The Chairman of the Novone Enterprise Estates Initiative, Arc Nya-Etok Ezekiel, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to probe all land allocations made in respect of mass housing in Abuja in the last 10 years.
Ezekiel, who made the call, yesterday, in Abuja regretted that most of lands allocated to estate developers for constructing mass housing accommodations for lower income earners have been used for other reasons.
Ezekiel, who is also the chairman of sub-committee on low income housing estate developers, alleged that the beneficiaries of such hectares of land either balkanised them into plots and sold them to the rich people at very exorbitant rates or developed them into edifices which were out of reach of ordinary Nigerians.
“The ugly trend is a crime against a section of the citizens, it is imperative for the present administration to investigate this matter to unravel the circumstance surrounding all the hectares of lands allocated for this purpose,” he said.
He decried the high cost of accommodation in Gwagwalada, Nyanya, Ojodu and Ogba, among other places, saying that “if workers were to pay that same amount to own a two-bedroom apartment in a well-built estate, they will be grateful.”
He that said his organiation has concluded arrangements to establish 200 units of agro-industrial training centres under the Youth Agro-Housing Empowerment Programme (YAHEP) concept across the 774 local government areas in the country, targeting 154,800 Nigerian youths yearly and 619,200 Nigerian youths to be empowered in four years.