Negotiations with the Imo State Government for Social Urban Housing Project

A beneficiary of a housing project in 2011

It is no longer a secret that one of the major characteristics of our world today is rapid urbanisation. In poor countries, this places serious preasure on land and infrastructure and makes it very difficult for the poor to have access to land and housing.

SpringAid International and its partners work to bring real difference in the lifes of poor and marginalized individuals in making it possible for them to have affordable houses. We believe that every individual has a right to descent accommodation. In pursauance of this goal, we have started some negotiatons and dialogue with the government of Imo State in a collaborative venture that would provide housing within Owerri Urban and satelite towns to displaced people especially those caused by the Boko Haram Islamists terrorists of the northern Nigeria.

At 9 am today, March 15, SpringAid International held a meeting with the Commissioner for Lands, the Director for Imo Foundation, and the Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation. The president  of Rochas Fans, (ROFANS) was also present at the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the work SpringAid International has done in the State in this area and to seek for a way forward. SpringAid International was represented at the meeting by Teddy Ihens (Operations Director) and Onyeka Nwoko (General Administration/Finance). We are happy with the progress made so far and with the demand for accountability, responsibility and transparency shown by these government functionaries. We want to focus on the positive the government is doing and support such policies and actions that bring positive social change in the lives of individuals and that will produce ripple effect in the economic, social and political development of the State.

Further meetings have been sheduled in order to continue to develop the collaboration between the government and SpringAid International and its foreign partners.

Teddy Ihens, reporting Friday 15 March, 2013

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