The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has launched a 5000-unit housing scheme (Manz Estate), for its personnel in Abuja.
The Deputy Comptroller-General of Immigration in charge of Human Resources, DCG Aminu Bako Yarima, carried out the foundation-laying ceremony of the project situated in the Kyami area of Abuja on behalf of the Comptroller-General, Muhammad Babandede.
Speaking to journalists after the ceremony, DCG Yarima said all personnel of the Service could apply for an apartment in the estate.
He said: “All officers are qualified whether you are in the Comptroller cadre, Supretendent cadre, Inspector cadre and even in the Assitant cadre.
“Those on the Superintendent and Inspector cadres have more years to spend in service. So, they will be able to pay in the money without having any financial embarrassment.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of Manz, the developer of the project, Adamu Ibn Adamu, said the first set of subscribers would take possession of their apartments before February 2022.
“We have One Bedroom Flat, Two Bedroom flat, Three Bedroom Flat, Three Bedroom Terrace Duplex, Four three Bedroom Terrace Duplex and Five Bedroom fully detached Duplex to accommodate all cadres of personnel.
“We are expecting 5000 units but for Phase 1, we are expecting 800 units and Phase 2 will begin before the end of the year,” he added.
While highlighting what stands the scheme out from others, Adamu said subscribers would pay the price of their houses within 10 years but could move into the houses after paying for three years.
Immigration personnel at the event, who spoke with Daily Trust, were excited about the project, commending the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, for his interest in the welfare of personnel of the Service.