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HOUSING AND URBAN RENEWAL

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08 Nov

HOUSING AND URBAN RENEWAL

One of the necessities of man is shelter and Governor Udom Emmanuel is vigorously tackling the housing needs of the people of the state. In keeping with the recommendation of the white paper by the ‘Presidential committee on Urban Development and Housing,” Governor Emmanuel has ensured access to decent, safe and healthy housing facility and house ownership by the people of the state as well as map out a well planned urbanization for the state.


    To this end, government is committed to providing quality housing and urban renewal services as well as decent and affordable accommodation to the teeming populace.


    Below are milestones of the present administration in the sector within the period under review.

        Renovation of dilapidated structures at St. Luke’s Hospital, Anua. The Administrative block, Pediatric ward and the Male Medical Blocks were given a new lease of life.

        Construction of a brand new Gynecology/Maternity Block in memory of the selfless services rendered in the medical facility by the pioneer Irish Gynecologist, Rev. Sister Dr. Ann Ward and named after her. This block was provided with an 86-bed Ante-natal/post-natal ward, nurses station, nursery and recovery section. The entire environment was turned around with hard and soft landscaping.

        10th Anniversary building was finished as a 4-storey office edifice with over 600m2floor area and 3 No. access lifts. The office complex comprises of state-of-the-art accommodation for about 400 offices, 3 Conference rooms, Auditorium, Cafeteria for staff and VIPs, and Chambers for Traditional Rulers Council. Other facilities include well laid-out lawns and green areas, parking lots for over 150 cars and heavy duty trucks, staff clinic, technical workshops and service building.

        Influx of investors in housing development desiring to partner the government in the development of residential estates, designed to be self-reliant in terms of support facilities, commercial and multi-storey office buildings, mixed-use and terrace buildings. Each of the projects is expected to be executed based on a public-private-partnership (PPP) arrangement with the government providing land and basic infrastructure.

 Renovation of Cornelia Connelly College, Uyo

Continued upgrade and maintenance of public buildings


TWO YEARS OF WORKING BEYOND THE PROMISE

HOUSING AND SPECIAL DUTIES

The Ministry of Housing and Special Duties has made the following indelible marks in the housing sub-sector within the lifetime of the Administration:

  Giving a lease of life to the Administrative and Pediatric/Male Medical Blocks at the St. Luke’s Hospital, Anua, Uyo, even as a new Gynaecology/Maternity Block was also constructed in memory of the pioneer Irish Gynaecologist, Rev. Sister Dr. Ann Ward, for her selfless services rendered in the medical facility. The block has an 86-bed ante-natal/post-natal ward, nurses’ station, nursery, and recovery section.

  The four-storey former 10th Anniversary Hotel building was completed and converted into an office edifice. It has more than 600m2 floor area and three access elevators. The new office complex consists of modern accommodation for about 400 offices, three conference rooms, auditorium, staff/VIP cafeteria, and Traditional Rulers Council Chambers. Other facilities include lawns and green areas, parking lots for more than 150 cars and heavy duty trucks, staff clinic, technical workshops and service building.

  Influx of investors in housing development seeking partnership with government to alleviate the housing problems in the state. Proposals received include development of residential estates, designed to be self-reliant in terms of support facilities; commercial and multi-storey office buildings; mixed-use and terrace buildings. Each of the projects is expected to be executed based on a public-private-partnership (PPP) arrangement, with government providing land and basic infrastructure as part of its counterpart investment.

UNITY LUXURY ESTATE PROJECT:

The State Government is to provide a site and services for low and very low density luxury flat in Unity Luxury Estate, located at Ibiaku Issiet and Ibiaku Obio Ndobo Villages, off Airport Road, Uruan LGA. The services that will be provided at the Estate through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangement include: regular water supply, regular electricity using gas turbines, central sewage disposal system, fiber optic cable, police station, safe city security system, fire station, good road network with drainage system, recreational facilities, shopping malls, crèche and primary school and no generating sets. The site measuring consisting of a land area of about 159 hectares is still being cleared.

RELOCATION OF UYO FEDERAL PRISON: The project entails construction of a modern prison complex, with state-of-the-art facilities providing adequate security and accommodating 1,000 inmates and a residential area for about 36 prison staff.  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed, Governor Udom Emmanuel endorsed for Akwa Ibom State whiles the Minister of Interior, Rt. Gen. Abdulraman Dambazau endorsed for the Federal Government for the construction of the new structure on the 15 hectares of land donated to the Nigerian Prisons Service by Ikot Oku Ikono.


  Ibom International Airport Project: The government is committed to completing all existing projects for the good of the citizenry and to boost the economy. Ibom International Airport is one of the projects inherited by this government. Construction of 3.6 kilometers x 60meters wide Taxiway is ongoing.


  Ibom International Airport Power Sub-Station: The Ministry has embarked on reconstruction and upgrading of the switch gear and panels building of the Ibom Power Sub-Station.This is aimed at providing dedicated public power for running the Airport which is now being run with generating plants