The housing shortage in Akwa Ibom State will be reduced significantly and some families taken off the housing market as the state government in collaboration with Family Home Fund perfect plans to build 1000 housing units in five local government areas of the state.
The benefiting local government areas are Uyo, Eket, lkot Abasi, Onna and Uruan. Given an average of four persons in a family comprising father, mother and two children, it means that, cumulatively, about 4,000 persons will be living in their own homes in these local government areas when these houses are completed and delivered to the beneficiary-workers. Authorities of the state government told us that, in addition to the 1000 housing units, the state government has also acquired a parcel of land for a luxury estate that will deliver 555 units of houses in Uye, the state capital.
Ime Ekpo, the state commissioner for lands and housing, explained that the state government’s partnership with Family Home Fund on this project was to ease housing shortage in the local government areas, noting that people were moving to those areas because of increased economic activities.
“These are areas that people are moving into. We want to increase the housing stock for the people and we want civil servants to have their houses before retirement,” he said.
Ekpo disclosed that 50 hectares of land had been acquired for the state government-owned Akwa Ibom Property and Investment Company (APICO) for civil servants only, saying that the housing units would be completed within six months.
The commissioner lamented the distortion in the master plan of the state capital which, according to him, has resulted in flooding within the city centre, revealing that a committee has been raised to bring down all illegal structures including churches as part controlled development in the slate capital.
Source: Anifiok Udonquak
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