SR1 million spent daily to shelter illegal Ethiopians

Updated 17 November 2013
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SR1 million spent daily to shelter illegal Ethiopians

The government is spending nearly SR1 million everyday for the upkeep of detained illegal Ethiopians.
Giving a breakup, Brig. Gen. Nasser Al-Qahtani, spokesman of Riyadh police, said SR750,000 is being spent daily to feed and house them. In addition, the government has rented 90 rest houses at double the normal price and milk valued at SR200,000 for their children. Then there are 300 buses to transport them to the shelters and two mobile clinics.
Al-Qahtani said his department covers 99 percent of the cost involved in taking care of the workers and their children.
He said the government would deport 500 Ethiopians in the next few days. The police have given a list of the illegal workers to their embassy, Al-Qahtani said during a tour of the new shelter set up in the old building of Princess Noura University.
The building was emptied, cleaned and furnished to provide accommodation for the illegal expatriates from various areas in Riyadh including Manfouha, Al-Hazm and Al-Mazahimiyah.
A tour of the Ethiopian shelter in Al-Hazm neighborhood showed the illegal workers apparently happy moving around in the residential areas.


13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 June 2019
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13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s “Sakani” program has helped 13,230 families registered on its Real Estate Development Fund list with housing options and finance solutions during May.
This includes 5,835 families who live in their own homes, bringing the total number of families benefiting from the program in different regions of the Kingdom since the start of the year to 68,195.
The Sakani program announced the names of beneficiaries and their national ID numbers through the link https://sakani-names.housing.sa or via the program portal.
More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018.
Ministry of Housing spokesman Saif Al-Suwailem said that Sakani continues to provide its services to beneficiaries according to their needs and abilities. The ministry is keen to provide better services in line with the “Eskan” program, one of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives that aims to raise the proportion of residential ownership to 70 percent by 2030.
As part of Sakani’s efforts to provide suitable housing options, the program began to implement 53 new housing projects in different regions of the Kingdom, characterized by affordable prices for a large segment of citizens registered on the lists of the Ministry of Housing.
Al-Suwailem said that the ministry was keen to find solutions for Saudi families that help them to own the right home for them. SPA Riyadh