The Edo State Commissioner for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning and Development, Isoken Omo, has said that a new city project, CORAL City, is being developed to decongest Benin City.
She noted that about 467 plots in CORA City are now ready for subscription.
Speaking during a press conference in the State Secretariat in Benin City, she noted that there is a lot of pressure in the city centre, leading to indiscriminate developments, which led to the new city project.
According to her: “The development of the CORA City is to reduce the pressure in Benin City. The Edo State New Town Development Authority was set up by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration and CORA City is its first project. The project is located along the Ogba-Irhirhi axis in the State. The project is in four phases and work is ongoing on the first phase of the project.
“We have residential, commercial, multi-purpose plots, including religious, leisure, schools, markets, health centres, green areas and every other needs for a city to thrive.
“The project is coming with full infrastructure, including roads, drainages, walk ways, water, power, and telecommunications facilities. The project would house about 50,000 people when it's fully completed.”
Omo said the project was opened for subscription about two weeks ago with 467 plots for sale, which includes those for different land uses.
“We have individuals and comprehensive developers and it’s open for subscription,” she added.
The Commissioner also noted that the state’s Clean and Green Initiative is now to be known as Grow 100.
She noted that the project includes different arms, including human capital development, infrastructural transformation and development of two master plans.
Omo stated: “In our master plan, we have set up the clean and green initiative where we are going to employ 100 young persons between 25 and 30 years of age. We have started training them. We have architects, town planners, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical and structural engineers, land and estate surveyors, builders, GIS specialists and landscapers.”
She said they will be trained in the different aspects of the master plan, property, projects and construction management.