The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to provide affordable houses and reduce the housing deficit faced by public servants.

This was disclosed by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, during the groundbreaking ceremony of 116 housing units under the Federal Integrated Staff Housing Programme in the Federal Capital Territory.

The FISH programme, an initiative created in 2015, is a welfare scheme developed to provide quality and affordable housing for civil servants through the facilitation of loan and mortgage facilities at a single interest rate.

Although the scheme has been enmeshed in controversy, Yemi-Esan noted that the programme was suited to solve the housing needs of every public officer, adding that the new site is in a prime area spanning 5 hectares.

She further stated that civil servants are critical components of development in a nation and special attention must be given to their housing welfare.

She said, “This groundbreaking event is a watershed moment in accelerating the attainment of the government’s agenda of ensuring the welfare of civil servants through the provision of affordable housing.”

“The FISH programme was conceptualised as a vehicle to address the current housing deficit faced by civil servants consequent upon monetisation policy that saw the selling of government’s quarters across the country.”

On his part, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, reeled out many policy efforts being carried out by the present administration, which he argued were targeted at uplifting the welfare of civil and public servants in Nigeria to make them comfortable enough to perform optimally.



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