From Kenneth Iguisi, Benin City
Activities have been stepped up in Edo State for the hosting of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
During the two-day official visit, Osinbajo will commission the 1,800 nits of houses at Emotan Gardens developed by the Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) in partnership with MIXTA Africa.
EDPA Executive Chairman, Mr. Isoken Omo, told journalists during a tour of the site, that the partnership with MIXTA Africa had been fruitful and the response to the development of the affordable housing units by residents in the state and those in the diaspora had been tremendous.
She said that work on the estate in preparation for the Vice President’s visit had reached advanced stage.
Omo said: “We are happy that the Vice President is coming to commission this landmark project in Ikpoba-Okah Local Government Area of the state.
“This project holds a lot of history for the state. It is the first state government’s housing project in any part of the state after 16 years.
“Our partner, MIXTA Africa has been very supportive and we are working hard to ensure that the project site is ready for the ground-breaking ceremony,” she said.
Omo noted that some units would be ready during the Vice President’s visit, adding that “we are committed to this project and want to assure the people that we will deliver on our promises. The project is going to be a major pull for residents and those in the Diaspora to invest in bespoke real estate in Benin.
“We are sourcing materials for this project within the state, which is quite remarkable, as this means that the building will be quite affordable.”
The Head, Sales and Marketing, MIXTA Africa, Korede Lawrence-Salu, said that company was impressed with the partnership, and promised to deliver on the project.
He said: “After we sealed the deal to construct the 1,800 units, we have been inundated with enquiries from those willing to have a stake. So, we are confident about this project. We have recorded high interest, especially among Edo people in the diaspora.”