The comptroller-general of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Ja'afaru Ahmed, said the organisation had commenced construction of housing estates for staff across the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of the housing estate at Lugbe, along airport road in Abuja, Ahmed said the project was part of the ongoing effort to provide succour to the personnel of the NCoS.
He said the project was a product of the partnership and collaboration between the NCoS, represented by the Correctional Cooperative Society (COCOS) and the KYC Inter-project Limited.
According to him, the estate comprises 160 plots, which have been distributed among interested staff, whose take-home pay could accommodate the required monthly deductions.
"It is indeed an estate within a mega estate. This is our own way of complementing government's efforts at meeting the housing needs of its citizenry," he said.
He commended the effort of the cooperative society and advised beneficiaries to take full advantage of the rare opportunity by living up to expectations.
Also speaking, the general manager of the COCOS, Mrs Lydia Dauda, said the staff housing scheme was the first ever by the Society in its 28 years of existence.
"This is the first of its kind and the first of many more to come. This vision was conceived sometime in 2015," she said.
She thanked the comptroller-general for his continuous encouragement, support and guidance to actualise the vision.