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Siting of 300 houses in kidnappers’ den earns NEDC criticism

By Emmanuel Samiala, Yola
23 September 2021   |   3:01 am
Plan by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to site 300 housing units at the Sabore hills, notorious as den of kidnappers and other bandits in Adamawa State

Plan by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to site 300 housing units at the Sabore hills, notorious as a den of kidnappers and other bandits in Adamawa State, is drawing the ire of critics.

The site of the housing units in Yola South Local Council is about 150 kilometres from Yola, the capital.

Some of the critics, who craved anonymity because of their political statuses, noted that at the end of the project, nobody might agree to occupy the houses because of the location.

Others said there was no attack in Yola South by Boko Haram and wondered why projects meant for victims of insurgents would be sited where there was no crisis.

“The towns that are supposed to benefit from this housing project are in Madagali, Michika, Hong, Mubi and Gombi local councils. I don’t know why Yola South that did not experience any attack will be the beneficiary of the houses,” a source stated.

While speaking at the sod-turning of the 500 housing units in Adamawa, the Managing Director of NEDC, Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, noted that houses were destroyed by the insurgents in North East.

To ameliorate the housing crisis in the North East, the commission pencilled 10,000 houses for construction in the region, with each state getting 500 housing units and other palliatives.

He added that construction work would soon commence on three bridges destroyed by insurgents in Adamawa.

Three hundred of the houses are located in Yola South and the remaining 200 houses will be spread among other cities in the state.

While laying the foundation of the 300 units, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri commended NEDC for taking action to tackle the housing crisis in the state.

He said the commission had complimented his administration’s hunger for tackling the housing crisis.

The governor, however, urged the Federal Government to extend the mass housing projects to other states to reduce the housing deficit in the country.