Homes of the Future: Pros and Cons of Mobile Houses

Modern architecture is exciting and container boxes and mobile houses fit right into the picture of homes of the future. With the trend of container homes and mobile homes, it is possible to own a home without breaking the bank.
Accommodation problems in Nigeria remain a real challenge as the country struggles with a housing deficit of over 17 million units. The nation currently has a construction capacity of about 250,000 housing units each year. At this rate, it would take 68 years to provide accommodation for all Nigerians.

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The way forward is to re-imagine the real estate industry in Nigeria. The closest Nigeria has come to witnessing this phenomenon are shipping container homes. The architectural trend has arrived and holds great potential for smart homes, Artificial Intelligence and home automation. The typical dimensions are 20 and 40 feet but there are a number of speciality containers. This means you can choose to have a 10-foot container or one that’s 45, 48 or even 53 feet tall.
“Not long after starting, we moved to Lagos and got to know and meet a number of talented architects, interior designers and landscaping professionals, some of whose works have been featured on the site. It’s been a challenging, enlightening and exciting journey and we hope that it inspires you every step of the way. We have a lot to learn, but our aim remains the same, so, we’re taking it one step at a time,” explained Michael and Uzoezi Johnson of Livin Spaces.

Before you make that decision to buy a mobile home, you should know the advantages and disadvantages of owning one.
What is a Mobile home?
A mobile home is a prefabricated structure. It is built in a factory on a permanently attached frame before being transported to a site; either by being towed or on a trailer. Mobile homes can be used as permanent houses, for holiday or temporary accommodation. They are sometimes left permanently or semi-permanently in one place but can be moved.

Mobile homes have many names. They are also known as any of the names below:

Prefabricated homes
Modular homes
Prefab homes
Residential caravans
Trailer homes
Shipping container homes

Something Special About Container Homes You Probably Don’t Know
Containers are made out of corten steel, which is a weathering steel. When you see rust on a container, which you probably see all the time, it is not traditional rust that you would see on mild steel. It’s actually creating a protective patina and barrier that protects the steel underneath. This is why containers are put on a ship and rot away from all the sea water.

Advantages of Mobile Homes
1. Speed of Construction
One of the biggest advantages of prefab homes is the fact that they can be assembled really quickly. It removes delays that are associated with unfavourable weather conditions. They are constructed in a warehouse and assembled on the site as opposed to traditional on-site development. “Our main focus is to provide housing solutions for the lower middle class of Nigeria. it is possible to own a home without breaking a bank. The essence of using modular architecture is for speed, affordability and access,” said Kanyin Ademuson, the Founder Seventh Space.

2. More Affordable Than Standard Homes
Shipping container homes are far more cost-effective to build than your typical house. Container homes offer you a flexibility of options. With this, you can choose to either use a single container or more than one depending on how elaborate the design you have chosen is. The cost of buying a container and getting it converted into a home is not as high as building with concrete and wood.


3. You Can Move Them Around
This is perhaps one of the biggest advantages of prefab homes. In Nigeria, a single container can be relocated to different sites. In cases where you use multiple containers, moving them around might prove to be a challenge. Mobile homes are not easy to relocate but it does not change the fact that you can move them from one location to another.

4. You Don’t Necessarily Need to Buy Land
Unlike conventional homes where you have to either buy a house or buy land and then build a home, a mobile home can be set on a land that isn’t necessarily yours. It’s important to reach an understanding with the landowner though especially if he/she is a trusted friend or relative. In other cases, you can own the mobile home but lease the land itself. What this means is that you can easily buy a mobile house without buying a plot of land to build. The option here is to lease the space your home would occupy.

If you own the land, things just get better and more convenient for you.

5. They Offer You More Flexibility
Mobile homes come with a peculiar flexibility that allows you have one on a land that you own and remove it in the future if there is a need to do so. They are semi-permanent, which means they are not stuck in a particular location.

6. Not Prone to Forces of Nature During Construction
Mobile homes are constructed in a controlled environment, which means you don’t have to halt construction during the rainy season or rush it due to seasonal weather changes.

