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ABUJA Housing Fund: Reps Urge Civil Servants To Withdraw Monies

House of Representa­tives yesterday launched an investiga­tion into the management and status of monies con­tributed into the national housing fund by Civil Servants 23 years after its inception.

The House also held that civil servants who have contributed into the Housing fund for up to ten years should be allowed to withdraw their money and seek for alternative options to their housing needs due to the unreal­istic status of the funds in the hands of government.

These resolutions fol­lowed a motion on the “Need to Investigate the Funds that have Accrued to the National Housing Fund since Inception”- sponsored by Hon. John­son Odionwele.

While moving the mo­tion on the floor, Odi- onwele told the House that since subscription to the National Housing fund commenced 23 years ago, nothing has been heard from the govern­ment as to how the funds are being managed and what the status of monies so contributed is.

According to him, those charged with the manage­ment of the fund have maintained a blind eyes to the plight of Civil ser­vants, adding that most of these civil servants who subscribed to this fund have died living behind their entitlement.

“As we speak, 23 years after the establishment of the fund, there are no visi­ble signs of the envisaged mass housing project or any known beneficiary of the scheme, yet the contri­butions have continued as deductions are still being made at source, “the law maker said.

On his part, Hon. Jo­seph Adelaja said, “I sup­port this motion totally and I urge my colleagues to key into it that some­thing must be done about this issue. It is time to call the attention of gov­ernment as the peoples parliament that the rights of Nigerians must not be trampled upon”.


– Dyepkazah Abuja

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