and sites to see the categories of the buildings the Company has in furtherance of the partnership.

While thanking the APDC for the meeting, the Managing Director of Abuja Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Ibrahim Damisa, promised that he would work to make the discussion a reality, adding, "this is for the good of the office because once our staff start to enjoy the benefits of this, we are very optimistic that our work will definitely experience a high level of commitment and productivity from the staff."

He continued that "it is a way to motivate and encourage our staffing. So we are very keen on our staff owning their own homes before retirement and we will do everything necessary to encourage them to key into this as early as possible". Damisa avowed. The Head, Human Resources Department of the Corporation and Head Administration Mr. Michael Dapip also believed that the partnership would go a long way to address most of the challenges facing the staff to deliver on the targets. "There is a structure on ground that would easily fast track the success of this because there is a staff cooperative society that is readily available and willing to work with management to deliver the affordable housing".

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