Disadvantages of Mobile Homes
1. They Tend to Depreciate in Value
Traditional homes in Nigeria typically appreciate in value over the years but the same cannot be said for mobile homes. One of the things that make conventional homes appreciate in value is the land on which it is built. The value of the land has a direct impact on its value. For mobile homes, however, the owners are not necessarily the owners of the land.

The value of a mobile home would only increase over time if the owner of the mobile home also owns the land on which it sits. Mobile land also depreciates because it is considered a ‘personal property’ and not ‘real property,’ which refers to land and anything permanently attached to it.

2. They are More Expensive to Finance
If you intend to construct a mobile home with a loan, you would attract more interest rates than if you had opted for a typical mortgage.

3. You Still Deal With a Landlord
This would apply to you if you do not own the land on which your mobile home sits. What this means is that you can still be evicted like a typical tenant if your relationship with the landowner goes sour.

4. Not Easy to Resell
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to sell your mobile home, getting a buyer might not be the easiest thing especially if you do not own the land on which it currently sits. Moving a mobile home might end up costing you much more than you think. The exception to this disadvantage is if you are selling both the mobile home and the land jointly.


5. Prone to Damage
In the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane or an earthquake, your mobile home is prone to damage. Depending on the severity of the natural disaster, your home can fall over or get damaged.

Mobile homes especially shipping container homes provide an affordable alternative to Nigerians. There are huge opportunities for those who have home needs as well as investors in the real estate market. You should pay close attention to the cost options open to you as well as the property law and how they impact your plans.

Our position on the Senate’s rejection of KDSG request for World Bank loan-kaduna state Govt

Since assuming office in May 2015, the Kaduna State Government has focused on promoting jobs, social justice and prosperity. These aims are being pursued through programmes aimed at economic development, social welfare, jobs, security and reforming governance. These priorities are captured in the State Development Plan, 2016-2020, and the foundational document of this government, the Restoration Programme, the Kaduna State-specific version of the APC manifesto on which we campaigned.

The manifesto commits this government to promote equality of opportunity by expanding access to Education and Healthcare, to support our farmers, create pathways for job creation and provide everyone with land a transparent way to acquire valid title.

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Under the leadership of Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna State Government has implemented financial reforms aimed at ensuring that the resources of the state are expanded and applied to delivering services for ordinary people. This government closed about 470 government accounts and moved all public funds to the Treasury Single Account, followed by the introduction of Zero-based Budgeting which helped to infuse realism into the annual budget.

We backed these up with legislation to improve the generation, utilisation and management of government revenues. Among these new laws are:
1. The Fiscal Responsibility Law, 2015
2. Public Finance (control and Management) Law, 2015
3. Tax (Codification and Consolidation) Law, 2015
4. Public Procurement Law, 2016
5. Pension Reform Law, 2016

The government also established a number of new agencies to strengthen the institutional framework for these reforms. Among these are:
1. KADIPA: for investment promotion
2. KADGIS: to manage land and digitise the land registry
3. KADIRS: the internal revenue service, to
4. Kaduna State Bureau of Pension
5. Kaduna State Public Procurement Agency

These reforms have ensured that in each of our full budget years, this government has achieved unprecedented levels of capital spending. For instance, in 2016, we recorded capital expenditure of N62.2bn. This government has also doubled the amount it collects as internally-generated revenue. IGR grew from N13.56bn in 2015 to N23.02bn in 2016, representing a 70% growth. In 2017, IGR reached N26bn. This government

In 2014 and early 2015, we had campaigned about the poor state of Kaduna State public schools and hospitals. As soon as we took office, the problems we had campaigned about became our responsibility to resolve. And we were shocked to learn in our first week in office that at least 50% of our pupils sat on floors because of a lack of classroom furniture. We also received briefings indicating that apart from lacking doors, windows, roofs, toilets and water, many of our schools also had unqualified teachers.


In response, Governor El-Rufai declared a state of emergency in education and started to fix schools and buy furniture. After fixing almost 10% of our over 4200 primary schools, the government realised that it would need a minimum of N60bn just to fix primary schools. A lot more would be needed to actually build new schools that can have enough classrooms, staff rooms and other facilities. There was no doubt that we would need support to raise the required resources.

