NHF Scheme: Rivers Civil Servants Seek Govt Intervention

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Worried over the slow pace of the National Housing Fund Scheme and housing of civil servants, some workers have called on state government to intervene.

The civil  servants made pubic their view during an interactive forum organised by the Rivers State Housing and Property Development Authority (RSPHDA) recently.

Mr. Aniele Uba said even though the scheme is laudable some of the civil servants are under pressure to pay levies double of what they should.

Though he did not benefit from the NHF scheme, he said from indication the exercise has become a burden as a lot of them are yet to obtain the loan after several years of contributing to the scheme.

Another government worker, Grace Alikor expressed satisfaction over  the manner in which some civil servants benefited from the scheme.

She however observed that the repayment method still poses problems since a lot of them cannot be able to repay the loan at the specified time.

Mrs. Alikor was of the view that the state government should intervene by providing funds to fasten the construction of the Iriebe Housing Estate, now ceded to civil servants.

In her view, Felicia Giadom stressed that the deduction levied on the civil servants was too much for them considering their meager salaries.

Despite the short falls experienced in the scheme, she stated that it would enable civil servants own  their personal properties at affordable rates.

The only way to fasten the pace of work at the Civil Servants Estate  at Iriebe according to Giadom is for government to provide additional funds in order to reduce the financial pressure on government workers.

Earlier on General Manager of RSPHDA, Architect  Iyerifa Cookey-Gam assured the civil servants of government posture to provide affordable housing for its workers.

Architect Cookey-Gam implored the civil servants not to be discouraged by the slow pace of the scheme, as about 136 persons were granted NHF loans to own their houses.