Organisation in Port Harcourt, the Collaborative Media Advocacy Platform (CMAP), has urged the Rivers State Government to come up with policies that will stimulate housing development in the state.
Speaking to The Tide in Port Harcourt in a chat shortly after a function, the Executive Director of CMAP, Mr. Michael Uwemedimo said that housing has to be connected to other areas of life to generate employment.
He said that government alone can not provide housing for the teeming demand, but that government can formulate right policies and provide legal frame work in terms of making land acquisition and title documents easier to access as well as in the mortgage system.
Uwemedimo told The Tide that the role of his organisation is to create room for dialogue and for people to participate in issues on housing and habitation, adding that CMAP does not support forceful eviction.
He said, “There ought to be adequate notice or information given to residents of any place to have themselves prepared for alternative habitation before they are evicted.”
According to him, forceful eviction and mass demolition have remained very serious challenges in our development, and that new policies that ought to correct these issues ought to be in place.
The CMAP executive also urged government to evolve housing policies that will bring about a paradigm shift in planning and execution.
Uwemedimo also tasked government on the building code policy, saying that government needs to work with professionals in the building sector so as to make the policy realizable.
“We need to play safe in our homes, and we have to increase the security, and there ought to be a proper collaboration between government and professionals in the housing sector, to move the sector forward,” he said.