The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) on Tuesday launched the construction of 160 housing units in the Kongo district of the Kuje Regional Council of the FCT.
NCoS Comptroller General Haliru Nababa, who spoke at the inauguration ceremony, said the aim was to provide adequate accommodation for staff and enhance existing security in the area.
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He said the NCoS Cooperative Society (COCOS) initiative would fill the housing gap and boost staff morale.
Mr. Nababa said: “May I inform you that this housing project is intended to be replicated in all state orders to give the reform the required dissemination.”
He noted that two years ago, the service built 160 housing units for its staff in the FCT.
He then said: “Unlike the original housing project which was executed by COCOS, in conjunction with KYC Ltd, this particular development is entirely a product of COCOS, who are already the legal owner of the land to be broken.
He commended the efforts of COCOS leaders for taking the initiative to such heights and urged them to keep up the momentum.
COCOS chief executive Lydia Abraham said the co-op would build the structures from foundation to roof.
She said the estate covers around 3.2 hectares where a 3-bedroom terrace, a 2-bedroom terrace and one-bedroom self-contained apartments will be open to staff who can afford them.