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Reps To Probe Management Of Contribution Under National Housing Fund

Posted: Nov 24, 2015 at 4:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Rotimi Akinwumi
The House of Representatives Tuesday expressed its readiness to launch an investigation into the management and status of monies contributed into the national housing fund by Civil Servants 23 years after its inception.
In taking the decision to institute a probe into the controversial fund, another decision was taken that  individuals with contributions above ten years should be allowed to withdraw their money and seek for alternative options to their housing needs due to the unrealistic status of the funds in the hands of government.
The decisions of the lower parliament were resolutions on a motion on the “Need to Investigate the Funds that have Accrued to the National Housing Fund since Inception”, sponsored  by Hon. Johnson Odionwele (PDP, Edo).
In his lead debate,  the lawmaker told the House that since subscription to the National Housing fund commenced 23 years ago, nothing has been heard from the government as to how the funds are being managed and what the status of monies so contributed is.
He said those charged with the management of the fund have maintained a blind eyes to the plight of Civil servants, adding that most of these civil servants who subscribed to this fund have died leaving  behind their entitlement.
“As we speak, 23 years after the establishment of the fund, there are no visible signs of the envisaged mass housing project or any known beneficiary of the scheme, yet the contributions have continued as deductions are still being made at source”, Odionwele said.
Contributing to the debate, Hon. Joseph Adelaja (PDP, Ondo) said: “I support this motion totally and I urge my colleagues to key into it that something must be done about this issue. It is time to call the attention of government as the peoples parliament that the rights of Nigerians must not be trampled upon”.
Hon. Darlington Nwokocha, (PDP, Abia) stated that many people who have invested their money should reap the benefit of their investment.
“So I’m in support that this fund be investigated and those whose money had been taken should be made to benefit through government investment in the Housing sector to reduce the huge housing deficit in the country” he said.
Another lawmaker from Edo state, Hon. Johnson Agbonayiemen told his colleagues that the development must be looked into and examples made of those responsible for the management and delivery of the housing scheme for future reference.
“Mr. Speaker, for monies to be collected from Nigerians for 23 years and not been put to use for the benefit of the people is a total failure and is unacceptable to this House. I support this motion wholeheartedly because this motion stands to defend the people of this nation that those who rob others of their legitimate rights must be made to pay for their atrocities against the people”, he said.
Hon Chike Okafor (APC, Imo) in his contribution noted that quite a large number of Nigerians have been fleeced of their hard earned money through the scheme.
“From available records, we have about 6.7million workers in Nigeria. These workers have contributed parts of their earnings to this housing fund. This amount has not been accessed by these people, and we must know what happened to this money over the years” he noted.
Chairman House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaq Namdas in his comments said  “I just want to add that its like each time people want to do things to better their future, the state sabotages them. If i was a civil servant and I contribute to a fund for 23years without knowing the fate of my money, then I wont be a happy man. So I urge this House to look into this matter and do justice accordingly”.
The motion was amended and passed via  voice votes when the call was made by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.