The Governor took an album that out Budget and Planning ministry had compiled showing pictures of our schools, and shared it with the federal Minister of Finance, and subsequently, our development partners, including the World Bank.

That is how the conversation that led to the World Bank loan started. The World Bank scrutinised Kaduna State and they are convinced we meet their standards. We have healthy Fitch ratings B” Credit Rating with Stable Outlook.In November 2016, Fitch Ratings assigned Kaduna State a long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of “B” and a National long-term rating of A+(nga) with stable outlooks).

Having checked our laws, our accounts and our performance, the World Bank was convinced that Kaduna State merits their support. Therefore, on 20th June 2017, the World Bank announced that it has decided to provide a budget support facility of $350m to Kaduna State. Our Commissioners have appeared before the relevant committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and presented detailed explanations for the rationale and the purposes of the loan. Our delegates were commended for the quality of their presentations. Nobody in those committees of the National Assembly can honestly claim not to be aware of the justification and the purpose of the loan. In fact, the House of Representatives endorsed the loan. When our officials appeared before the Senate, no questions were asked.

The excuse given on the floor of the Senate as to the size of the loan is baseless. The creditor and the ratings agency have adjudged that Kaduna State can sustainably manage the credit which has a 10-year moratorium and a 40-year repayment period. The State average monthly FAAC allocation for the preceding twelve months is N3.295bn, while our current monthly debt service is N467.12mn. Also, the monthly debt service forecast of the FGN Budget Support Facility of N14.169bn with a moratorium of 18months and World Bank Loan of $350mn with a moratorium of 10years are N191.767mn and N98.843mn respectively.

If the State is to repay all loans today, the total debt service would be N757.735mn representing 23% of total deductions as a percentage of total allocations. This is less than the threshold for sub-national borrowing which is capped at 40%. In view of this, Kaduna State is within the sustainable debt level.
What the Senate displayed was elevating the ego of some of its members above the demands of public policy. As the three senators from Kaduna State spoke, it was apparent that they have put their personal frustrations above the right of the people of Kaduna State to decent investment in human capital development through good schools and hospitals, and better quality of life and accelerated economic growth through the provision of infrastructure.

The Kaduna State Government is grateful to the House of Representatives for its kind endorsement of the request. We march on with theb task of governing the state, and we shall continue to enjoy the support of our development partners.

Buhari Inspects Eko Atlantic City, Says ‘I’m Truly Impressed’

Gboyega Akinsanmi

President Muhammadu Buhari Friday inspected Eko Atlantic City built on 750 square kilometres.

The city is adjacent to Victoria Island and designed to solve the acute shortage of real estate in Lagos State.

Buhari inspected the city, which was conceived to save Victoria Island from ocean surge, alongside the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, among others.

After inspecting the emerging coastal city for about two hours, Buhari said he was extremely impressed with the project, which he said, was capable of transforming the Nigerian economy.
The president said he was equally impressed with the number of jobs the project would generate and the effect the development of the Eko Atlantic City would have on the nation’s economy.

“I am extremely grateful to those that agreed to invest so much in our country. I am really grateful to those who accepted to invest in our country with the aim to get a secured area. The Eko Atlantic City is good for operations.

“The city is capable of handling big business and investment throughout Africa. I am truly impressed with what it is capable of bringing,” the president, who is on a two-day visit to Lagos, said.


Nigeria Institute of Architects Develop Blueprint to Meet Housing Needs

The Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA) has developed a blueprint in partnership with state to meet housing needs, the president, Adibe Njoku, has said.

He said one of the solutions to the housing problem was involvement of the private sector as a leading driver.

Njoku, who spoke in Abuja, on the institute’s efforts to reduce the housing deficit, said the government could intervene by strengthening the capacity of the institute toward building an efficient market.

He said NIA has begun a campaign “on this new initiative, meeting the government as part of an enlightenment programmes toward ensuring the success of the innovation geared towards making houses accessible.

