The Federal Government at the weekend effectively revived the stalled provision of infrastructural facilities at the Federal Sites and Services Scheme in Umunya and Awkuzu communities in Oyi Local Government of Anambra State.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, had earlier approved the deployment of public-private partnership agreement with the Association of Allottees of Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Umunya/ Awkuzu, to provide basic infrastructure on the site.
Fashola flagged off the project, which was in the pipeline since 1987, and had a large piece of land measuring about 236 hectares at Awkuzu, Section A, for the purpose of developing the National Housing Programme.
In a statement signed Renate Michael on behalf of the Director of Press, the ministry noted that 2,800 plots were allocated to members of the public since 1993 but due to paucity of funds, the site had remained undeveloped.
According to the statement, the Umunya/ Awkuzu communities’ project was revived in demonstration of the Federal Government’s resolve to address housing issues bedeviling the nation.
Speaking earlier, Col. Michael Onuorah (rtd), Chairman of the Board of Trustee, Association of Allottees, applauded efforts made by the minister to ensure that the project came alive and proudly declared that the allottees would finally actualize their housing dreams.
Col. Onuorah stated that the association was poised to deliver a modern and befitting estate that would be the envy of all.
He, therefore, sought for cooperation from all stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free process during the site construction.
The statement recalled that also present at the flag-off ceremony was His Royal Highness, Kris Onyekweluje (Eze Nya 1) Umunya with his cabinet members.
In his address, Onyekweluje commended the efforts of the Minister and the Association of the Allottees and further brought to fore issues of concerns he would love the government to address in order to stem youth restiveness in the communities.
He pledged his undying support and those of his subjects to the laudable initiative.
Benefits derivable from the project, according to the statement, include infrastructural development such as houses, roads services and electricity, water supply, drainage, hospitals and schools, job creation for mechanics, technicians, builders, masons, artisans and building materials vendors; services to new estates and new businesses will develop in the area; increase in the national housing stock translating to economic boom in the area, which will help to stem rural/urban migration.