Low Cost Estate: Politicians Hijack Houses… Govt Refutes Claim


The planned sale of housing units in the Akwa Ibom State owned Housing Estates in Uruan and Ikot Ekpene Local Government Areas has been said to be surrounded by alleged fraud as the state government had allegedly allocated the houses meant for low income earners and civil servants in the state to politicians.

As a source in Government house who spoke with our reporter on condition of anonymity, yesterday in Uyo, disclosed that over eighty percent of the houses in these estates have been allocated to some serving commissioners, legislators, other top politicians and government functionaries and described the action as economic sabotage on the part of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s led administration in Akwa Ibom State.

The source who condemned the secret sale of the state government owned property in these two local government areas, said that the intention of the government in constructing these housing units was to help reduce housing crises in the state, and wondered why the present government should allocate those houses to those already economically buoyant citizens at the expense of the majority of citizens without any apartment of their own.

The source, however, pleaded with the government to rescind its plans to sell out the houses to the already selected persons, but should rather reserve the housing units for sale to lower and middle class citizens who are critically in need of houses at affordable rates.

Reacting, an aide to Commissioner for Housing and  Urban Development, Osundu Ahirika denied the alleged sale of the houses.

He said, “it is false. They have not even started the sales. It is at the advertizing stage and bidding has not started. The public notice was only issued on Monday last week.



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