The NIA president said the initiative was informed by the need to initiate new measures of housing delivery and create jobs for youths.

Presenting the blueprint to reporters, Njoku said the geometric growth of cities, fast growth of towns, availability of housing raw materials and rising population of employable professionals in construction, were conditions favouring mass housing development.

According to him, NIA has delivered models, such as architectural social housing, architectural commercial housing and public private partnership on which a successful partnership can be built with the Federal Government.

Njoku said NIA was promoting a new concept in mass housing with a template based on mass production to build houses.

“This will create an architectural chain in the production process and open access to an array of small and medium enterprises’ (SMEs’) funding at single digit interest rate for component fabrication that will culminate in housing development.”


The NIA president urged the Federal Government to collaborate with architects and other professionals to fashion out strategies toward solving the housing shortfall.

Ekiti Govt. Compensates Victims Of Demolished Houses With N400m

The Ekiti Government said it had paid N400 million as compensation to people whose houses were demolished so far in the ongoing demolition exercise in the state.

The State Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Tayelolu Otitoju disclosed this during a press conference in Ado-Ekiti on Friday.

Otitoju explained that government’s action on the demolition was not to deliberately render residents homeless, and thereby make life difficult for them, as being insinuated.

He said that the exercise was part of the Urban Renewal programme of the present administration, aimed at giving Ado Ekiti, the state capital and other major towns a facelift that would make it wear the toga of a real state capital.

Beneficiaries received between N100,000 to N2 million as compensation, depending on the nature and size of the structure because, some of them were either built with mud while others were modern houses.


The Commissioner disclosed that more than 300 houses had so far been demolished under the exercise in Ado Ekiti, Ikere Ekiti, Efon Alaaye, Omuo Ekiti, Ise Ekiti, Emure Ekiti and Ijero Ekiti, among others.

He said the relatively high number of houses demolished by the present administration was as a result of the rapid development going on in the state.

He emphasised the level of development witnessed in the state in the last three and a half years adding that it was a confirmation of the determination of Governor Fayose to improve the lot of the people.

Otitoju said that government embarked on the project to ease traffic congestion and adhere to urban policy of any civilized society.

The Commissioner, however announced that government would not compensate owners of demolished houses that were built on waterways noting that the recalcitrant property owners had treated several government notices of contravention with disdain.

He warned developers in the state against further construction without approved building plan and enjoined interested developers to henceforth avail themselves with the status of any plot of land before the purchase.

He added that necessary title deeds must first be obtained from the Ministry before commencing construction in order to prevent avoidable embarrassment in future.

Bldr.(Prof.) Izam Unveils Vision for PLASU

The newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of Plateau State University (PLASU) in Bokkos, Prof. Yohanna Izam, has unveiled his vision for the university, which he anchored on academic excellence.
Izam unveiled the vision at the Senate Chamber of the institution, while addressing the university Senate, the highest academic decision making organ for the institution.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, part of his vision includes training, staffing, provision of infrastructure, beautification and landscaping of the institution.

He said: “Other priority areas of my vision are the completion of the university strategic plan, security of staff, students and university’s property, relocation of principal officers of the university to the campus, adequate water supply and recirculation among others.

“I will encourage the emergence of clubs and societies and extra-curricular activities to enhance the discovery of talents among students as well as explore alternative non-government funding mechanisms by meaningfully engaging the private sector.

“We will get in touch with well-meaning and friends of the university to invest towards driving the institution’s infrastructural expansion initiative.”
According to him, as the Chief Advancement Officer of the university, he would aggressively seek after linkages and collaborations that would help turn the fortunes of the institution around and make it adequately competitive in every way possible.

He described the budding university as a “bundle of potentials” for the branding of the Plateau State and the entire country if properly exploited and managed.
Izam pointed out that every university mandate was manifested in the effectiveness of teaching, research and community service and as such developing a competitive plan of action for a systematic and dynamic result.


“This will no doubt bring about comprehensive, progressive and implementable institutional governance structure that will guarantee the achievement of this mandate,” he stated.

