The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is set to commence a housing scheme to deliver 20,000 housing units for its personnel across the country.
FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the initiative tagged, “Vision 20,000 Housing Project”, was informed by the need to provide necessary incentives for FRSC operatives to enable them deliver on set goals of safer roads and fuller lives in the country.
Oyeyemi disclosed this when the management of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) visited his office. He said the Corps is collaborating with FMBN and other stakeholders in the housing and financial sectors to ensure the success of the project. He added that the scheme is a “one man, one house” residential arrangement to effectively provide affordable houses for the 20,000 strong staff of the Corps.
“Under the programme, 70 percent of the houses have been earmarked for junior staff of the Corps with a numerical strength of 15,000 while officers account for 5,000 of the staff strength. Realising that housing remains a critical component for human development, we will vigorously pursue the Vision 20,000 Housing Project to provide succour for our staff during and after their service,” he stated. The Corps Marshall added that FRSC management would subsidise the equity contribution of junior staff to make the units affordable for them.
On his part, Head, FRSC Staff Housing Unit, Ebenezer Adebisi, said that under the first phase of the scheme, the Corps would provide 10,000 housing units in the Abuja – Niger – Nasarawa axis, while Lagos and Ogun will have 5,000 units. He said Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano States would each have 500 units while additional 1,000 houses will be staggered in the remaining states of the federation.
In his remark, Managing Director, FMBN, Alh. Gimba Ya’u Komo, noted that FRSC had enjoyed a robust partnership with the bank over the years through provision of affordable housing units at Gwagwalada and Lokogoma.