The Rivers State Government, has said that it is determined to keep the Diobu housing estate scheme alive.
Speaking while interacting with newsmen in Port Harcourt last Friday, the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi stated that the vision for the Diobu housing estate was to cater for low income earners.
He said that the initial cost projection for the project was about N9 billion, but that after current evaluations and costing, the new cost projection had been reviewed, which now stood at N21 billion.
Amaechi maintained that the Diobu housing estate project would be specifically built to cater for the housing needs of low-income earners, adding that government would ensure that the right calibre of people that the estate was meant for would be the ones to benefit when completed.
The governor who was reacting to a question on his plans and program-mes on housing development in the state over which he had not said much lately, remarked that his administration also had other housing estate projects to embark upon soonest, apart from the Rainbow town estate.
On the de-roofed Nigerian Union of Journalists building at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre in Moscow Road, the governor assured members of the forth estate of the realm that government was determined to build the NUJ secretariat, even though there had been delays along the line.
To this end, the governor assured that he was going to liaise with the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari on the process for execution of the project.