The Enugu State government is set to build 2,500 houses for low and high income earners. The state Commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Mr. Solomon Onah, disclosed this yesterday during a ceremony to mark the commencement of the sale of forms for 500 plots of land at the New Independence Layout along the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway in Enugu.
According to the commissioner, only single family or twin duplexes/bungalows of not more than two floors, including the ground floor would be built in the new layout under Public-Private Partnership, PPP.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, speaking on the prevailing economy situation in the country, said state governors who came into the office after the 2015 elections have less funds to work with as the prevailing situation was different from what was obtainable during the era of their predecessors in office.
The governor, who spoke while declaring open the first ever ‘Oganiru Enugu State Investment Summit’ at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, noted that unlike the current governors, the former state chief executives enjoyed access to excess crude funds, noting that the challenges occasioned by the fall in oil revenue had made it imperative for the government at all levels to diversify the economy.
He however said that his administration will follow the examples of the founding fathers of the old Eastern Region, who relied on palm oil and other agricultural produce to provide key infrastructure and other social amenities in the South-East. He also explained that the essence of the summit was to showcase “to investors around the world” the massive but virtually untapped economic potential that abound in Enugu State.
“The state has untapped investment opportunities in solid minerals, power generation and distribution, oil and gas, transportation, real estate development, information and communication technology, healthcare services, education, entertainment, tourism and many more.”
He also added that his administration had already listed over 17 ‘potentially lucrative’ state-owned companies and industries for commercialization or privatization.