By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Chairman of Concerned Subscribers’ of the Nationwide Workers’ Housing Scheme, Chief Emeka Anuna has called on the federal government to intervene in the lingering mass housing scheme case between the group and its developer Goodhomes.
Protesting yesterday in Abuja at Labour House,Anuna disclosed that the Nationwide Workers’ Housing Scheme was an initiative of the federal government through the Federal Capital Territory Administration in collaboration with the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC/Trade Union Congress(TUC),saying that the project was to be executed solely by Goodhomes Development Company Limited who had a plan to initially develop10,000 units of various types of housing in Apo Tafyi district,Apo mechanic village, Abuja .
He said, “we the subscribers are 133 in number and we have paid the total sum of N311,539,600.00 since 2012 for the houses to be delivered after 6 months. We are in 2020 that’s 8 years counting, no basic infrastructure was delivered to any subscriber.
“In July 2018,after several attempts by subscribers to demand from Goodhomes company, they decided to invite us for meeting, they proposed to allocate subscribers built carcasses which we all agreed only for them to come up with a humongous amount for those carcasses.
“The subscribers rejected their offer as being insensitive to the plight of workers . In 2019 we still had another meeting Goodhomes proposed to sell plot of land to subscribers to enable them build their town houses not block of flat in our original agreement.
“With various minimum cost depending on the carcasses ,we are now meant to pay far more than the commercial rate for such land in the same district, the district that was given free to workers.”
According to him,”some subscribers who were frustrated by Goodhomes insincerity and complete lack of concern both from government and NLC/TUC opted out of Project but their hard earn monies have not been refunded till date “.
“Regrettably, some subscribers have passed away without enjoying their hard earned investment with the project executor.
Adding that,”Goodhomes then threatened to sell off the land to members of the public if we do not respond before end of July, 2019. This threat came to light as Goodhomes changed their name to Henry and Nick Associates Limited. They have been aggressively marketing the land to members of the public via large billboards placed at strategic locations in the city centre at a cost lower than what we were offered. Warning the general public not to buy land from developer,“Anuna said.
Responding, the NLC President Ayuba Wabba stated that “it is true that the federal government was not able to deliver the housing scheme on time.
But there is an agreement between FCDA and the developer and it is true that the land was only for Nigerians workers.“