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Despite Economic Challenges, FG Delivers Affordable Housing to Civil Servants

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The federal government has provided affordable and quality housing through the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme.

This initiative, housed within the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), aligns with strategic objectives outlined in the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan 2021-2025 (FCCSIP-25).

Folasade Yemi Esan, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, disclosed this achievement during a ceremonial key presentation to beneficiaries and the official commissioning of the FISH Estate located in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The estate comprises 116 two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows tailored specifically for core Civil Servants.

“Housing is universally recognized as one of man’s most essential needs,” noted Dr. Yemi Esan, highlighting the complexity posed by rising populations and economic challenges that hinder home ownership among Civil Servants. She emphasized that the FISH programme was conceived to alleviate these burdens by significantly reducing housing costs and providing necessary infrastructure support.

The commissioning ceremony was graced by dignitaries including Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, Minister of Housing and Urban Development, underscored the government’s commitment to providing decent housing aligned with the Renewed Hope Agenda.

He praised the FISH initiative for not only offering housing solutions but also for enhancing the quality of life and productivity of Civil Servants, crucial to national development.

Representatives from the Ministries of Works, Power, Environment, and Housing assured ongoing support for infrastructure development within the estate, crucial for the comfort and sustainability of the housing units.

Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Shehu Usman Osidi, hailed the commissioning as a monumental step towards ensuring affordable housing for Civil Servants across federal and state levels.

Comfort Adeosun, overseeing the Office of Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, emphasized the impact of the FISH programme in guaranteeing job satisfaction and retirement security for Federal Civil Servants.

In his remarks, Alhaji Ibrahim Mairiga, Executive Secretary of the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB), expressed gratitude to all stakeholders involved in making the FISH Estate a reality, while emphasizing the need for continued collaboration to expand housing opportunities.

The commissioning of the FISH Estate not only underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing Civil Servants’ welfare but also stands as a tangible manifestation of efforts towards sustainable urban development and inclusive growth.

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