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Burkina firm to build 50,000 homes in Liberia

The Deputy Managing Director for Administration of the National Housing Authority (NHA), Tugbeh C. Tugbeh, has disclosed that the Burkinabe construction firm, GELPAZ, is poised to build 50,000 housing units for low income earners in Liberia.Addressing a news conference at the National Housing Authority in Monrovia Thursday, Tugbeh said the houses which will be built in the 15 counties will be sold for $12,000.

The Deputy NHA boss who just returned from a six-day working visit in Burkina-Faso, said GELPAZ is a private construction firm involved in providing low income and affordable housing.

He assured Liberians that the NHA will seek more funding for the provision of low cost and medium income housing units to ensure that they live in modern housing units, noting that such development for low and medium income citizens is in line with President George Weah’s infrastructural plans for the country.

The delegation to Burkina Faso that Mr. Tugbeh headed visited the company’s housing manufacturing plant and toured facilities on site.

The company is specialized in roofing, siding, foundations, zincing and furnishing, Tugbeh said.

He added that many, if not all the materials used in these facilities are 90 percent locally made alternative building materials.

According to Tugbeh, he had held fruitful discussions with its board of directors, as well as contracting companies performing duties on site and negotiated for funding opportunity for various slum upgrading projects across Liberia.

He and his delegation also visited few construction sites to have a better understanding of what is best and suitable for Liberia, given the country’s climatic condition and soil type.

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