Hardship: FG delivers 116 affordable housing units to civil servants 

The federal government has delivered on its promise to provide affordable, quality and ideal homes to civil servants through the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme.

The FISH programme, domiciled in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), is in line with pillar 6 of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2025 (FCCSIP-25) and the Renewed Hope Agenda’s Cities and Estate Programme.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), Dr Folasade Yemi Esan, presented symbolic keys to some of the beneficiaries and performed the official commissioning of the FISH Estate comprising 116 housing units of two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows at Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for core civil servants.

“Housing is universally recognised as one of man’s most essential needs and oftentimes, to find this need always gets complex with the rising population,” she said.

She said the current cost of housing to income ratio makes it practically unrealistic for civil servants to purchase houses.

She added that the FISH programme was instituted with the main objective of reducing the cost of housing for civil servants to the barest minimum and provide the necessary structures and framework to enhance its implementation.

She thanked the Ministry of Works, the Ministry of Power, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development for their support of the programme.

She said the critical infrastructure, such as tarred access roads, drainages, portable water supply and electrical installations, would be provided before the keys are handed over to the beneficiaries.

Also speaking, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, said the allocation of the land to the OHCSF by the ministry was part of a broader vision to build decent homes for Nigerians, which is in sync with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration.

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