by crossriverwatch admin
Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke last Thursday won the Housing Governor of the Year 2012 Award.
Imoke was announced the winner of the award at a dinner at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel to mark the 7th edition of the Abuja Housing Show.
The Imoke administration had in December 2012 commissioned a housing estate for civil servants, the first by the state government since the regime of late Brigadier U.J. Esuene in the 70s.
The Governor, who expressed belief that any civil servant who retires from service after 35 years should at least own a home, announced recently that his administration would develop another 2000 housing units for civil servants before 2015.
The cost of the housing units, which are sold to civil servants through mortgage, is subsidized by as much as 50 per cent by the state government.
Also, Cross River is said to be one of only two states in the country that have not defaulted in their contributions to the national housing scheme.
For the athletics officials, Imoke got the award “for his contribution to the growth and development of sports in Nigeria.”
Apart from being the sponsor of the All Nigeria Athletic Championship for the last four years, Imoke’s administration conceptualized and has been implementing a comprehensive sports program where talents are spotted in primary and secondary schools and groomed.
Cross River has won the National Schools Sports Championship for two years running and is currently building two ultra-modern stadia in Ikom and Ogoja and has established five sports centers of excellence across the state.
Speaking at the event, Imoke disclosed that the state was focused on building a new generation of sports men and women.
The President of AFN, Mr. Solomon Ogba commended the state for its sponsorship and support which has made Cross River the home of athletics.
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