IMO'S TRIZONE HOUSING INITIATIVE, EX-GOVERNOR INDICATED
The Imo State government has unveiled its strategy to develop extensive housing projects across three distinct zones: Umuoma-Nekede in the Owerri zone, Amara in the Okigwe zone, and Mgbidi in the Orlu zone. The aim of these projects is to provide a range of housing options for various beneficiaries, including the working population.
Governor Hope Uzodimma has taken the proactive step of appointing Love Ineh, the State Commissioner for Housing, to lead the State Mass Housing Committee, tasked with overseeing the comprehensive housing initiatives. This committee comprises key members such as Noble Atulegwu, the Commissioner for Lands Survey and Physical Planning, Chinedu Obi, the General Manager of Imo State Housing Corporation, and various advisors and officials from the government.
Love Ineh emphasized the significance of this undertaking, explaining that it would not only result in the creation of new urban centers but also provide a significant boost to the state's economy. The project is poised to make housing more accessible and affordable to the people. In this regard, Ineh urged local communities to collaborate closely with the government to ensure the successful realization of the projects.
Importantly, Ineh assured the public that the housing scheme would mark a pivotal milestone in the state's history, with its potential to positively impact the lives of the citizens. She expressed gratitude to Governor Uzodimma for his visionary leadership and commitment to the well-being of the people.
In parallel news, a state panel entrusted with land recovery has alleged that former governor Rochas Okorocha engaged in coercive tactics to appropriate lands belonging to Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) in Owerri. The panel, headed by Prof. Vitalis Ajumbe and B. F. Anyanwu, has detailed instances where the Okorocha administration forcefully seized lands and structures located at Shell Camp. These properties were then allocated to associates of the former governor.
The panel has recommended a comprehensive course of action. It calls for the lands to be reclaimed from the previous beneficiaries and returned to the authorities of AIFCE, Owerri. Furthermore, the panel suggests issuing certificates of occupancy to the institution within a six-month timeframe.
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It has been revealed that the former governor utilized aggressive tactics, including the involvement of certain individuals and military personnel, to displace the occupants of these lands. This resulted in the demolition of 101 buildings and the seizure of property. Notable individuals implicated in the allocation of these lands include Dr. Uzoma Anwuka, Rochas Okorocha's son-in-law, former House of Representatives member Kingsley Uju, and former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly Dr. Acho Ihim.
The panel has also urged that the college compensate the original landowners, the Orji indigenes, and has suggested that soldiers relocate from the shanties erected within the area to their barracks in Obinze, Owerri West Local Council.
Governor Uzodimma praised the panel for its diligent efforts and timely execution of their responsibilities. He reaffirmed the government's commitment to implementing the recommendations, emphasizing that this approach is essential for maintaining peace and upholding justice within the state.