By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The federal government has commissioned five new estates built for public servants in the FCT, financed by the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, as part of its corporate social responsibilities.
There were a total of five estates commissioned with a total of 400 housing units for various categories of public servants to further cushion the housing challenges in the Territory.
Commissioning the estates, the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who was represented by Engr. U.J Jibril, encouraged the Board to explore this new housing policy for more funding for the public servants housing scheme.
He used the occasion to appeal to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Ahaji Bukar Goni Aji , to ensured that he secured a large expanse of land along Kubwa Road provided by the FCT in 2011 for the provision of mass housing which was highly beneficial to Public servants in the FCT.
On his part, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for the giant strides in the promotion of welfare of the public servants, which is a major component of the priority areas of this administration.
He said several housing policies had been instituted in the past by successive administrations but could not achieve the desired result as a result of numerous challenges.
Earlier, the executive secretary of the Board, Dr. Mrs. Hannatu Adamu Fika, said the commissioning of the estates was a sign post that the present administration’s policy is workers friendly and that it believes in the ability of Public servants to effectively participate in the delivery of transformation agenda.
She reassured the administration of public servant’s loyalty and commitment for effective and efficient service delivery in return for the motivation provided by the government.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to the government and promised to contribute their quotas to the transformation and reform initiative of the present administration.