Chief Godson Ezenagu, Chairman Anambra Housing Development Authority has urged workers in the state to take advantage of the mortgage system to key into the housing programme of the government.
Ezenagu made the call in a speech after he was honoured with the Kwameh Nkrumah Award for Distinguished African Personality of the Year by the ECOWAS Youths Council (EYC).
Ezenagu said the Anambra State government had a robust relationship with the Federal Mortgage Bank which workers in the state could take advantage of in the bid to own their house but which was not being accessed.
The Housing Cooperation boss said the Willie Obiano administration at the moment has over five low and medium housing layouts with between 250 and 750 blocks each as a demonstration of its resolve to checking housing deficiency especially in the city centres.
He called on the working class especially youths in various walks of life to embark on long term planning to avoid the disappointment that comes with unplanned retirement.
“We have an aggressive approach to housing and that is why at the present, over five schemes are at various stages of completion, that is part of Gov Willie Obiano’s administration effort to solving the problems of housing in Anambra. Painfully, the workers are not keying in, this is because they do not tap into the opportunities that abound in the mortgage system.
“It takes one who plans well ahead to understand that these houses can be owned even without cash, civil servants should explore the opportunities in the good relationship between the federal government through the Federal Mortgage Bank and the state government,” he said.
President of EYC, Mr Williams Oluwaseun said the Kwameh Nkrumah Award for Distinguished African Personality of the Year was designed by the apex youth movement in the sub-region to recognise those who had contributed to the wellbeing of the people irrespective of religion or tribe.