By John Bulus
The Gombe State government has commenced the sale of houses to civil servants in the state on owner-occupier basis to help alleviate accommodation problem of government workers.
Governor Mohammed Danjuma Goje who disclosed this at a meeting with top civil servants and political class at the new Banquet hall of the Government House in Gombe, the state capital, said that the houses were built at a total cost of N447.2 million.
Goje said that benefitting civil servants will pay through monthly deductions from their salaries while the balance is to be completed before the retirement period of the beneficiary.
The governor further explained that public and political officers who are to leave office by May, 29, 2011 are expected to complete their payments before May 14, 2011, warning that they stand to lose their houses if they failure to comply.
He also stated that the exercise was done in all fairness and equity as “it would be unfair to eject somebody with his family from the property they have occupied for years to make room for someone else from another local government.”
Speaking on behalf of the civil servants, the Director, Community Development, Mr. Isaac Maspara, reiterated the continued support of the civil servants as a way of showing their appreciation for the government gesture and wished that successive governments would emulate the present government.
He remarked that the Goje administration has three motivational packages which included regular promotion, prompt payment of salaries and provision of shelter, saying they have distinguished the regime.