The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita says that about 23,000 civil servants have registered as members under the FISH Cooperative Society Limited, as a criteria to benefit from the ongoing Federal Integrated Staff Housing Program.
” As today, more than 23,000 civil servants have registered as members under the FISH Cooperative Society Ltd to be eligible to benefit from this program. However, about 16,000 civil servants participated in the FAIR and chose houses of their choice according to the discounted prices on preferred locations as displayed by the developers”
Oyo-Ita disclosed this yesterday at a housing finance workshop in Abuja. The workshop, organised with the theme: “Delivering Affordable Housing to Federal Civil Servants” is said to be a strategic follow up plan towards a successful implementation of the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Program.
” The Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Program you would recall is a special intervention project initiated by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to deliberately alleviate the housing challenges faced by Federal civil servants”, said Oyo-Ita.
The project that is expected to deliver about 5,000 units of houses between May and December 2017, this project is also said to have been anchored on strategic partnership with mortgage and financial institutions, Real Estate Developers and some organised private sectors.
The head of service who acknowledged that the project is a worthwhile scheme that will restore the dignity of the civil servants, also admitted that there are some inherent challenges that is confronting the scheme, and overcoming is a task that must be accomplished.
According to her, cost of land, construction finance, mortgage loans and rising cost of building materials are some of the challenges that need to be addressed.
In his remarks, the National President of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, ( REDAN) Rev. Ugochukwu Chime said that infrastructure being key to the development of housing scheme must be given adequate attention by the government to subsidize cost of houses.
He noted that high cost of infrastructural development is responsible for the exorbitant housing prices, as developers usually include the cost in the price of houses.