Organised labour has rejected plans by the the National Assembly to scrap the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, FGSHLB. In a statement, Bobboi Kaigama, President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, and Alade Lawal, Secretary-General, said the move is unpatriotic.
They said the bill will make life difficult for civil servants who hope to own their own houses through the board.
“The ill-advised Bill which has gone through second reading in the Federal House of representatives, if allowed to be passed into law, will certainly inflict maximum damage, pain, and sorrow on hapless public servants who have devoted their entire working lives serving their fatherland.
“The Decree 6 of 1974 (now Act of parliament) that established the Board charged it with four core mandates of providing loan facilities for public servants to build a residential house in Nigeria for use of the applicant or his family; purchase a parcel of land in Nigeria in which such residential house is to be built; purchase a residential house in Nigeria for use of the applicant or his family; and for improving or extending a residential house owned by the applicant and to which he has a valid and good title acceptable to the Board.
“It is on record that the Board has, since its inception granted loan facilities to about 22,989 public officers to buy land, build or purchase houses.
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was among eminent persons that have benefitted from the scheme,” the statement read.