By Zika Bobby
Anambra State Governor Chukwuma Soludo has been asked to address housing challenges in the state capital by working with private sector providers.
The managing director of Daniel Bob Group Limited, a property development company, Daniel Orji, said in a statement that the growing housing shortage in Awka was due to the failure of previous administrations to invest in the area.
He said he was sad that there is no active or functioning government-owned real estate project in Awka despite the good number of large tracts of land being cleared for this purpose.
He called on the governor to audit land allocation in the Capital Territory and set a deadline by which landowners must develop those that are inactive.
Orji tapped Soludo to create a bank specializing in mortgage finance to create low-interest loans for state developers.
He urged the Governor to review the 3-Arms area project at Isiagu in Awka South Local Government Area which had been abandoned at various stages of execution.
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 headquarters of Nigeria State Security and Civil Defense Corps have been completed, the governor should encourage them to move in to encourage others.