About 40 housing units constructed by the Federal Government are to be delivered to Odi community in Bayelsa State, 14 years after it was invaded by Nigerian troops on the orders of former President Olusegun Obasanjo following the killing of some policemen by a group of dissident youths in 1999.
Comprising of two and three-bedroom detached bungalows and handled by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs; the houses which are at the final lap of completion will be ready for occupation by the beginning of the third quarter.
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, who couldn’t hide his joy at the pace of work on the project during an inspection on Saturday, said the houses would be given to the poorest in the community via a very transparent process.
Mr. Orubebe disclosed that similar housing units are being constructed in the nine Niger Delta states, adding: “We want our citizens particularly those in this region to feel the impact of their resources and the families that will get the buildings will be transformed.
“When Odi was destroyed; there was a presidential directive to assist the community with some buildings. When the initiative came up, there were agitations from other states so we took a uniform decision that we should build 40-housing units for each of the nine states of the Niger Delta.
“Unfortunately, there were no budgetary provisions in 2012, very lean provisions in 2011 and so contractors stopped work. But this year, we have been able to squeeze some money to enable contractors complete these housing units so that we can give them indigenes to use,” he said