The new Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abudullahi

Gana Muhammadu, says the corps is working in collaboration with real estate developers to mitigate the 85 per cent housing deficit experienced by members.

Muhammadu who spoke through a representative, Aruma Idris at a one-day workshop to sensitise members of the NSCDC on the mass housing policy of government said the idea is for a mass qualitative and affordable housing for all corps.

He said “A majority of us are not housed in our own homes. Virtually 85 per cent of us are living in rented houses and you know we always stay around the people. We are grass root security outfit and for this, we stay in the midst of the people.”

He emphasised that the idea is never t to establish a barrack but to carter for the welfare of corps and their family members.

“We are hoping for a mass qualitative house for all our members. The idea is for us buy into the housing sector because a majority of our members have not been sensitised about this, so after this programme, we hope to key into it.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the Housing Developers Corporative Society, Olabode Afolayan warned developers to stop the idea of building houses and waiting for would-be buyers to buy them as this is leaving many houses uninhabited in Abuja.

He said “Today we have lots of problem with the Federal Mortgage Bank caused by some us simply by taking facilities from the FMB on speculative rounds. Such developers never talked to the customers about their needs before such houses are built.”

Source: Leadership Newspaper

 

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