Abia State government has unveiled plans to build a 60-unit housing estate in each of the 17 council areas of the state, totalling 1,020 houses across the state.
Commissioner for Housing, Chief Osita Igbe, who stated this in an interview with Vanguard , said the housing project was part of efforts by the state government to boost grassroots across the state.
Igbe explained that arrangements were set to engage the private sector and mortgage banks to deliver the houses that would have civil servants, members of trade associations and unions designated as beneficiaries.
He said: “The state government is planning something new in the area of mass housing. Inasmuch as we intend to decongest the capital city, we equally desire to create greater opportunities for civil servants and members of trade associations to own houses in their local government areas of origin.
“By the time the houses are completed and delivered to the beneficiaries, you will see other ancillary services naturally taking place, which of course, will drive development in the 17 council areas.”