Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA mass housing in danger, group alleges sabotage

Fear has been expressed in some quarters that the mass housing allocation by the immediate past FCT minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, to address housing deficit among public servants will be truncated by undue bureaucracy as it has been hijacked by some individuals in the FCT administration. 

A group, which claims to be interfacing with the FCT administration on the mass housing scheme, has raised the alarm that there are plans by some unscrupulous management staff to side-line those the scheme is meant for. 

In an open letter signed by the group’ coordinator, Mr. Cletus Uwazuronye, he alleged that some highly placed officials are bent on manipulating and abusing the system.

As a result of the manipulations, he appealed to the FCT minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, to expeditiously review the mass housing scheme. 

The group also called on the minister to invite various representatives involved in the scheme to a meeting to provide comprehensive progress report of their activities on the land allocated to them for scrutiny. 

Uwazuronye however said the mass housing policy was a commendable initiative if well implemented, will go a long way of addressing the dire housing shortage in the territory. 

The letter reads in part: "The need to address the acute housing shortage within the Federal Capital Territory Administration prompted the former FCT Administration under Senator Bala Mohammed to constitute a Ministerial Committee on land allocation, for corporate bodies, including cooperative societies and staff welfare schemes. This encouraged corporate bodies; ministries, agencies, departments and parastatals, as well as private organisations to apply for land for their members. 

"Following this opportunity offered to corporate bodies, the FCT Administration, in February, 2015, approved the land application of about nine (9) staff co-operatives and issued each with letter of intent in April, 2015 and which acceptance certificates must have been signed by the various representatives. 

"This is in line with the federal government policy on mass housing which led the acting Head of Civil Service to inaugurate a committee on the implementation of integrated staff housing in order to address the housing needs of workers. 

"It is important to remind the Honourable Minister that for consistency, continuity and follow-up, government should insist on achieving the essence of the land allocation; which is to encourage provision of enough houses for the people. This should not be truncated by undue bureaucracy or hijacked by suspicious management control."

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