Developer urges government to partner with private sector for mass housing

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The Managing Director of Daniel Bob Group Limited, a property development company, Daniel Orji advised the Anambra State Government to address the housing challenges in the state, especially in the capital, Awka, by collaborating with private sector suppliers.

Orji said the growing housing shortage in Awka was due to the failure of previous administrations to invest in the area.

He said so on Saturday while lamenting that there is no active or functioning government-owned real estate project in Awka despite the good number of large tracts of land being inaugurated for this purpose.

He therefore called on the governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, to audit land allocation in the Capital Territory and set a deadline by which landowners must develop dormant ones.

Orji called on the governor, as a matter of policy, to establish a specialized mortgage finance bank to create low-interest loans for developers in the state.

“I want to ask the governor to check the land allocation in Awka, so much land has been taken from the communities by the government and sold to officials without developing it.

“Walk around Awka, there is no active government estate, where you see the works being done are those that private developers like Daniel Bob are managing, we have the capacity to work with the government of the Anambra State to provide mass and affordable housing in Awka.

“We are ready to partner with the government to solve the housing problem, let me also take this opportunity to request Governor Soludo to establish a special bank, like Anambra Mortgage Bank, for civil servants to allow access to cheap funding through developers,” he said.

Orji urged Soludo to review the 3 arms zone project at Isiagu in Awka South Local Government Area which had been abandoned at various stages of implementation.

He said Isiagu represents New Awka but could not take off due to lack of government presence, critical infrastructure and social amenities.

According to him, some projects in Isiagu like the State Headquarters of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps have been completed, adding that while the Governor encouraged them to move in with the owners of other completed projects, they would would encourage others to move in.

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