The Ministry of Niger Delta has allocated a total of 360 housing units to the nine states in the region, in its first phase of housing development aimed at addressing housing problem in the region.
Minister of Niger Delta, Chief Obong Ufot Ekaette, disclosed this recently when the executive members of the Akwa Ibom Community in Abuja, paid him a courtesy call in his office.
Ekaette noted that the achievement of the ministry in the region since its establishment has justified its creation.
â€œIn my capacity as the Niger Delta Minister with my Minster of State, we are doing everything possible to make sure that the programmes put in place regarding the development of the region are adequately implemented. We acknowledge the fact that there are challenges but, by the grace of God, we would be in the position to fulfill our obligations to the people of the Niger Delta.,â€
He gave assurance of the determination of the Federal Government to achieve its goal for the region through the ministry. â€œWe thank God that this government has taken the bull by the horn, by adopting aÂ measure that would change the face of the region.
â€œOur emphasis in the Ministry in accordance to the Federal Government plan, is on the mega structures because, as a medium through which the government wants to fast-track the development of the region, we should not be competing with the state government, or other agencies of government that are working in the Niger Delta but we should concentrate on mega programmes that would impact positively on the region.â€
On the ministryâ€™s housing scheme for the region, the Minister stated: â€œWe have allocated 40 units of houses to each state in the Niger Delta, which amounts to 360 housing units as a first stage of addressing the problems of housing in the region. Weâ€™ve also awarded contract on solar protection on land reformation, we have skill acquisition centres in each state to ensure that youths are adequately informed and empowered.â€