Land Devt: Ebonyi plans affordable housing scheme, compensation


By Victor Nwegede

Governor David Umahi's led government has set to provide affordable housing scheme and make appropriate compensation to those affected by the land development programmes in Ebonyi State. 

Ebonyi Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr Orji Uche Orji made this known in a press briefing after the Executive Council Meeting held at the Exco Chambers, old Government House, Abakaliki.

Orji said that the Exco set up a 6-man committee with the terms of reference on land development programme.

According to him, the committee chaired by the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Chief Sunday Inyima would "evaluate and document the Ezzangbo properties and recover all COF, tenement rate and other land fees from 2015 to date.

The committee was also charged to review the compensation from the envisaged side road on both sides from Spera-ndeo to Ezzangbo and the compensation associated with the edge of coal tar (12M) from airport junction to Afikpo and from 135 to Nkalagu boundary.

The committee was as well charged to ensure the building being photographed and videoed; including its submission of the preliminary report not later than 7th March, 2021.

The Commissioner also stated that the exco has received the submission made by the Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission, and the Committee of the Permanent Secretaries on Promotion of Civil Servants and directed the State Committee on Promotion to review their submissions and make necessary recommendations to the State Executive Council.

Orji equally said: "Exco considered and approved the bill for the construction of a twin flyover at Amasiri at the cost of N933M. Further evaluation is being carried out on the bill for the construction of airport flyover in the state."

He disclosed that the Exco has considered the report on the crisis at Isinkwo and Abaomege and resolved that if there is any further clash between Isinkwo and Abaomege, government shall hold the leaders of the two communities responsible.

The Exco in the words of Orji, has considered "the report on the meeting held by the state government with stakeholders of Effium and Ezza Effium on the crisis in the area and commended the stakeholders and people of Effium/Ezza Effium community for their avowed commitment towards keeping the peace and ceasing all hostilities. EXCO further commended very highly, the efforts of CAN, Elders Council and Founding fathers and the committee that will supervise the peace processes headed by Bishop Monday Nwankwegu, for their efforts in resolving the problem in that community." 

NATIONAL PANEL reports that the Exco  considered a report on the crisis at Enyigba and Enyibichiri Communities in Abakaliki and Ikwo Local Government Area respectively and resolved to carry out land demarcation process by setting up a 7-man committee chaired by Barr. Cletus Ofok, the state Attorney General and the Commissioner for Justice.  

We also gathered that the "Exco considered the progress made by the committee on #ENDSARS Youth Summit and resolved to further shift the date of the summit to Wednesday 5th March, 2021 to enable resource persons prepare adequately and make available lecture notes in advance to the participants. Exco also commended the efforts of the committee on #ENDSARS Empowerment Programme and resolved to give a window of two weeks for more applications to be received."

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