By Christopher Isiguzo
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state on Saturday presented the keys of 100 housing units to 100 junior civil servants in the state who had won them through an open ballot exercise.
The governor had initiated the gesture four months into his administration in 2015. While the government wrote-off 30 to 54 percent of the total cost of the houses, the AG Mortgage Bank provided the balance by way of mortgage arranged through the Federal Mortgage bank.
The one bedroom apartments are said to be worth N4.7 million naira each. Some of the beneficiaries who are mainly civil servants between grade levels 1 and 10 have a five-year duration to complete payment while others have up to 30 years.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ugwuanyi said at the “very auspicious and historic occasion” that beneficiaries emerged in an open lottery.
“A hundred lucky civil servants thereafter emerged as winners of the lottery and, having paid the over 30 per cent equity contribution that we promised for each of them, we are here today to formally hand over to them, the keys to their apartments.
“This event is in accordance with our promise to deploy government resources and services to create fair and equal opportunity for every willing citizen, to make a living, create wealth and enjoy life in a peaceful and secure environment”, he told the jubilant gathering at the estate venue of the handover ceremony,” he said.
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