Naomi Gabriel —
The Rivers State chapter of the National Union of Local Employee (NULGE) is partnering with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) in ensuring that workers across the state are enrolled in National Housing Fund Scheme, to provide affordable housing.
This was held at a one-day sensitization and advocacy meeting organized by the state leadership of NULGE and the management team of FMBN for the NULGE union executives in the 23 local government councils has been held at the NULGE Consulate in Port Harcourt, last Friday.
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The scheme which is to enable workers at the local government level benefit from the Federal Mortgage Bank housing loans in owning their personal houses like their counterparts across the country.
President of NULGE, Rivers State Branch, Comrade Paul Clifford described the Federal Mortgage Housing contributory scheme as a good project, adding that if members of the union key into the programme, it would afford them the opportunity to own their houses.
He said that the move to get their members to be part of the housing scheme as contributors had been on before his emergence, adding that he inherited the plans from his predecessor.
“It is voluntary, as career civil servants; we have to key into it. But, the management of the mortgage bank has to work with the various LGAs because some staff are already into some form of loans with other banks so that they can avoid friction, it is a laudable project”, he stated.
Also speaking, a representative of the FMBN Abuja, Mohammed Abubakar, said some staff of the Rivers State Civil Service were already involved in the scheme, explaining that there was need for the LG councils to key in so as to benefit from the scheme.
He said the scheme was designed to provide cheap and affordable loans for low income earners in the country, adding that the bank would continue the sensitization/advocacy awareness to LG councils as well as strengthen its relationship with NULGE.