Cross River state governor to construct affordable houses for displaced people
The governor of Cross River State, Senator Ben Ayade, is set to provide affordable homes for the displaced people of Bakassi.
Governor Ayade is collaborating with Aliko Dangote, and other cement factories on the housing project, worth N200 million, Nigeriarealestatehub reports.
“We are a responsible state that is sensible to the needs of our people. We want you to do a small pilot for the people of Bakassi returnees. I will like to do a small commitment of the sum of N200 million to start the resettlement process.
These are people that we feel so emotional about, people that have been deprived and displaced from their heritage and there is nothing worse than that that could happen to a man and we want to find a permanent solution to their plight", he explained.
While receiving the Chairman of Lafarge Africa, Bolaji Balogun and his management team, the governor urged the cement company to support the project.
“We have concluded negotiations withto use concrete for the construction of some part of the project and now that you are here, we are hopeful that Lafarge will join the train.
With over N1billion worth, the impact on the people is not quite commensurate as I appeal to you to do more to impact on the lives of the host communities and the state at large because when the community feels satisfied, the business will sure thrive and be more profitable.
Your corporate social responsibility must expand in concept, to reflect the originality of the African culture which entails love for your brother and being your brothers’ keeper. This state is part of you, so you must take responsibility in delivery dividends of democracy to the people as your responsibilities too.”
In 2015, Governor Ayade revealed plans to work on another project.
A $10 billion project, tagged a new China City in Cross River.
Speaking to reporters at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, he announced that the project would be built with help from 100 investors from the Henan Provincial Government.
“We have a large group coming in for the agriculture, huge investments coming in terms of re- newable energy; we have a large group coming in terms of garment factory, we have a team also coming to invest in hydro- power project and the sea- port,”Ayade stated.
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