Gabriel Enenche —
Anambra Governor, Professor Charles Soludo has inaugurated the Anambra State Housing Development Corporation Board.
In a statement released by the Press Secretary to the governor, Christian Aburime, the Board, tasked with aligning with the Governor’s transformation agenda and the yearnings of the masses for proper housing will be chaired by former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Emeka Sibeudu.
The Governor acknowledged the country’s huge housing deficit and said Anambra state lacks adequate housing data which is critical.
“Your functions ascribed to the corporation are so vast but, we know everything about the commission is building housing estates, and all I’m asking is that this is the time to build quality houses for Anambra people, he said.
“The current estates are not what one would expect in an ‘A’ state such as Anambra. We should have a mantra that says, “This is not how houses in Anambra are supposed to be.
“Our estates should be built with complete streets and pedestrian walkways. There can be no estate without pedestrian walkways. We appear to be the only people on the planet who do not build where people walk. It is not a liveable estate if it is missing. People should be able to get out of their homes and go for a walk in order for the estate to be considered livable, Soludo said.
“We want our estates to be models in terms of drainage, pathways, a clean and green environment, having waste disposals; it should be a complete, end-to-end modernization process.
“I would like to believe that in the future, this corporation will expand from building commercial houses to a mass housing development for workers, middle to low-income earners, and so on”, the Governor added.
Houses for the elderly
The Governor emphasized that he also wants a housing estate for the elderly because our society, particularly Nigerian society, does not care much for this group of people, and many elderly people are lonely and dying silently.
He thanked the board members for accepting to serve, describing it as a huge arm in making his transformational agenda a reality.