The Chief Executive Officer of The Millard Fuller Foundation, Sam Odia, has reinstated the organization’s commitment to delivering affordable, low-priced and climate-smart homes to Nigerians, stating that truly affordable homes can be achieved if we put our mind to it.
Odia, who stated this while speaking during a session at the just concluded Africa International Housing Show, which was held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, from Monday, 25th July to Thursday, 28th July 2022, noted that MFF has been able to record successes in its housing delivery over the years because of its low pricing which majority of Nigerians can key into.
While speaking under the theme “Learning from Experience: Building on What has Worked, Fireside Chats with CEOs With Successful Case Studies,” alongside other notable CEOs in the built industry like Rev. (Surv) Ugo Chime of COPEN Group, Saadiya Aliyu of Urban Shelter, Robert Hornsby of Jobomax Global, Gbenga Onimowo of Lafarge Africa, Odia noted that inclusiveness is key when it comes to housing the low-income. In his words, “Our desire to ensure inclusiveness in all that we do is why we are building houses that 80% of Nigerians can afford.”
While stating that sustainability and scalability are key in the delivery of quality affordable homes, Odia noted that MFF has been able to achieve its low prices because of several factors, which include training of artisans, technical skills development, training and upscaling, setting up a project management unit within the organization made up of qualified and experienced project management personnel, and low-profit margins, among several other factors.
Campluvu 2 Estate, Masaka, Nasarawa State developed by MFF with funding from Reall UK.
It will be recalled that the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON, on Friday, 11th February 2022, commissioned the 248-unit affordable housing estate developed by the Millard Fuller Foundation in Masaka, a few kilometres from the Federal Capital City Abuja, aimed at providing affordable homes for low- and middle-income earners. The Vice-President also unveiled the Fuller One Million Naira ($2,500) incremental ‘shell’ house, a research project to provide simple, decent, and affordable homes for low-income earners.