Anambra targets 10,000 housing units in three years

The Anambra State Government has disclosed that it will deliver between 8,000 and 10,000 housing units in the next three years.

The Managing Director of Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ASIPPA), Mr. Mark Okoye, said this during the signing of the Public Private Partnership Framework Agreement (PPPFA) with seven real estate firms in Awka, recently.

Okoye said the combined value of the PPP agreement was worth about N30 billion, adding that the state government received 72 proposals four months ago when it announced the investment window.

The managing director said only seven were certified to possess the competence, capacity, and financial wherewithal to drive the project.

He said the firms were expected to deliver their various projects in three years and that no fewer than 1,600 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs would be created.

One of the partnering firms, Rainbow Heritage Project Service, owners of Golf Residence Awka, said it planned to create a new city within the Awka Capital Territory with apartments and state-of-the-art facilities.

The Group Managing Director of Rainbow Heritage Project Service, Mr. In Oliver Biedema, said the problem of housing deficit was a national issue and that the government initiative would address it in Anambra.

Biedema said they were in Anambra to change the real estate narrative of the state has in mind its peculiar environment and erosion challenges.

He said his company would be working on a 110-hectare land with a projected minimum of 1,000 medium and hhigh-incomeapartments.

“It will be a functional estate with a golf course. It will provide an ambience that will make Anambra the best destination for tourists and businesses. The project will also impact hugely on the communities and support their economies,” he said.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of Southern Metrics Projects Ltd, owners of Southern Premier Estate, Mr. Tony Epele, said the estate would be provided with modern infrastructure, centralised sewage, potable water, and fibre optics.

Epele said the 20-hectare estate would be segmented to accommodate different categories of income earners, and lamented the high cost of building materials and called on the Federal Government to grant concessions on some critical inputs in the sector, especially on imported materials.

The Commissioner for Lands in Anambra Professor Offonze Amucheazi, who was part of the agreement signing ceremony, assured that the state government would ensure there were no bureaucratic bottlenecks to impede the execution of the projects.