A new 128-unit residential housing scheme has been unveiled by the military authorities to ease accommodation problems for officers and men working at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja.
Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike, while commissioning the first phase of the housing project located at the Mogadishu and Mambilla Barracks, said a total of 264 units were being planned in the two locations.
Dike said that the scheme is expected to be completed before the end of the year to address the acute accommodation which has in recent past affected the morale of personnel posted to DHQ.
The completed first phase consists of 128 flats, comprising 32 self-contained and four blocks of 24 flats. The 32 self-contained fully furnished flats in Mogadishu Barracks which will house the officers have a gym, a maintenance unit which has been absent in previous housing units, mini mart, a common room and a standby generating set.
The four blocks of 24 flats each will house 95 soldiers, rating and airmen at the Mambila Barracks. The flats, which are also self-contained and fully furnished have a generating set. They were all constructed within six months.
The defence chief noted: AToday=s commissioning is in fulfilment of that promise. It is also the first installment in a continuous effort aimed at gradually addressing the negative impact which the scarcity of accommodation was beginning to have on the output and morale of personnel.
AOur intention is to commence the construction of another set of blocks for officers and men, to be delivered before the end of the year. At that time, we hopefully would have catered for 64 officers as well as 200 soldiers, ratings and airmen, effectively; this should substantially reduce, if not completely eliminate, accommodation-related problems for DHQ personnel serving in Abuja.
ALet me reassure you that no effort will be spared in ensuring the provision of essential welfare facilities for personnel of DHQ. By the same token, it is my expectation that these gestures will translate to noticeable improvement in output, turnout, security-consciousness, loyalty and dedication to individual and group responsibilities.
AAdditionally, the maintenance of these structures remains the collective responsibility of all. I therefore urge you all to judiciously utilize these facilities so as to preserve them for future generations.@