The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) says it has developed and made available 41 housing units for its members in Taraba State.

According to the TUC, the housing units were constructed in partnership with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and Nigeria Labour Congress.

In an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Lagos, the President, TUC, Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, said the 41 housing units out of 50 that were allocated to the body had been given to members who applied for them, adding that the remaining would be handed over to the beneficiaries in due course.

Kaigama said and I quote, “We have about 100 housing units in Taraba State and we have been given about 50 housing units. Forty-one of our members have requested for the houses and the balance of nine will be given out to beneficiaries very soon.

“In other states where there are active Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association members, the ratio is distributed among the three stakeholders, NECA, NLC and TUC.”

He explained that similar projects had been executed and inaugurated in places like Abuja, Katsina, Enugu and Kaduna.

Kaigama also stated that the major criteria for benefiting from the scheme were regular contribution to the National Housing Fund, 10 per cent equity contribution by the subscribers, while the FMBN would provide the mortgage to cover the balance of 90 per cent of the cost of the houses.

He also stated and I quote, “Depending on the number of years left in service and their ages, the workers’ payment will be spread across the remaining years left for them. There is a master plan for the execution of the project and it is a continuous plan that will be delivered in phases.”

“With regards to the NLC/TUC partnership with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which is being religiously followed. We have houses being developed by Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and these houses are given directly to the NLC and TUC. But then, the two unions will directly give their members who are qualified and who in turn are not in any way screened out after submission.”

The labour unions had partnered with the FMBN in 2013 to provide 3.5 million housing units of various ranges for workers across the country in 15 years.

The TUC leader urged the incoming government to make laudable policies that Nigerians would benefit from, especially in the area of subsidized and affordable housing.

Source:  Punch Newspaper


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