By Sam Kayode
Gombe State Government has approved the acquisition of N5bn loan for the construction of 1,000 housing units in the State.
Commissioner for information and Culture, Julius Lepez, made the disclosure in Gombe.
The loan, he said, is to be secured from the Family Housing Fund, famous for giving credit facility to States across the country to address their housing deficit.
Lepez said that the State Executive Council equally deliberated on land administration and masterplan of Gombe metropolis where it noted that the planned integration of customary land title owners into Government layouts was to enable the administration of Governor Muhammadu Yahaya provide social amenities to the people without recourse to the needless payment of compensation each time Government wants to construct road networks or carry out other developmental projects.
Julius Lepes told journalists that the Council also received assessment report on the Billiri crisis detailing the number of property destroyed and value attached to it.
He added that findings by the assessment committee on the crisis indicated that 41 houses were affected which is valued at N94,600,666.
The Commissioner said that 401 business premises were affected out of which 335 shops are owned by individuals while 66 belong to the Billiri Local Government Area, all valued at N385,148,135
The commissioner added that 33 worship centres were either burnt down or vandalised, valued at N33,129,667
Other properties affected, as enumerated by Julius Ishaya Lapes, include motor vehicles, motorcycles orchards and animals which were either destroyed, missing or stolen valued at N31,480,000.
The Commissioner for information and culture revealed that the totality of property destroyed as valued by the assessment committee stood at N542,358,468.
He said in lieu of the assessment, Council has approved the payment of compensation to individuals who lost loved ones and properties, saying a committee has been set up to draw out modalities for the assistance.