71 Staff Get VON Garden City Houses

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A total of 71 members of staff of Voice of Nigeria (VON),
have emerged winners in the first phase of allocation of houses at VON Garden
City, Lugbe.

The 71 beneficiaries were selected last Tuesday in Abuja at
a brief ceremony supervised by Mr Aliyu Gusau, the Permanent Secretary in the
Federal Ministry of Information.

Three houses were allotted to staff in the Director
General’s office, nine to staff in the News Directorate, 12 in the Programmes
Directorate, 24 in the Administration Directorate, eight and 15 in the finance
and engineering directorates respectively.

The beneficiaries are staff members on GL 06 and above and
those that have spent up to 10 years in the organisation.

The houses allotted to the workers in the first phase of the
allocation comprised two-bedroom semi detached bungalows, three-bedroom
bungalows and five bedroom duplexes.

The VON Garden City project, situated near VON’s ultra
modern transmitting station at Lugbe, is being developed by VON in partnership
with a private property development firm.

The portion of the estate allotted to VON was allocated to
the staff of the organisation through a ballot system.

Speaking at the event, the permanent secretary urged the
beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity provided by the VON
management to own houses in Abuja.

He said that the gesture was meant to motivate the staff for
greater productivity and better service delivery.

Gusau commended the management of VON for its determination
to enhance the welfare and productivity of staff through the project.

He said that organisation would record improvements in the
output of its workers when more persons benefited from the project.

Earlier, the Director General of VON, Malam Abubakar Jijiwa,
said the project, which ground breaking ceremony was performed by Vice
President Namadi Sambo in March, would be completed in phases.

He said that the second batch of the ballot would be held as
soon as additional structures were completed by the developers.

Jijiwa promised those who had yet to benefit from the
project to remain patient, saying that more staff of the organisation would be
given the opportunity to own a house at the estate.

He said that it was the vision of the management to provide
varying degree of motivation to boost productivity and the well being of its
staff.

The DG said that the management, through the committee
in-charge of the project, would maintain transparency in the allocation of the
property to staff.

Our correspondent learnt that beneficiaries have six months
from the date of receipt of allocation letters to pay for the property.

It was also learnt that 135 staff members applied for the
houses in the first phase.