About three (300) civil servants in Adamawa State are to benefit from the Federal Mortgage Bank housing scheme loan.
Governor Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla, who presented the cheques to some of the beneficiaries at the Murtala Nyako Training Center, Yola, said the effort in line with the policy of this present administration which is aim to improve the welfare of civil servants in the state.
The governor explained that government is set to pay arrears to teachers, local government and health workers with effect from this week.
He said local government workers would receive three months arrears, health workers will receive two months arrears while teachers will receive one month arrears in addition to their December salaries.
The governor stressed that civil servants are critical in the sustainability of peace of the state especially in consolidation of the infrastructural development.
While reiterating state government’s determination towards supporting the scheme, Jibrilla noted that land for development had been provided by the state government, as government is determined to treat civil servants with dignity.
Head of Service, Doctor Louis Mandama said over three hundred civil servants will benefit from the scheme this year while forms will be made available for those interested.
He stressed that road rehabilitation in the state secretariat ignored in the last seventeen years is commendable adding that government is determined to provide water, electricity as well as parking space while periodic workshops for civil servants would be ensured.
Also speaking, Executive Director of Federal Mortgage Bank, Hajiya Rahimatu Aminu Aliyu said the fund is sourced from two point five percent of basic income of civil servants earning minimum wage of eighteen thousand Naira and beneficiaries are in two batches.
She said N359 million was approved for 450 one beneficiaries in the state, adding that so far six thousand circle servants have benefited from four point seven billion naira loan facility.
In a remark, the State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Dauda Mains described the governor as the creator of New Adamawa state, adding that civil servants in the state are the envy of all considering how civil servants have been given priority by the present administration in the state.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Wilson Pukuma appreciated both Federal and state governments for their effort to provide affordable Housing.
He appealed to government to resuscitate the state homes and savings to enable civil servants take loans to build houses and buy vehicle for use
By Tom Garba, Yola