Customs C-G assures of affordable housing for officers

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The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS), Wale Adeniyi has reiterated his commitment to providing affordable housing for officers across the federation.

The Comptroller-General of Customs made this known in Kaduna while commissioning the NCS Housing Scheme at Gidan Iyali Estate, Millennium City, Kaduna.

He said, “This ceremony is not the last episode of what we have planned.

“There are projects similar to this in Kano, Asaba, Yola, Abuja, Enugu, and Uyo ready for flag-off.

“The national spread is aimed at providing officers and men of the service the opportunity to access and benefit from the laudable initiative that is not just pocket friendly but also at convenient locations,”he said.

Adeniyi said the service had on Dec. 18, 2023, commissioned the ceremony of a similar project of 5000 houses in Ibadan for serving officers.

“The initiative was deemed expedient as some of our personnel have retired from service without a befitting home to commence the new phase of life after retirement.

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“It is hoped that this initiative will go a long way at putting an end to the misery that has been experienced by some officers and men in the past,”he said.

The customs boss said the initiative was part of President Tinubu’s supportive efforts to provide affordable houses for Nigerians.

He also commended the support given to the service by Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, towards the success of the exercise.

Adeniyi urged officers who had shown interest in the projects not to relent, adding that the service would interface with Cooperative Mortgage Bank and the service’s ICT under the salary section.

He said this was to effectively manage the process of payments of the housing scheme.

Meanwhile, the Portfolio and Assets Manager of Family Homes, George Anih, said the firm was critical about providing shelter for Nigerians at affordable price.

He expressed commitment to partnering with the service to provide 5000 houses for officers and men.

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Mr. Musa Abubakar, Managing Director, Cooperative Mortgage Bank, commended the customs boss for his commitment, while assuring of successful completion of the project.

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