In a bid to unclog the major city centre, the Akwa Ibom government has proposed six new estates.
Lands have however been acquired for the housing projects that would take place in Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Abasi, Onna and Uruan.
The state government in partners with the Family Homes Fund has agreed to kickstart the project with 1,000 units of several houses this month.
The commissioner for Lands and Housing who disclosed this development to newsmen said another developer will build 3,000 units of houses at odiok Itam in Itu local government council.
He said the housing projects are specifically situated at the neighbouring councils to the state capital, where workers can live and still go to work whether at the state or federal secretariat.
“These are areas we have already identified as urban areas, we want to increase the housing stocks in Akwa Ibom so that we have houses for people; we want to see how we will build low-income houses especially for civil servants at a very low cost, so that by the time they retire, they have roof over their heads,” He said.
He disclosed that the government determination and commitment at expanding the city centre has led to its partnering with a private developer to build more houses in the state.
“On the Uyo-Abak road, we have three estates in Ikot Akpayak, Ikot Mbon, Nung Ukim all on the outskirts”.
While talking on illegal markets going on in the major streets of the city centre, the commissioner said the government has already acquired land to build market before relocating the traders.
However, he lamented the way traders in the market who have stores in Udo Umana Street have refused to stay in their shops but rather troop out to the street to display their goods.