The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said the Force had commenced the construction of post-retirement housing units for its personnel across the country.
Idris made the disclosure at the inauguration of the Nigeria Police Force housing estate in Mbora district of Abuja on Tuesday.
The post-retirement project was carried out in conjunction with CORPAN International Ltd.
“When these houses are completed, the challenges of accommodation for police officers both in and out of retirement would have been taken care of,“ he said.
He said that the housing scheme was a motivating factor for police officers to perform their duties and help in resisting corrupt tendencies.
“If a police officer knows that he is assured of a house during and after service, he will be committed to his duties and resist corrupt tendencies,“ he said.
The police boss said that provision of affordable housing for officers was one of the cardinal objectives of the current police management team.
He enjoined police officers to subscribe to houses in the estate and other states constructed by the force across the country.
The Chairman, Board of Nigeria Police Force Mortgage Bank, retired DIG Uba Ringim, said that the estate was partly financed, marketed and supervised by the bank.
“It was conceived to cater for the housing needs of every senior police officers and other interested members of the public,“ he said.
Ringim said that the bank had become a veritable platform for providing police officers and men access to the National Housing Fund (NHF) scheme.
Ringim said that the force was the highest contributor with over N10 billion in remittances to the scheme since inception.
He said that the bank had provided housing loans to about 500 police officers under the NHF scheme with over 3000 applications at various stages of processing.
The chairman disclosed that the bank had developed and commissioned 400 low-cost housing units in Benin, Enugu, Katsina and Yola.
He solicited for more collaboration between the bank and critical stakeholders to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship for all.
The Managing Director, CORPAN International Ltd., Mr. Andy Chime, said the company in line with the IGP`s directive, had constructed four other housing estates for the police in the FCT.
“I therefore, call on officers to begin to subscribe to these houses on time as these estates have fully been subscribed except few terraces in the second phase,“ he said.
Credit: PM News