By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”As part of measures aimed at making houses affordable for Bayelsans, the state government has concluded arrangements to construct 2,000 housing units in Yenagoa, the state capital, this fiscal year.
The state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Chief Ayakeme Whisky, disclosed this in Yenagoa while receiving members of the Great Sagbama House who visited him.
He said the present administration in the state attached great importance to the provision of shelter to her subjects because conducive accommodation was one of the basic necessities of life.
The commissioner said already a prototype of the houses was on the way in Yenagoa, but lamented paucity of funds as one hindrance facing his ministry.
Responding to the call by the Great Sagbama House for him to be its patron, Whisky said â€œall I have seen today is like a miracle because it is a spontaneous visit by members of the House led by its President, Mr. Francis Kolokolo.â€
Whisky, however, commended members of the Great Sagbama House and called for unity among people of the area, saying â€œmy vision of leadership is for people to come together to improve on the local economy.â€
In his remarks, the Commissioner in Bayelsa Local Government Service Commission, Mr. Okubo Ombu, described Whisky as a hard working man that the group would continue to emulate.
According to him, â€œwe are overwhelmed to be with Whisky on this solidarity visit because we love and cherish him. He is one who identifies with the youths of the area. He is not just a leader but a credible one.â€
Earlier, the President of the Great Sagbama House, Mr. Francis Kolokolo, said the group, which is a voluntary organisation saw Chief Whisky as a role model and a senior partner in Bayelsa politics.
He said the group felt happy interacting with the commissioner because the members learn from him at any given time.
â€œYou can deliver at any given time when called upon. You can take Sagbama to greater and enviable heights,â€ Kolokolo said.