The vice-chancellor, however, urged the university Senate to join hands with the management towards achieving his vision for the university in the area of creation of a conducive atmosphere that would guarantee the attainment of the university’s mandate.

REDAN Rues Undefined Operating Environment in Housing Sector

Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

The Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) has lamented that the current undefined operating environment in housing sector has yielded too many casualties for the association to ignore.

The association’s president, Rev. Ugochukwu Chime made this disclosure during his acceptance speech and investiture as the president of the 5th REDAN National Executive Council 2018-2020 in Abuja recently.

He said the fifth Executive committee, which he would preside over, would strive to position itself to ensure formidable discharge of its mundane responsibilities in areas of housing advocacy and standardisation of products and services.
Chime noted that the challenges hindering a seamless interface of and smooth transaction on the housing value chain had been identified and would be dealt with progressively.

He stated: “Issues of data, finance, land administration, monitoring and compliance with the extant laws and best practices are top of our priority list.

“In doing so, we call on government arms – the executive and legislature to give us support in our course to bring succour to Nigeria’s real estate sphere. The structure and enabling environment that will govern the interface and relationships among players must be clearly defined.


“The current undefined and uncharted leap of faith operating environment has yielded too many casualties for us to ignore,” Chime said.

The president stressed that the data collation effort initiated by REDAN /Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) under the auspices of National Real Estate Data Collation and Management Programme (NREDMP) would be enhanced and sustained.
He stressed that the publication of the data on the outcome of the National land Administration Offtakers affordability; Business Survey and Household Condition Survey would be in April 2018.


“We shall further the work we initiated with Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Corporation (NMRC) and other stakeholders to ensure ease of doing real estate business and make home ownership accessible and affordable, while expecting cooperation from policy makers and other agencies,” Chime said.

The president said the future of socio-economic development of the country is tied to how the country articulates, profound and propel strategies that would unlock the huge potential in the real estate industry.

Shelter Afrique low-cost housing plan in top gear

Pan-African home financier Shelter Afrique’s campaign to construct 5,000 houses is at an advanced stage and will be officially announced in July.

The mortgage financier had invited global entries on innovative designs of a home which can be produced at a cost of not more than Sh500,000. Three proposals were selected.

First placed was Ghanaian firm S. Teteh & Associates, Kenya’s Morphosis Limited and third place Sharon Davis Design of New York, United States. A cash prize of Sh10 million will be shared among the first three winners at an the firm’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in July.

Jubilee administration has listed affordable housing as one of its priorities in the second term, with a target of providing a bare minimum of 500,000 units and a target of up to a million units. The other sectors are manufacturing, food security and universal healthcare. In 2016, the government halved corporate tax for developers who put up at least 400 low-cost residential houses to 15 per cent.

The design competition by Shelter Afrique was launched at the 2016 AGM in Abuja, Nigeria. According to the firm’s Managing Director, Femi Adewole, more than 150 entries were received.

“We will develop these 5,000 units across the continent over a period of time using the designs provided by the competition winners,” Mr Adewole said.

The winning proposal is conteptualised as having three critical components; dwelling (living room and bedroom), support (toilet, shower and kitchen) and court (future expansion) which together occupy a total area of 45m².

The court yard can be annexed and converted into an additional room if need be. It comprises a bedsitter with options for upgrade and adaptation to various climatic conditions in Africa.

Low maintenance, availability of materials and modifications to conventional construction techniques help keep the cost low.

The World Bank puts Kenya’s housing deficit at 2 million units cumulatively. This is also true for most major African markets.

“There will be 1.2 billion urban dwellers in major African cities by 2050, who will need a home,” Mr Adewole said.

The market outlook points to increased housing supply as both government and finance institutions focus on low-cost housing. The official noted in incorporating affordable housing as one of its key priorities, the Kenyan government in collaboration with the private sector will bridge housing deficit.

Kenya’s housing demand stands at about 200,000 units annually, with a backlog of 1.85 million units.

“Our new strategy emphasises innovation and large-scale development. We were amazed at the great ideas for affordable housing and the response to the competition,” he said.

The company has a 35-year history in Kenya and in the period has financed over 300 housing projects, currently with over Sh8 billion invested in the housing market.


