Posted on February 3, 2017
The hope of 16, 000 federal civil servants to having access to affordable homes may soon come to pass following a statement by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, that about 16,000 federal civil servants who participated in the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Property Fair are to benefit from the first phase of the mass housing scheme.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja at a special FISH Housing Finance Workshop 2017, themed: “Delivering Affordable Housing to Federal Civil Servants”, she disclosed that over 23,000 federal workers have registered as members of the FISH Cooperative Society Limited.
According to her, the 16,000 workers that participated in the fair had made their choices of the houses according to the discounted prices on preferred locations as displayed by the developers.
“As at today, about 1,350 houses at various locations in Abuja and Lagos have been uploaded unto FISH program and allocations has commenced basically on ‘first come first serve’,” Oyo-Ita said.
She said while the FISH programme is strategic initiative designed purposely as an intervention project for massive housing delivery to federal civil servants, it is also a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for housing delivery for federal workers and is being driven by strategic partnership involving relevant ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) among others.
“To further consolidate on the strategic partnership, three mutually inclusive platforms have been created with the real estate developers. Firstly, the developers with completed houses on discounted prices. Secondly, the developers with land, funds and technologies to construct houses and lastly developers with finance and technology to construct houses on ground land allocation from FISH. All the partners work simultaneously,” she said.
On his part president of the Real Estate Development Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Mr. Ugochukwu Chime said the cost of infrastructures for the estates were added to the cost of the units of the houses as the infrastructures were not provided free as was the case on other areas like Maitama and Asokoro, and also in some cities across the country.