The Federal government is to support civil servants through special intervention funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria to fast rack assess to affordable houses.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan made this known in Abuja at the inauguration of two housing estates for civil servants under the Federal Integrated Staff Housing ‘Fish’.
The two housing estates Technocrats Court Maraba and Solutionist estates Karshi housing are part of the federal integrated staff housing for civil servants to address the housing deficit for its workforce.
Dr. Yemi-Esan said, in addition, to the central bank intervention, the inter-ministerial committee has allocated additional five hectares of land for FISH in Gwagwalada area council to further address the housing issues for public servants.
“The housing estates located at Mararaba and Karshi in Abuja is in collaboration with the Federal Government Staff Housing Loan Board (FGSHLB).
According to her, “This is one of the estates that have been developed in partnership with the office of the HOCSF, and in particular, the FISH programme services.“It is the government’s responsibility at all levels and by all means to ensure that the welfare of its civil servants and its people is taken care of.”
“And this is why the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has placed a very high premium on the welfare of workers and remains committed to exploring all avenues of improving the living condition of civil servants,” she said.
In a remark, the Executive Secretary, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board Mallam Ibrahim Mairiga who stressed the board would not relent in its effort to ensure it delivers on its mandate said the had put in place pay-and-pack-in-policy to further ease the plight of the civil servants.
“It is interesting to note that this partnership came into limelight in 2018 and from inception to date, the board has financed the purchase of 321 completed houses to 321FISH off-takers,” he said.
Two of the beneficiaries Mrs. Juliet obey and Mr. Oluwole who appreciated the federal government for the gesture solicited more intervention to fix the necessary amenities in the estates.
While Seventy-two housing units of two and three-bedroom flats were handed over to the beneficiaries in the two estates.