INTRODUCING THE REBUILD IMO ESTATE PHASE 1 AS GOVERNOR IHEDIOHA FLAGS OFF 1000 HOUSING UNITS AT AZARA OWALLA EMEKUKU IN OWERRI NORTH LGA AMIDST COMMENDATIONS:
- Njoku MacDonald Obinna
Owerri North LGA, Imo State .
There is no gain saying the obvious fact that shelter , house , or accommodation ranks among the top priorities of humans’ needs ; as it protects one from the scorching sun, rainfall, life threatening winds , insects , cold or hot temperatures and even from enemy observation.
In some areas or circumstances, your need for shelter or accommodation may take precedence over your need for food or clothing as social survey has disclosed the incessant embarrassment stranded tenants wade through in the hands of many landlords and host communities ❗
In Nigeria , and lmo State in particular, the problem of housing deficit has been compounded by the rapid rates of urbanization and economic growth .
The prevalence of failed housing schemes and projects in the state which was an inherited offshoot from previous administrations , and the non- availability of public utilities services in existing estates ; have also remained a source of grave concern to The New Imo State Housing Corporation under the watch of Arch. Chidi Okoli, Mnia , FIMIC .
From the light of above , and in keeping to his promise and avowed commitment in systematically addressing the housing deficit in the state while making provisions for quality , decent , affordable and sufficient housing for lmo people , the state governor , His Excellency , Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha , CON, KSC , was yesterday ,
Thursday , December 19 , 2019; performed the ground breaking ceremony for the ongoing construction of the proposed 1000 Housing Units at the heart of Azara Owalla satellite town , Emekuku , Owerri North LGA ; a distance of 10 minutes drive to the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport ✈✈✈.
Addressing the Azara Owalla Emekuku host community and its leadership , before performing the ground breaking ceremony for the ongoing construction of the proposed 1000 Housing Units of the Rebuild Imo Estate Phase 1 project (The Riverpark); Governor Emeka Ihedioha explained that efforts to meet the housing need of lmo people is on top of the priorities of the Rebuild Imo Administration* , as the governor has taken bold and practical steps , despite the dilapidated and comatose state of the inherited Imo Housing Corporation , as the new management is poised towards readdressing the current and pitiable situation and make lmolites proud of the state again after a very long time .
In his own words during his public address , the state governor was captured to have posited as follows ; ” I indicated my commitment to tackle the housing deficit in the state. To this effect , we took concrete steps to strength the lmo State Housing Corporation to enable it deliver on this mandate*”❗
“Mapped out a comprehensive plan to providing affordable housing to both the middle and low income earners in the state. Part of the strategy involved partnership arrangement with primary Mortgages institutions and other commercial banking institutions”❗
“Our target is to provide 5000 affordable homes by the year 2023. In addition, we are planing for a Social Housing Initiative which will create about 25,000 jobs in the next four years❗
While rounding off his speech, governor Emeka Ihedioha commended the good people of Azara Owalla Emekuku , Owerri North LGA , for being equity shareholders and stakeholders in the project rather than demanding for paltry and temporary ‘Marching ground fees’ that does not last for a life time.
Looking at the state of the Imo Housing Corporation , in retrospect , there has been flagrant display of mismanagement and negligence from previous administrations which caused a number of structural and institutional damages in the State Housing Sector , leaving behind a nonfunctional sector pleading for immediate attention.
Nonetheless, with the renewed efforts of the new management of the Corporation under Arch. Chidi C. Okoli and his team ; a new vista has been opened as this huge Rebuild Imo Estate Phase 1 Project received the expressed approval of the state government through a Public Private Partnership Initiative -PPPI.
The Riverpark Housing , also known as Rebuild Imo Estate Phase 1; is situated at the highbrow serene environment and conducive atmosphere in the very heart of Azara Owalla Emekuku satellite town , Owerri North LGA , Imo State.
4thestatereporters.com gathered from the benefit of hindsight the description and proposed estate facilities to include ;
Underground electricity cabling system, street light system within the estate , estate asphalt roads with walk ways , relaxation centre, convenient store , pharmacy and a security post . If the above is anything to judge by , no doubt , it is one of the biggest deals or offers made by the Rebuild Imo Administration to both the prospective buyers and other interested development partners ❗
However , the epoch -making event had in attendance the cream of both traditional and political leadership of the community; as His Royal Highness , Eze Malachy Onu (Olele 111 of Agbala , Owerri North); HRH Eze Chris. A. Nwamara (Eze Uto 11 of Azaraubo Emekuku Autonomous Community) and HRH, Eze B.O. Nelson Anyanwu ; led members of their Councils of Chiefs to give the occasion a colorful outlook❗
Other dignitaries in attendance included but not limited to ; Amb. Dr (Mrs.) Kema Chikwe (Igolo) ; a former Nigerian Minister of Aviation, Chief Ambrose Ejiogu, Hon. Philip Ejiogu , House member representing Owerri North State Constituency , Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi representing Owerri West State Constituency , Hon (Sir.) Amara Iwuanyanwu ; House Committee Chairman on Housing & Urban Development , Arch. Chidi .C. Okoli; General Manager of Imo State Housing Corporation, Nze Ray Emeana , Board chairman, Imo State Housing Corporation, Prof. Jude Njoku, Chief (Engr.) Celestine Opurum*; amongst other personalities .
While speaking with the Managing Director of Silver Lake Construction Company Ltd ; the Consultants and Developers for the Imo State Housing Corporation , Mr. Ikenna Uzoka , he maintained very strongly that; the Imo Rebuild Estate Phase- 1 has accessible good road network and very affordable ; as there is provision for flexibility and spread of payment for one year with 5% discount for early buyers* 🤷🏾♂🤷🏾♂❗
The Managing Director of Federal Housing Authority Mortgage Bank Limited , Mr. Hayatudden Atiku Awwal and other Management Staff were also on ground to play professional advisory role as Mortgage Bankers ❗
Commending the governor and the Imo State Housing Corporation, the State Commissioner for Housing & Urban Development , Chief Nick Amaefula described the scheme as a practical demonstration of the readiness of the government to meet the aspirations of the people as the market is open for all interested parties both home and abroad .
What are you waiting for ?
Would you rather not visit the Marketing Department of the New Imo State Housing Corporation along MCC Road , Owerri?
One big deal with too many prospective buyers❗
- Njoku MacDonald Obinna
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