Nigerian government assures sustainability of FISH programme

Rahila Lassa, Abuja

The Nigerian government has assured federal civil Servants in the country of the sustainability of the Federal Integrated Staff Housing, FISH, Programme.

Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-ita gave the assurance in her office when she met with stakeholders of the programme.

“One of the priorities of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is to address the housing deficit and improve the welfare of the federal public servants for effective and efficient service delivery to Nigerians,” she said.

Mrs. Oyo-Ita allays the fear of Nigerians and civil servants in particular, on whether the FISH Programme may collapse like other previous housing schemes, said that the Federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari was determined in not only making the programme work, but has also put in place machineries that will sustain it.

“A comprehensive brochure about the FISH programme will soon be made available free of charge to all applicants to create more awareness on the programme and correct the mis-perceptions of the guidelines and criteria involved before one is eligible to own his own house under the scheme,” she noted.

She noted that her office has in addition put in place stringent measures with adequate internal control mechanisms to address any attempt by some organizations, estate developers or individuals to frustrate the scheme.

“It is in line with this that the office of the Head of civil service of the Federation recently commissioned the “FISH Client Centre,” located at the ground floor of Block E, Federal Secretariat Complex phase 2, Abuja,” she added.

The Centre according to her, has equipped staff on ground that would provide applicants with all relevant and necessary information to guide them on which house to apply for and also inform them of the various developers available on the platform of the programme.

The Head of Service therefore, urged the stakeholders to continue to partner and support the Federal Government in its resolve to address the housing challenges facing Nigerians and the Federal civil servants in particular.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa who spoke on behalf of other FISH stakeholders assured the Head of Service of their support of the scheme and expressed readiness to continue to partner with the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation particularly in the area of provision of affordable housing to the Federal Civil Servants under the FISH programme of the Federal Government.

“My office has already commenced processing of the application forms of the Federal Civil Servants who have applied for the FISH programme,” Arc. Dangiwa.

He further assured that all the relevant FISH stakeholders will continue to partner with the Federal Government to ensure the sustainability of the FISH housing scheme in order to  help in addressing housing challenges faced by the civil servants for improved productivity and service delivery to Nigerians.

Omolayo.A