WorldStage NewsOnline—-The Federal Government has inaugurated 40 units of two-bedroom and three-bedroom housing estate at Ikpiri Ikang, Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River.
During the inauguration Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Usani Usani, said the intention of the government was to accommodate those who were deprived such as widows and some of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Bakassi LGA.
He said the government was building the estate in order to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor because it was actually concerned about the welfare of the poor in the society.
“A man without an accommodation is like a mad man and will never be able to effectively plan his life.
“The government understands this, and by providing social interventions such as housing, it is also intervening in household economies,” he said.
The minister, however, expressed displeasure that most of the beneficiaries of the apartments were either not from Bakassi LGA or not the deprived that the government built the estate for.
“Some of the people whose names are on the list of beneficiaries are not supposed to be occupants of these houses.
“The reason for building this estate is because the government is trying to achieve housing for all.
“We are going to work with the paramount ruler to get the real people who should occupy these houses.
“We are also going to give plots of land in the estate to the people who have been securing it and the community leaders will be given plots too,” he said.