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ANAMBRA TODAY: Obiano offers land for World Bank-assisted 500 housing units project

ObianoGovernor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has pledged to provide land for the im­mediate take-off of the proposed 500 units of housing project being pro­moted by the Federal Gov­ernment in select states of the federation.

Anambra State is among the states that have been selected as pilot states to benefit from a special World Bank-funded urban housing scheme, which is being han­dled in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Devel­opment, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Ministry of Fi­nance and the Nigeria Mort­gage Refinance Company.

The scheme involves the construction of 10,000 hous­ing units across the country to be funded by the World Bank through the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Com­pany to the tune of $300 million with a retention rate of 40 years. Each of the pilot states will have a maximum of 500 units of housing and each house will carry a 20-year mortgage facility.

During a visit to the Min­ister of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Mrs Akon Etim Eyakenyi, yes­terday, Governor Obiano pledged to offer serviced land with title in a matter of weeks to facilitate the im­mediate take-off of the proj­ect in Anambra State.

The governor, who field­ed questions from newsmen immediately after the visit, said housing was a vital enabler to the major policy thrusts of his administration and that he was determined to pursue a vigorous housing policy that would change the landscape of the three lead­ing cities in the state, Onit­sha, Awka and Nnewi.

According to him, his administration had set up an ambitious plan that would transform Awka, the state capital, into one of the perfectly planned and organised cities in the federation with a special attention to aesthetics and functionality.

“I have inaugurated a special Awka Capital Ter­ritory Development Board with a clear mandate to give Ndi Anambra an ultra-modern city with all the functional and aesthetic balance that any city in the 21st century should have. We are determined to achieve that,” he explained.

Speaking on the feasi­bility of the take-off of the housing scheme in Anam­bra State, a renowned ar­chitect and foremost hous­ing consultant, Ezekiel Nya Etok, revealed that going by the governor’s enthusi­asm, the contractors who were expected to handle the project would be mo­bilising to the site in July.

“The contractors may move to site in July. The governor has demonstrated a great deal of interest,” he explained and further pointed out that Anambra would likely be the first state in the federation to benefit from the scheme.

Following the count­down to the commemora­tion of his first 100-days in office, Governor Obiano had been upbeat in his quest to seal every agree­ment and pact that would stand the state in good stead to experience a momentous growth in infrastructural and socio-economic terms.

On Tuesday, the gover­nor had paid a courtesy call on the Federal Minster of the Environment, Laurentia Mallam, in Abuja, to iron out environmental issues that constituted a source of concern in Anambra State.

To give fillip to the Fed­eral Government’s initia­tive on the war against soil erosion, Governor Obiano had also pledged to provide the N500 million coun­terpart funding to ensure that Anambra State was given priority attention.

Anthony-Claret Onwutalobi
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