By Kate Obande-Okewu
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita assured civil servants that the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Scheme, launched in 2016, was nonetheless on track and never deserted.
She gave the peace of mind whereas briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja on the achievements of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of The Federation (OHCSF) in 2017.
She stated that the scheme was created as a part of OHCSF efforts to spice up welfare of civil servants and supply inexpensive homes at a decreased value for them.
According to her, the FISH programme has not been deserted;
“The programme is to be an built-in platform between the OHCSF and different authorities companies which have the mandate for provision of infrastructure, land and finance in authorities, working in partnership with personal builders.
“Building a home isn’t just placing up a construction, you want lands and buildings; all these are constructed into the price of the home.
“And that’s the reason so many homes are costly and past the attain of the civil servants.
“The thought of the FISH programme is a noble one and I wish to guarantee you it isn’t being deserted, the concept is to chop the general value of getting land from the federal government, engineering providers and so forth.’’
Oyo-Ita famous that although 23,000 functions have been obtained and processed, no civil servant has taken possession of any home due to the business fee introduced ahead by the builders.
She added that her workplace was making efforts to make sure that the builders additional cut back the price of the homes, to make it inexpensive for civil servants.
The HOS defined that the worth positioned on the homes by personal builders generated some friction between the off takers of the FISH programme and the builders.
“We are all aware of the financial stress we skilled within the nation final yr, such that the federal government companies couldn’t truly come collectively to supply these sorts of infrastructure.
“We are working critically to see how we are able to cut back the fee for civil servants, as a result of the fee introduced ahead by builders had been at their business fee.
“I’m glad to tell you that the Minister of FCT has knowledgeable us that land is now obtainable for FISH and he has put plenty of curiosity within the matter.’’
She assured civil servants that they are going to re-calculate and supply homes at a decreased worth for off takers this yr.
According to her, 1,500 civil servants have benefitted from the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB) renovation mortgage scheme.
She added that the mortgage was initiated as a part of efforts to supply inexpensive housing for civil servants.
Oyo-Ita acknowledged that it was in collaboration with the OHCSF and FGSLHB to make funds obtainable for public servants to renovate their houses.