The Akwa Ibom State government, in its bid to tackle envisaged housing problem arising from the expanding economy, has approved N26.95bn for the construction of about 2000 housing units in the state.
State Commissioner for Information and Social Re-orientation, Mr. Aniekan Umana, who disclosed this in Uyo, said that the first phase of the project involves 1100 units, comprising 500 detached bungalows to be located in the state capital, while 300 units would be sited in Ikot Ekpene and another 300 in Eket.
Umana said that the approval was given at a State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Godswill Akpabio in a move to tackle the envisaged housing problem that may arise as a result of the various activities of government meant to expand the economy of the state.
â€œThe decision to build the houses across the state was informed by the need to tackle the housing challenges of the people, especially in view of the growing developmental activities which have resulted in more people migrating to Uyo, the state capital.
â€œThe housing project, which will be executed in phases under a direct labour approach, will also serve as a means of empowering the people. Accordingly, phase one of the project is scheduled for commissioning on May 29, 2010, while phase two will be ready by December of the same year,â€ he stated.