PROF GREG IBE 2023: THE QUEST FOR HOUSING INVESTMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
It was Matthew Desmond, Professor of Sociology and Writer for the New York Times Magazine who averred that “housing is the foothold for economic mobility.” Mathew believed that an affordable housing programme is an anti-poverty effort, human capital investment, community improvement plan, and public heath initiative all rolled into one.
To further capture the salience of a good affordable housing plan, Ned Lamont, the 89th Governor of Connecticut affirmed that “an investment in housing is an investment in family stability and the economic health of a State.”
These postulations find greater expression in the ARISE Agenda of the Governorship candidate of the APGA,, Prof Greg Ibe who has detailed out a comprehensive plan in his blueprint to connect the dots of infrastructural expansion with housing investment and development.
At a time in Nigeria when economic activities are halting and job opportunities for the country’s teeming youth shrinks by the hour, Prof Greg Ibe believes that investments in the housing sector can drive economic vitality and create the needed jobs.
To actualize his visions, the incoming Governor has developed a long-term Housing plan that will ensure housing data/information gathering in order to identify housing needs, locations and other key baseline requirements.
As part of his aspirations for the people of the State, Prof Greg Ibe will provide low and medium cost housing schemes, leverage on the Abia State Geographic Information System to ease and transform administration of diverse governance functions and activities in the State.
During the Party’s Campaign Rally in aba, the Governorship hopeful unveiled plans for the expansion of the State capital, Umuahia into a major cosmopolitan city having developed suburban satellite towns with storey highrise buildings.
At the core of his vision, the prognosis is that the highrise buildings which would be made available for owner-occupier purchases to civil servants, investors, middle class families and companies will in the next four years dot the skyline of a suburban Umuahia, ohafia and Arochukwu and not just the lone Abia Tower.
To help decongest the capital city, Prof Ibe during the party Campaign Rally in umunneochi promised to site a major housing estate project in the three senatorial districts.
These and more are pointers to the fact that a vote for Prof Greg Ibe in the forthcoming elections is a vote for a rewarding investment in the housing sector.
Voice from Ohuhu writes