Nigeria: Akwa Ibom Addresses Shelter Deficit, Flags Off Housing Estate in Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State government has taken a giant leap towards reducing the deficit of befitting shelter for its citizens.

Governor Udom Emmanuel, while flagging-off Emily Haven, a residential estate in Uyo, the State capital, for senior state and federal government officials on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, remarked that his administration would continue to anchor its programmes and policies on crucial issues affecting common people including the provision of shelter and decent accommodation, especially for the civil servants.

According to Governor Emmanuel, "A labourer deserves his wages, and we thought we could reduce the burden on them when they retire by providing them with this prime property in the heart of the city.

"This is the only estate that is located within the ambience of a ten-lane ring road in this state. This estate would guarantee safety and security with other facilities for the residents."

He said that the state government was providing site and services for the development of the estate, while subscribers will be allowed to build to their taste and individual designs in line with the developer's guidelines and specifications.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, Pastor Umo Eno, has hinted that the estate land was one of the properties recovered by the Land Recovery Committee set up by the governor with the mandate to recover all government landed properties with a view to checking the activities of trespassers and other illegal occupants.

According to Pst. Eno, "This property was acquired by the state government in 1991. Unfortunately it was abandoned and there was massive encroachment but we were able to recover it and we enjoyed the cooperation from all the Chiefs in this community."

The Commissioner hinted that, "This estate has about one hundred plots allocated to judges and other senior government officials at both the state and federal government levels. This estate is fenced round, and with the construction of the Ring Road III, this estate is linked to the city almost immediately."

On his part, the Paramount Ruler of Uyo, HRM Edidem Sylvanus Okon, commended Governor Emmanuel for driving development and expansion of the city through physical infrastructure and urbanisation.

Similarly, Mr. Mfon Imoh, an indigene of Ifa Ikot Okpon and a Welder, expressed excitement over the new development, saying that with the coming of the estate, his craft will receive a boost in terms of clientele and the community will also experience a boom in infrastructural development thus stimulating economic activities and ancillary jobs for indigenes of the area.

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