NLC in Borno insists on boycotting housing fund


ed8b4f549b2612413a9c54c020b971f2(1)The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Borno said it would not allow workers contributions into the National Housing Fund (NHF) for now until the process was transparent.

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Mr Ali Abana, the State Chairman of NLC, said this at NHF Sensitisation Workshop for Stakeholders in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Abana explained that the decision was due to the NHF’s inability to show details of the previous contributions into the fund.

“We will not allow workers contribution to the NHF for now. This is because the fund has not been able to show transparency in the payment of workers contributions into the scheme in the past’’, he said.

“At the inception of the scheme in 1994, the organised labour in the state began contributions into the fund and by 2004, we had contributed N100 million.

“But on inquiry, we realised that there were no records regarding individual workers contributions. Even where some records existed, there were no sufficient details.’’

“For instance, instead of showing individual employees 2.5 per cent monthly contributions over a period, what we have was only organisation names and the deductions made.’’

Abana said as a custodian of workers mandate, the union had a duty to ensure the protection of deductions made from their salaries.

“We want the NHF to show us clearly where they have kept our N100 million deductions and how the employees can access the money.

“We also want to know how the next of kin of those we have died can get their money back’’, he said.

Abana said that although the State Government persuaded organised labour to allow resumption of contributions in August, “the inability of the NHF to show transparency led to the collapse of the arrangement.’’

Also, the Comptroller of NHF in Borno, Mrs Fatsuma Waziri, said the workshop was part of efforts to sensitise labour leaders on the need to embrace the NHF.

“Borno office has collected the sum of N100, 265, 669 as NHF contribution between 1994 and 2000 from the state civil servants.

“The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) refunded N13, 671 contributions to 846 contributors on either retirement, incapacitation or death’’, Waziri said.

She said that the FMBN was currently financing construction of 562 units of houses on Damboa road under the Ministerial Pilot Scheme which would be sold to interested NHF contributors. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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