The State Government
says it is willing to key into the Housing Development Scheme of the Nigerian Army for it civil and public servants.
Governor Ben Ayade made this known when he received a team from the Nigerian Army Post Service Housing Development Limited in Government House, Calabar.
The Governor who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, said the houses must not be prototype of those replicated in other estates spread across the country, but must be of peculiar designs that would stand-out and meet the expectations of New Cities concept of the present administration.
According to him, the quality of the houses will determine their nearness to the location of the Super Highway which is one of the Signature Projects of this administration adding there are appropriate Government functionaries and officers that will guide through the necessary procedures.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Army Post Serving Housing Scheme, Brig. General Gora remarked that the earlier concept was later expanded to accommodate other members of the public and deliberately modified to stop further replication of the Barracks standards.
He said that the Army would want to partake in good work the present Administration was doing adding that there would be no sentiment in the consideration of people for allocation of the properties.
Speaking while presenting the delegation to the Governor, the Chairman of the New City Development, Mr. J. D. Agba said the office was a new creation of the Senator (Prof.) Ben Ayade-led administration to engender development in the State.
Mr. Agba who stated that the houses would be in three (3) categories vis-à-vis low, medium and high costing depending on the financial standing of those who would want to patronise the scheme, added that the Nigerian Army Housing unit was ready and willing to partner with Cross River State.
Friay Nwagbara, Calabar