The Federal Government has expressed concern over the non-repayment of loans collected by some public servants under the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB) scheme to provide houses for them.
Dr Hannatu Fika, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the board, said this when she inspected some of the estates under the FGSHLB scheme in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Friday in Abuja.
“As long as the public servants who have taken loans from us have not liquidated their loans, the houses belong to the board.
“Our connection with these estates is, they belong literarily to federal public servants, who identified a developer and introduced the developer to us and instructed us to pay their own loan to developer so that we can provide houses for them
“And these houses we are seeing are houses that came through that partnership between the developers and the civil servants.
“And some of the occupants that are the principal officers of the management of the estate had approached us to assist by way of ensuring that the access roads within the estates are done.
“And you know as an old civil servant, it is always better to see what is on the ground and then you can push the request because they have appealed to us to get in touch with the ecological funds and so on.
“By the time we approach the DG of the ecological funds, we should be in the full picture of these estates, this why we are here.“
Meanwhile, some of the civil servants who have already occupied some of the completed houses have expressed joy over the FGSHLB scheme, which according to them; have relieved them of the burden of landlord-tenant crisis on house rent.
One of them, a resident of Ebele Okeke Estate, Lugbe, Mr Stephen Kwando, said the scheme had relieved him from challenges of yearly house rent and fracas between him and Landlords.
“Having the privilege to benefit from the Federal Government loan scheme is a privilege because it has taken off the burden of yearly landlord-tenant crisis, which you know is rent payment.
“In the last eight years I can say I have stayed here without having a landlord coming to knock at my door that my rent is due, or a lawyer writing me under the instruction of my principal to collect his rent.
“Of course, it is of immense benefits to every Federal Government loans beneficiary.
“And I will urge our colleagues who have not benefited from this scheme to key into it because it will alleviate part of their expenses in the FCT and the country at large. “
Mrs Maryam Shekoni, Vice President, Residents Association, and a resident of Amal Pepple Estate located at Toge in FCT, expressed joy over the scheme that could afford her a home of her own.
According to her, I feel much fulfilled and very grateful because ordinarily to be able to afford a house as a civil servant would have been a herculean task.
“But with intervention of the federal civil service loan, we were able to get our own homes, comfort and peace of mind whereby we are paying gradually,“ she said.