Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Head Of Service Briefs Buhari On FISH, Strategic Plan

By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA-Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, on Tuesday in Abuja told President Muhammadu Buhari that the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme was on course. Winifred Oyo-Ita She also briefed the president on the 2017- 2019 Head of Service Strategic Plan which was launched in March, 2017 by Professor Yemi Osinbajo then as Acting President. It will be recalled that the FISH programme, launched by the Federal Government in 2016, was a housing scheme aimed “for good cause projects and most importantly, to eliminate middlemen and land speculations from the housing value-chain’’. Over N30 billion had already been committed to the Programme. Speaking with State House correspondents at the end of the closed door meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Oyo-Ita underscored Buhari’s interest in completing the projects. She said: “Mr President wanted an update on the (Civil) Service so far and especially the 2017 – 2019 Head of Service Strategic Plan and also briefed him on our FISH programme (Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme), which as you know is sub-set of Mr President’s National Housing Policy, which is so dear to his heart. “Well, the FISH programme as you note, what we are now relating with the developers and then we are also working very closely with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria especially in the area of mortgage facilities for civil servants. “The Minister of Power, Works and Housing has given us a lot of cooperation in this regard.’’ The Head of Service also stated that she briefed President Buhari on the three year Strategic Plan from 2017-2019.

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