Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has presented keys to 100 housing units to 100 junior civil servants in the state who had won the facilities 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 per cent of the total cost of the houses, the AG Mortgage Bank provided the balance by way of mortgage arranged through the Federal Mortgage Bank (FMBN).
The one bedroom apartments are said to worth N4.7 million naira each, and 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 the occasion was “very auspicious and historic occasion” noting that the beneficiaries emerged in an open lottery exercise.
“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 further recalled that the gesture “is also a reaffirmation of our commitment to improving the welfare of workers in Enugu State and to the provision of affordable housing for all Enugu citizens”.
Also, the management of AG Mortgage Bank in their presentation through the Executive Director, Ngozi Anyaogu while congratulating the beneficiaries said the bank as at June 2016 have investments worth about N2.1 billion in lands and mortgage financing in the last nine years of its operation Enugu state.
Anyaogu said the bank remained determined to partner the state especially in mortgages, explaining that the 100 Housing Units enjoy insurance cover in event of death, accident involving permanent disability and loss of job.
Other speakers included the Chairman of COPEN Group, Rev. Ugochukwu Chime, whose company are the developers, the state Head of Service, Mr. Chidi Ezema, commissioner for Housing, Charles Ogbo Asogwa, and a representative of the beneficiaries Mr. Peter Odo, a driver on grade level 3 praised the governor for remembering the workers in the state.