By Chris Ochayi
ODI—The Federal Government has concluded plans to allocate a total of 40 housing units to victims of Odi military invasion in Bayelsa State, whose houses were destroyed fourteen years ago when the Nigerian Army invaded the community, acting on the orders of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The houses to be received by the victims in the community include 40 units of two and three bedrooms. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, who disclosed this weekend while inspecting the housing project, said the houses would be given free of charge to those affected by the invasion.
Orubebe, who explained that the project was also being replicated in each of the nine states of the oil rich Niger Delta, said that of Odi and some others would be completed in July this year.
He said: “When Odi was destroyed; there was a presidential directive to assist the community with some buildings.
“When the initiative came up, there were agitations from other states so we took a uniform decision that we should build 40-housing units for each of the nine states in the Niger Delta.
“Unfortunately, there were no budgetary provisions in 2012, very lean provisions in 2011 and so contractors stopped work.
“But this year, we have been able to squeeze some money to enable contractors complete these housing units so that we can give them to indigenes to use.”
“The houses will be given to people who are in need and it will take care of 40 families and you what numbers that will add up to.
“We want our citizens particularly those in this region to feel the impact of their resources and the families that will get the buildings will be transformed.”