Ekiti State government says its housing scheme, known as Homes Agenda aimed at making housing more affordable for the people, is to construct 5,000 housing units in 2013.
The housing scheme will coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders in the housing sector as well as incorporate the engagement of the private sector through a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this in his New Year broadcast, said the move was to save more citizens of the state from landlords and property developers who cash in on inadequacy of decent houses to exploit home seekers.
The governor also revealed that Peace Corps would become operational in the New Year to complement the efforts of security agencies in tackling crimes and making the state more secure.
According to him, the establishment of Peace Corps is borne out of the need to provide the enabling environment for all citizens and residents to pursue their legitimate businesses in a peaceful atmosphere.
“It is common knowledge for all of us that society thrives more and attracts higher economic growth when there is peace.
“Consequently, the State Peace Corps will become operational in the New Year to complement the efforts of the regular law enforcement agencies to bring criminal activities to a significant low level,” he said.
He described 2013 as Ekiti’s Year of Empowerment and Consolidation, stating that the year will witness wealth creation through the provision of environment conducive for job creation, youth and women empowerment.
The governor promised that his administration would continue to support government workers by improving their welfare in 2013 through various incentives to motivate them to perform better.
The Social Security Scheme of his administration for registered elderly persons who are 65 years and above will be extended beyond the scope of 20,000 beneficiaries who are receiving monthly stipends of N5,000.
The governor also unfolded his administration’s plans to build two new general hospitals in Ilawe and Iye, while the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital Complex hitherto abandoned will be completed in the first half of the year.
Arrangements have been concluded for the renovation of all the 20 specialists and general hospitals as well as 35 basic health centres across the state in 2013, he said.
He equally revealed that the State College of Agriculture would take off in 2013, expected to also witness the establishment of two rice-processing mills and one cassava processing plant in partnership with the Federal Government.
The governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to complete all ongoing capital projects in 2013 that are central to its eight-point agenda.
He pledged to complete all ongoing road projects and initiate new ones in other to make all parts of the state accessible and continue with the Urban Renewal Programme, which is beautifying the state.
With Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, already undergoing transformation, he said government would focus on the construction of township roads in Ikere, Ikole and Ijero, which used to be divisional headquarters.
A new ministry, according to him, will be created to bring together community development, rural development, cooperative services and social mobilisation to coordinate anti-poverty strategies