The Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, yesterday reiterated that the Nigerian Navy (NN) is committed to providing affordable housing for both serving and retired personnel.
Gambo, who gave the assurance during the groundbreaking ceremony and laying of the foundation of Sailors Homes Estate, Kyami, Abuja, said the development was another milestone among initiatives in the transformation of the maritime armed forces.
He said his plans were articulated for infrastructural development towards effective discharge of the navy’s constitutional mandate, particularly in the area of stopping crude oil theft.
He noted that the navy was cognizant of the significance of shelter as an essential basic need, which he said undoubtedly had influence on operational efficiency, adding that the impact of affordable and decent housing to personnel could not be quantified as it was adjudged a veritable tool for motivation and morale boosting.
He further said, “It is in this regard that the Nigerian Navy over the years continues to prioritise home ownership in the hierarchy of its preferences.
“Precisely, on December 3, 2022, a similar groundbreaking ceremony for the development of 147 houses at Cluster H, Admiralty Estate, Asokoro, Abuja, and 150 units of post-service houses at the Navy Estate, Karshi Phase 3, were conducted.
“In addition, 10 hectares in Topo, Badagry, for the development of 237 housing accommodation for Nigerian Navy personnel, serving and retired, as well as members of the public, was also initiated on January 26, this year in Lagos State.
“Today, we are here on four out of 10 hectares for the construction of houses for Nigerian Navy personnel.