The Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force, Solomon Arase, yesterday performed the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 1004 units housing project at Gousa Town, Abuja for officers and men of the Force.
The project, which is coming on the heels of the commissioning of 260 Police Staff Homes as part of the Nigeria Police efforts to improve the quality of lives and provide affordable houses for officers and men of the force.
Speaking at the event, the IGP said the landmark event symbolizes the continued efforts of the Police Force leadership to address one of the most fundamental challenges facing officers and men, which is access to decent accommodation for themselves and their supportive families.
According to Arase, “today’s (yesterday’s) event represents another historic step towards advancing the welfare oriented policing component of my Strategic Police Plans as Inspector General of Police.
“The uniqueness of today’s (yesterday’s) event, however, rests on the fact that this is the first time that international bodies will be collaborating with the Nigeria Police Force for purpose of addressing the housing needs of the personnel of the Force.”
He noted that the project is being undertaken by the Nigeria Police Force Property Development Company in conjunction with Shelter Afrique and UN Habitat and the partnership will lead to the construction of twenty five thousand (25,000) units of low cost houses for members of the Nigeria Police Force nationwide.
“The construction of one thousand and four (1,004) units of this initiative is being launched in the FCT.
“Prior to this time, similar projects have been completed and handed over to members of the Rank and File cadre in Katsina, Adamawa, Edo and Enugu States. This was made possible through the incorporation of the Nigeria Police Force Property Development Company which engages direct labour using our assets in the Logistics and Supply Department to construct such houses”.