Raymond Ozoji, Awka
As part of efforts to address the housing needs of Ndi-Anambra, the state commmissioner for housing, Arch. Michael Maduakonam Okonkwo, has revealed government’s decision to kickstart social housing scheme.
He stated this while speaking on projects the present administration plans to complete and also commence new ones for the overriding purpose of bridging the gap between housing supply and housing demands in the state.
Okonkwo told our correspondent that by next year government would have started building for social housing because the state has made great strides between the upper and the middle income brackets by the way government conducted its Public Private Partnership policy under the think-home philosophy.
According to him, “The federal government came to us requesting land where they will build minimum of 500 housing units for social. This is another veritable way of providing low cost housing for citizens.”
The commmissioner said that through the “Aku Luo Uno model”, government has provided a lot of housing stock which is apparently closing gaps of housing deficits, adding that the Millennium City Estate, Nkwelle GRA, Dozzy Oil Estate as well as many more housing estates that government is about to start in Anambra state.
Okonkwo who has served as commissioner for environment and chairman of the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, further disclosed that the high courts in Ogbunike, Ekwulobia, Aguleri, Oba and other locations would be completed.
He also said that general hospitals in the state were under renovations, emphasizing that Onitsha, Enugwu-Ukwu and Ekwulobia general hospitals were being given facelifts and would be completed too.
The commmissioner opined that the airport project is as good as completed but the only issue is the terminal building which would require a lot of sophistication. But be that as it may, the airport project according to the commmissioner would be another legacy project the governor will bequeath to Ndi-Anambra.
Another legacy project the commmissioner said government would hand over to Ndi-Anambra next year was the International Conference Centre.
He said that the building was at the roofing stage and that efforts were being intensified to ensure government delivered the project and other housing projects to the citizens next year.