The Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) has expressed displeasure over the inability of Civil Servants to access the National Housing Fund (NHF).
Speaking to Journalist in Port Harcourt on some of the challenges faced by civil servants with respect to their welfare, the National Vice Chairman, South-South zone of the NCSU, Mene Nzidee said the inability of Civil Servants to have access to the housing funds calls for concern, even when they need it.
Nzidee said that it is a great dis-service to workers that they could not have access to the fund which they have contributed, adding that the bulk of public servants that contribute this fund, does not know how the fund is being managed or administered.
He said that due to the rigidity of the system which could be traced to the law establishing it, many workers who would have owned house before their retirement, could not eventually benefit from the scheme.
The NCSU National Vice Chairman also pointed out that housing fund and Mortgage financing are very crucial in home ownership, adding that without access to such funds, it will be difficult for civil servants to own houses.
According to him, “The very essence of the NHF was to enable the public servant own their own home, and the deductions made from their monthly salaries was for that, but how many officers have benefited even at their retirement.”
He therefore called for a review of the statute and operations of the NHF to make it viable so as to achieve the purpose for which it is intended, especially for the purpose of enabling civil servants to own their own home before retirement.
Nzidee also urged the Federal Government to invest the fund into housing development so as to bridge the deficit currently experienced.
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