Some civil servants in
Port Harcourt have blamed the high cost of accommodation in major cities of Nigeria particularly Port Harcourt on the failure of the three tiers of government to come up with sustainable housing policies.
The public officers who interacted with The Tide in Port Harcourt on matters relating to accommodation costs have also preferred that government at all levels should embark on massive construction of housing estates for low and middle income earners in the country, as a means to check the trend.
Making his position known to The Tide, a civil servant and resident of Port Harcourt, Mr Alfred Amadi, said that if the federal, state and local governments could embark on massive constriction of houses for low and middle income workers, it would go a long way in reducing the high cost of accommodation.
To provide a sustainable solution to the matter, a teacher,Mrs Roseline Wokem; on her part suggested to the state governments to make plots of land available for mass housing project for workers.
She also posited that the support of the private sector is essential to shore up the level of investment required to meet the enormous demand for housing and provision of infrastructure which government alone cannot provide.
Meanwhile, Felix Chima, a civil servant has said that one of the ways to reverse the trend was for government to work out modalities aimed at promoting access to home ownership and affordability by giving free land to developers, which will have multiplier effect.