Bayelsa approves construction of 360 low-cost houses

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Government has given approval for the construction of 360 housing units to address the housing deficit for both the middle and low income citizens.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jonathan Obuebite, made this known on Saturday.

The commissioner explained that the approval of the project was one of the key resolutions reached at the end of the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Seriake Dickson at the Government House, Yenagoa.

Obuebite, who briefed journalists alongside the Acting Head of Service, Rev. Thomas Zidafamor, said out of the figure, 110 duplexes would be built in choice areas, while 250 bungalows were to be provided in high density areas, mainly for civil servants.

According to the commissioner, the SEC also approved the payment of N1bn as counterpart funds to access the N2bn facility from the Bank of Industry for the development of small and medium-scale enterprises.

Obuebite noted that the government also set up a committee charged with the responsibility of implementing its empowerment programme aimed at improving the living conditions of the people.

He said, “Majority of the issues discussed relate to empowerment of our people. The executive council graciously approved a standing committee to look at areas and ways through which we can empower our people.

“The committee was asked to raise a document for that effect and advise the government on issues that will directly impact our people in all the communities and local government areas of the state.”

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