Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has laid the foundation stone of 550 mass housing project for officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Sokoto command at Milgoma town in Bodinga local government area.
The project, a joint venture between the NSCDC and Tunkey Projects LTD, a reputable construction firm in the sector, is according to Governor Tambuwal, in the prevailing economic situation, the only way for securing crucial services for the people.
Tambuwal said there is no doubt that conducive shelter, being one of the critical human needs, is a prequisite condition for the optimum performance of public servants, especially for the men and women who are tasked with safeguarding the safety of our lives and property.
He commended the NSCDC for the progressive initiative which has the potential dividends of greatly improving the working condition of officers and men of the corps; and by extension, raising its productivity and efficiency.
He said his administration is well aware of the importance of shelter to the lives of workers and efficiency of the service.
“We have, consequently, sustained a robust policy that is aimed at providing affordable housing for the civil servants,” Gov. Tambuwal said.
He said in the same spirit the State Government has early in his tenure, completed and allocated to beneficiaries, the 500 housing units at Kalambaina, while another set of 500 quarters at Gidan Salanke are nearing completion.
He also said they have, in the same vein, entered into understandings with private firms towards the provision of affordable shelter for our civil servants at locations of their choice in the state.
The governor explained that his administration also sold all government quarters to their occupants, irrespective of their employment and state of origin.
“The sales, which were at huge subsidies, have enabled many beneficiaries to resell their houses at market price and acquired alternative accommodation, while utilizing the profits for other gainful ventures,” he added.
Tambuwal also said the sale of government quarters has also created a huge boost in the property sector of the state, by providing the impetus for new constructions at different parts of the state capital.
He also said the State Government has similarly began the construction of 342 houses at the Sokoto New City. This, according to him, will provide the catalyst for expansion of the City, through the allocation of plots for private and public sector development.
The governor confided that the proposed 550 NSCDC housing units, will form part of the urban renewal that his administration envisions.
He congratulated the officers and men of the NSCDC for being potential beneficiaries of this noble scheme and enjoined them to view the initiative as an incentive for greater commitment and dedication to duty on their part.
In his remarks, the Commandant General of the NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, represented by DCG Zakari Ibrahim Ningi, Deputy Commandant Administration, said the project further buttressed his vision of general welfare rejuvenating, re-jigging and reshaping the corps toward effective service delivery.
He thanked governor for allocating the land and all necessary assistance required at Milgoma community in Bodinga local government.
He said the kind gesture goes further to prove His Excellency’s commitment and determination towards enhancement of peace and security in Sokoto state by constantly supporting activities and operations of security agencies, particularly the NSCDC in the state.
The CG also commended the governor for his magnanimity, continued support and assistance to the growth development operations efficiency of the corps in the state and assured to continue to give support the lofty programmes of the government.
Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Governor
Aug. 25, 2022