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