The chairman, Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji, Aliko Dangote, has urged that the government and the organised private sector must continue to collaborate not only to build structures but also build other national values and maintain existing structures to stimulate national development.
He stated this during the ground breaking ceremony of federal civil servants housing estate, a project of Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Programme in partnership with ABSI Building System International at the Apo, Tafyi district, Abuja as part of the activities marking the 2016 Nigeria Civil Service Week Celebration.
The head of the civil service of the federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, said the provision of mass housing as a basic need and necessity in every society would also contribute to the development of national economy through the generation of employment in the building and allied industries.
“My office conceptualised the FISH programme to provide cost effective and affordable housing for various categories of workers as a means to uplift their moral, commitment, stewardship and quality of life during and after service,” she said.
The permanent secretary, Common Services Office in the office of the head of the civil service of the federation, and chairman, FISH implementation committee, Mr Yemi Adelakun, said since the staff quarters policy was abolished, the fortune of workers in terms of accommodation had dwindled.
According to him, with the introduction of the FISH programme, “the upper limit price for the low cost houses are N5million, N9million, and N12million for one bedroom, two bedrooms and three bedrooms respectively. These prices can be lower depending on the level of infrastructure and site services the FISH programme can provide,” he said.