Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief
Anyim Pius Anyim, has in Abuja
re-affirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to providing decent
accommodation for citizens.
Anyim said this while inaugurating the Defence Headquarters
(DHQ) transit officers and men quarters at Mogadishu Barracks, Asokoro.
He said because comfortable accommodation for all citizens
was a matter of concern to the government, President Goodluck Jonathan recently
approved the establishment of a National Housing Committee.
“I wish to assure you that the president deeply appreciates
the loyalty and sacrifice of the armed forces. As the president takes immense
pride in the splendid works of all our serving personnel as you serve our
nation with courage and distinction home and abroad.
“ He regards the welfare, training, safety, discipline,
operational readiness of our service men as a matter of utmost national
priority. He accords the same regards to federal and retired personnel as
well,” he said.
The SGF noted that the president was working steadfastly to
equip the nation with well motivated, professional and devoted armed forces
which the country desire and deserve.
Anyim said that the speedy completion of the project, in
spite of the unrelenting rain, confirmed the alertness, speed, precision and
discipline with which the armed forces was known for.
“I commend the Chief of Defence staff and his team for this
wonderful feat. Let me assure you that I share your immense pride in this
“I am particularly pleased that the CDS has achieved this exemplary
result in addressing the accommodation problem of service personnel’s in the
DHQ as the importance of decent accommodation to serving personnel’s cannot be
Anyim urged the occupants of the accommodation to prudently
manage the facilities, stressing that each occupant must bear in mind, the
proper maintenance of his unit as well as the entire environment.
According to him, the maintenance of the accommodation will
be a reflection of the character of the officers and men of the armed forces.
Earlier, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal
Oluseyi Petinrin, said that due to the urgent need of accommodation for
officers and men, the DHQ decided to inaugurate the second phase of the
Petinrin said this was to ensure that those with urgent
accommodation move in while work continues on some other aspect of the project.
“The project we are inaugurating today comprises two blocks,
consisting of forty one-bedroom flat for officers and four blocks consisting of
one hundred and twenty one-bedroom flats for the soldiers, totalling 160
one-bedroom flat, all furnished.
“Work is going on on the additional four blocks consisting
of 160 one-bedroom flats for the officers, which has been fully paid for,‘’ he
He said the facility also had four boreholes with a 30,000
litre capacity tank to supplement FCT water supply.