According to Mr Adewole, Africa is rich of ideas and with better execution, there will be no need to out source expertise from outside the continent. “From the entries we received, everyone who participated showed a passion and commitment to affordable housing. This shows that our problems can be solved by us,” he said.

The panelists also singled out Hydraform of South Africa, Adengo Architecture of Uganda, XTEK Systems of South Africa and Architect Collaborative of Botswana for freshness in their submissions.

Shelter Afrique intends to have the top 10 submissions presented to shareholders at the July AGM.

“ Some reputable universities and research institutions have made their intentions known. We are also receiving a lot of interest from our member countries; many them have initiated large-scale housing projects. We see our competition as a solution to large-scale housing projects, problem” he said.


Jubilee administration says in its housing plan, it will reduce mortgages cost and lower cost of construction through the use of innovative technologies and materials.

Funds will be raised from the private and public sectors for investment in large-scale house construction.

Already, the government has identified 35 contractors in a pilot project to fast-track delivery of the 500,000 housing units.

Phase One of the project which involves construction of 8,200 units on a 55-acre government land in Mavoko, Machakos County is scheduled to start this month.

Transport and Housing Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the companies were short-listed from a list of 60 that bid for the project.

Only companies with a good record of implementing big housing projects in Kenya and abroad within the shortest time possible were considered.

But high interest caps are affecting mortgage uptake and investment firms are calling for a review of the credit ceiling to encourage many financial institutions to venture more into the sector.

In its January 2018 report titled The Total Cost of Credit Post Rate Cap, Cytonn Investments says financing mortgages is the key to addressing housing shortage.

Already, the World Bank has proposed having a Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company that adapts from other successful models like Malaysia and Morocco that guarantee up to 70 per cent of mortgages. Nigeria, too, subscribed to a bond scheme for citizens to acquire own homes. “This will see the number of mortgages in Kenya that average 25,000 a year rise to an average of 60,000 mortgages,” says the report.

Homeowners’ Charter: Amosun Explains Delay In Issuance Of C of O

Abeokuta – Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has identified lack of proper documentation and incomplete payment by applicants under the Homeowners’ Charter Programme as factors responsible for the delay in issuance of Certificates of Occupancy.

Amosun stated this during the 29th edition of presentation of Certificates of Occupancy and Building Plan Approval to another batch of beneficiaries at the Arcade Ground, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The Governor, represented by the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, explained that though government allowed payment by installment, some applicants who had taken advantage of the opportunity have not done the needful by completing their payment and other documentation.

“The question asked by some applicants is why the delay in the issuance of C of O. But we found out that they have not done the needful. Some are yet to make full payment, though this government allows payment by installment.

“Others have not completed their documentation under the scheme. Let me assure you that all applicants that meet the requirements will collect their C of O before the end of our tenure,” Amosun said.
He said proper documentation would assist government in fast tracking the process of issuing land title documents and free the owners from land grabbers, forging or cloning their documents.


In his welcome address, the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, TPL Bola Ajayi, said the programme would also help to provide enumeration data for medium town planning for the provision of schools, hospitals and other essential services to the people.

We Will Rebrand The Practice Of Estate Surveying And Valuation In Nigeria – Abonta

Just few hours before the new president of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Esv Rowland Abonta, was unveiled, in Ibadan, Oyo State, at the weekend, Housing News correspondent in Ibadan , had an exclusive chat with him soon after a fellowship at the instance of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International.

How prepared are you for the challenges of associated with your institution’s presidency?

I could say that I am fully prepared in view of the facts that, in the last 12 years, I have been playing active roles in the leadership of our profession. I started as an assistant of NIESV’s national secretary, and I have grown from that point to become the national first vice president of our institution. My experience has spanned over 12 years and throughout this period, I have been able to work closely with our past leaders, learning from both their strength and weaknesses. So, I am coming into the office with balanced view robust ideas on what to do to take our institution to the leadership position it ought to be among comity of professional bodies in Nigeria.

With your experience, what are you going to do differently from what has been in the last decade?

