By Grace Orok
The Cross River State Commissioner for Social Housing, Mr. Effiom Etim Archibong has disclosed that the Cross River State Government through the Ministry of Social Housing has initiated plans to provide shelter for the displaced persons of Bakassi.
Mr. Etim said that the Ministry of Social Housing, being a brain child of Governor Ayade, is saddled with a dual responsibility of providing accommodation for the Bakassi returnees and building affordable houses to be leased out.
He said his Ministry intends to fulfill this mandate by building a total number of 350 houses at the initial stage, in two acquired sites for the Bakassi returnees and thereafter build 60 affordable houses in each of the Local Government Areas for leasing.
According to the Commissioner, his mission is to provide a total number of 5,000 houses in the 18 Local Government Areas before the end of the two tenures, if given the opportunity to serve till the second tenure.
He added that the State will employ top-notch technology in ascertaining those who are internally displaced and low income earners to benefit from the social housing scheme.
Concluding he said, “People should stick to Governor Ben Ayade and trust him, ignore all the trash conceived on social media and then have a sense of fairness to let him serve his two tenures like every other Governor”.
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