FG Commissions 151 FISH Housing Units In kuje
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita has inaugurated housing two estate in kuje to improve the well being of civil servants.
Mrs. Oyo-ita said that the programme was expected to address the housing needs of civil servants who are unable to own houses due to the prohibitive costs of land acquisition, building or purchase.
“The overall objective of the FISH programme is to improve the quality of life of civil servants and their families which we believe will help foster a multiplier effect on the economy and reduce corruption in the public service, in line with the federal government’s anti-corruption drive.
“The FISH department has been restructured, staff deployed trained and processes and procedures introduced and streamlined to accelerate the implementation of the programme and achieve this landmark.
“The new and improved processes and procedures are properly documented and explained in the three handbooks and the website”.
According to her, FISH estate Kuje 1 comprises of blocks of flats of 65 units of one, two and three bedrooms, constructed by C2Q Nigeria Ltd while Kuje 11 comprises of 86 units of two bedroom bungalows constructed and financed by federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.
She said that the off-takers of these estates have been profiled, their loans paid and some of them have already moved in and are living in their houses.
Oyo-ita disclosed that in the next phase of implementation, FISH estate Kuje 111 comprising of 97 bungalows would be commissioned and FISH Karu comprising of 20 units of bungalows.
According to her the beneficiaries of the Karu estate were already in possession of their keys.
She called on State Government, housing agencies and experienced developers to join in the program.
“We need many more developers to enable us cater for over 55,000 civil servants who have subscribed to the program.”I seize the opportunity to appeal to civil servants to key into the FISH programme through our website, which would be presented today as more houses are being uploaded by our developers,” she said.
Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, OHCSF, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack said that that the FISH program was initiated in 2013, but the appointment of the present head of service ensured it’s continuity by adopting and launching the programme as her flagship.
She said that aside the FISH programme, the head of service has approved several other initiatives to improve the well-being and welfare of federal civil servants.
According to her, these initiatives include the Exit management programme comprising the present-retirement, and post-retirement service scheme, rewards and recognition system, a baseline survey on persons with disabilities in civil service and development of federal civil service welfare policy, among others.
The Executive Secretary, Federal Government Staff Housing Loan Board (FGSHLB), Mrs Hannatu Fika said the board provided loans to members of the FISH progammes among others to own their home.
Fika said that the ceremony was a fulfillment of the mandate of the board, adding that the two estates being commissioned were fully funded through the board’s loan scheme.
According to her, not less than 150 core civil servants are beneficiaries of the board’s loan scheme and more are in the process of receiving their keys.
Kapital FM reports that 32 civil servants have benefited from the FISH programme and have been given key to their apartment.
On hehalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Ernest Paul expressed their appreciation for making their dreams of becoming home owners a reality.
He added that they would surely spread the good news of this great development in order to disabuse the minds of some civil servants who are still in doubt about the reality of the FISH program to also key into it.