The Federal Government on Thursday officially flagged off the construction of 100,000 mass housing units for workers across the country.
Performing the ceremony in Apo, Tapyi Distric Abuja, President Godluck Ebele Jonathan said that the houses will be for workers in all states of the federation, adding that government was collaborating with the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress on the project.
He said “under the scheme, our plan is to build 100,000 housing units across the country, which will provide so many families where to stay. As we commence this project today, I promise that our administration will not waver on our commitment to transform our country.
“And in doing that, we will make sure that the counterpart infrastructural development of the mass housing is accorded top priority. So I call on the entire Nigerian working class to continue to serve as partners in progress with the government and be social partners with their employers through the NLC and TUC.”
President Jonathan further said that government was partnering with the civil service unions by providing houses, adding that it was also collaborating with private sector players through the mortgage refinancing scheme to build affordable houses for workers.
Earlier in his goodwill massage, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mr. Danladi Kifasi expressed total loyalty of the civil servants in the country to the federal government. “Today’s event is a clear statement, Mr. President that you are poised to improve on the welfare of public servants.
We say a big thank you and want to reassure you that we are resolute in our commitment to the service of our country. We are encouraged and enamored the more, to work in ensuring that the various government policies and programmes especially enunciated under the Transformation Agenda are carried out with diligence and renewed vigour. We realize that the opportunity to serve the country is the greatest calling which we are privileged to have as Nigerians.
To this, Mr. President, i assure you that the public service remains loyal, committed and unwavered. We look forward to the success of this scheme and pray that it will contribute in a major way to
peace and progress of our dear country.” He said.
The NLC President Comrade Abdul Wahab Umar and his Trade Union Congress counterpart thanked the federal government for the partnership which they said will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the workers in the country.
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