Mr Precious Elekima, Rivers governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has promised to construct 40,000 houses if elected in 2019.
Elekima told newsmen on Monday in Port Harcourt that he would also reduce the cost of rent by 50 per cent in order to ease difficulties of housing in the state.
According to him, building 40,000 houses is targeted at providing affordable houses for the citizens and improve their living conditions.
Elekima further promised that the houses would be completed in four years.
He further said that his administration would construct a bridge from the UTC bus stop at Nnamdi Azikiwe road to link Pakana in Abonima.
“Rivers citizens deserve the best no matter how much the person is earning, he deserves to live in a house of his choice.
`This is because government should take responsibility of providing houses that people will be able to buy and pay gradually without stealing to pay,” he said.
Elekima stated that a car loan scheme would also be provided to enable people to own cars.
“This will help people to own cars to go to work from any area they are living no matter the distance.
“Families will be united again; broken marriages because of financial responsibilities will be rebuilt; families will be happy and cost of living will be reduced to the barest minimum,” he said.
“If elected, my administration will improve the lives of Rivers people and ensure that the state is brought back to its former glory,’’ the governorship candidate said.