The Nasarawa State Government on Thursday, commenced two-week census of its houses across the state, Mohammed Wada, Commissioner for Works and Transports has disclosed.
Wada made the disclosure on Thursday in an interview in Lafia.
He said the exercise became necessary because the state government discovered that over the years, most occupants of such houses stayed in them illegally.
The commissioner said due to the monetization police, government does not longer provide accommodation for civil servants.’
“All GRAs, Six-man and Eight-Man Quarters, Low Cost, in Akwanga, KeffI, Lafia, Nasarawa and other local government areas are occupied by retired civil servants.
“We are taking the census of all government houses to ascertain their occupants, their status and legality of allocation,” he said.
The commissioner also said the state government was losing a lot of revenue due to the presence of illegal occupants of the houses who also failed to pay rent.
He said the occupants were required to present their allocation papers during the exercise, warning that failure to do that would make them to vacate the houses.
According to him, in the event that a lawful occupant is discovered to be defaulting in paying rent to the state government rent, he or she will be made to pay all outstanding rent.
He also said that lawful occupants of such structures would be asked to renovate their houses while vacant houses at the end of the exercise would reallocate to interested persons.