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Don urges development of housing data bank in Akwa Ibom


UYO – A Don, Dr Edidiong Ebitu, has advised the Akwa Ibom Government to do a study on the housing[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”8″]
needs of its citizens and develop data bank on it.
Ebitu, who teaches Management Science at the University of Calabar, gave the advice on Friday in Uyo [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The don noted that though the administration of Gov. Godswill Akpabio, had built some key [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]infrastructure, the housing sector was yet to receive adequate attention.
Ebitu said that a study in the sector would help to know how many people own houses, the type of houses[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″] available and the housing needs in the state.
He explained that from the study, a data bank on housing would be developed for proper budgeting and execution of housing projects in the state.
Ebitu observed that in the past seven years of Gov. Akpabio’s administration, no housing estate had been inaugurated.
He urged the state government to build houses and give them out at affordable prices to low income earners.
“Housing is a basic necessity, so infrastructure development should include housing for the masses,” Ebitu said.
NAN reports that Gov. Akpabio had acknowledged during his 2015 budget presentation before the state House of Assembly that his efforts at providing houses since 2007 had suffered setbacks.
“Our major housing estates in Uyo and Ikot Ekpene, which have about 2,000 housing units each is at advanced stages of completion.
“Housing, which is so crucial to human existence, will continue to receive the needed framework to make the masses feel the dividends of democracy,” Akpabio said.
NAN further reports that out of the total N462 billion budget estimates for 2015, the housing and urban development sector got N36.74 billion.
Akpabio had explained that the huge allocation to the sector was intended to consolidate and complete ongoing projects. (NAN)

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