Okowa wants gap in nation’s housing sector closed


Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has stressed the need for the closing of the gap in the nation’s housing sector, saying, steady efforts should be made by relevant stakeholders towards addressing the housing deficiency.

According to him, “there is a lot of gap in the nation’s housing sector and the more we provide affordable houses for the civil servants and all Nigerians, the better for our nation.”

“With steady efforts, with determination, for every house that is built, we are reducing the housing gap in our nation,” the governor emphasised, adding that his administration will continue to work with the private sector, mortgage finance banks to develop the housing sector in Delta State”.

The governor spoke yesterday, August 8, at the unveiling of Governance Villa Housing Estate, Ibusa, Oshimili North local government area of the state.

While observing that a lot of progress has been recorded by his administration in creating the enabling environment for housing development, Governor Okowa emphasized that mortgage institutions have a lot of roles to play in encouraging civil servants in particular to own their houses.

He used the occasion to urge private property developers to work with relevant government ministries in designing their building plans to avoid going against the laws of the country, noting that it will be wrong for buildings to be erected under high tension power-lines.

The governor who attended the ceremony accompanied by top government functionaries, commended management of Juniuc Nigeria Limited for contributing to the housing development of the country.

Chief Executive Officer of Delta Trust Mortgage Bank Limited, Rubby Okoro had in an address, thanked Governor Okowa’s administration for providing the enabling environment for private sector to thrive in the state and urged Deltans to utilise the services rendered by the mortgage bank to own their houses.

The CEO of Juniuc Nigeria Limited, Godwin Nonyalim in an address, said he owed Governor Okowa a debt of gratitude for actualizing the need for housing under the SMART agenda. “By this, he endorsed the creation of housing for all and as well as creating enabling environment for young and upcoming developers like me”, Nonyalim expressed.