Senate Committee on Lands has hailed Anambra State government for commitment toward partnering the Federal Government in the contribution to the National Housing Scheme.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Banabas Gemade, said this when he led his committee on a courtesy visit to Governor Willie Obiano, at Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, on Tuesday.
Other members who were in Anambra include Uwajumogu Benjamin from Imo State, Urhoghide Aishagbonnriodion from Edo State, and other personalities.
The Committee was in Anambra on an oversight function and toured three Federal Government projects in the state. The projects are the Federal Secretariat, Zik’s Mausoleum and National Housing Projects.
Gemade noted the readiness of the Federal Government to partner states for realisation of the National Housing Schemes.
He commended Obiano for providing land for the housing project, but noted that some other states had yet to express interest in embracing the scheme.
“For a very long time since President Shehu Shagari days in office, no government has embarked on National Housing Programme. The APC government has made an attempt.
“We really want to partner with state governments to ensure that they contribute to housing needs of citizens in their various states. Not many states have been forthcoming, but Anambra is contributing toward the project,’’ Gemade said.
The committee chairman described the Zik’s Mausoleum “as a monument that must be completed to preserve the legacies of the country’s past leader.’’
He re-assured that the Mausoleum would be delivered before September this year.
Obiano commended the committee for its interest at ensuring timely completion of federal projects sited in the state, saying he was particularly happy that the contract sum for the Mausoleum had been fully paid.