Following 32 years of neglect by successive government, respite finally came the way of residents of Umunya and Awkuzu communities in Uyi local government of Anambra state as the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari mobilized contractors to the stalled infrastructural facilities at the Federal Sites and Services Scheme.
In furtherance to demonstrate the resolve of the FG to address housing issues bedeviling the nation, the Umunya/Awkuzu communities witnessed and celebrated the revival of the project in fanfare and pageantry.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, who was represented by the Director Highways, Construction and Rehabilitation, Engr. Yemi Oguntominiyi at the flag off ceremony recalled that the project which was in the pipeline since 1987, had acquired a large piece of land measuring about 236 hectares at Awkuzu, Section A, for the purpose of developing the National Housing Programme. 2,800 plots were allocated to members of the public since 1993 but due to paucity of funds the site had remained undeveloped.
In his speech, Chairman of the Board of Trustee, Association of Allottees, Col. Michael Onuorah rtd. applauded the efforts made by the Hon. Minister to ensure the project came alive and proudly declared that the allottees would finally actualize their housing dreams. Onuorah stated that the Association is poised to deliver a modern and befitting estate that would be the envy of all. He therefore sought the cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure a hitch free process during the site construction. In his address, Sir Kris Onyekweluje commended the efforts put in by the Hon. Minister and the Association of the Allottees and further brought to fore issues of concerns he would love the government to address, in order to stem youth restiveness in the communities. He pledged his undying support and that of his subjects to the laudable initiative.