Some areas would be addressed. First, there would be reform in the way we do our business as a professional body and even in the way individual members do their business. There is a rebranding programme, as part of my agenda. This will be brought to bear in the way we do our business and in the way our members engage in their professional practice.

Two, we intend to improve on our advocacy. We are planning to evolve an intensive advocacy programme. This is necessary because it is surprising that more than 50 per cent of the Nigerian population do not understand the work and services of estate surveyors and valuers. When people are sick, they know they have to go to the doctor. When people are in trouble, they know the lawyers are there to represent them. We also want the public to appreciate the immense contributions and added values that estate surveyors and valuers can add to their assets either in assets or facilities’ management. Up till now, so many people still patronize wrong professionals when it comes to these jobs.

We also want to impact positively on government policies and programmes in the area of making of sure that right decisions are put in place when it concerns housing and real estate related issues and taxes.


Again, some people know that, estate surveyors and valuers are the first set of professionals you consult when you want to enter into development because you, the investor or developer will get the best advise on the best location to site your project or investment. You will also get the best advise on the type of property to be located in which location, considering the market demand. This will prevent failed investment either in the time or in place. Once a wrong investment is done, clearly, you won’t get the desired returns. These are some of the programmes we are going to bring to bear on our nation to know the value addition the estate surveyors and valuers can add when consulted as at when due.

I observed this meeting in this hall looks like a Christian fellowship. Is that part of the presidency affair for NIESV?

I can tell you that you may call it part of the presidency issue. This is so because for every man, there is a God factor that helps moulding and shaping a man to become what his Creator has destined him to be. Growing up, I was like any other young man; anything mattered to me. I was steering the ship of life my own way. But coming in contact with Full Gospel, my life has been transformed; my life has changed and since then, I have been working in tandem with God’s programme and purpose for my life. That is exactly what it is it. Every leadership traits and qualities I have, came up all because I came into closer relationship with God through this fellowship. And because I have found this to be good path, I decided to invite my friends and those around me to also taste what I have tasted. That is the gospel I am spreading. In Full Gospel, we could better estate surveyors and valuers and so, I invited some of our leaders, friends and colleagues to enjoy what I have been enjoying being a member of Full Gospel; as matter of fact, a national director of Full Gospel.

What exactly are the leadership qualities you are bringing to bear?

The first leadership quality I am bringing to bear is the fear of God. Every leader must have first, the fear of the Lord. If any leader operates without the fear of the Lord, the tendency to mislead their followers is there, the tendency for those leaders to misrepresent God, who is the ultimate Leader would be there. But once you have the God factor and presence in you, as a leader, you could attain to any height without loosing you head.

Another quality I am bringing is the fact power came from the people. There is therefore, need to carry everybody along. I am going to run an open system where every estate surveyor and valuer will have opportunity, medium and a voice to contribute to the governance of our professional body.
I am also bringing to bear, modernization of our systems, structure and methods. There are quite a lot of things in the pipeline but I am optimistic that NIEVS can never be the same again after my two years tenure.

One challenge in your hand is shortage number of estate surveyors and valuers in Nigeria. What you do different to boost the number in line with ESVARBON?

We work together with ESVARBON, being our regulatory body. We draw policies and actions from their own programme to improve the way numbers are registered. But the high point is the issue of quality and standards. In a bid to increase membership, we would not open the door for every dick and tom to be registered. I can tell you that, the institution does a lot of trainings and preparations for would be young estate surveyors and valuers to equip them to become knowledge and exposed before their final registration. There are quality control tests in place through the membership committee.

As for increasing the number of estate surveyors, we have reach out programme to tertiary institutions, even to secondary schools to catch them. In the last two years, I have been the chairman of the membership committee of our professional body. We have accelerated the rate of mentoring, teaching and trainings of would be members and this has translated to increased number of registered estate surveyors and valuers in the last few years. We will continue in that direction in the next two years of my tenure.

How would you address the issue of ethical erosion within your fold?

It is simple. Every organization or group looks at his or her leader. If a leader demonstrates the tendency to ethics, there is greater feeling that, the followers will not want to deviate from their leader. But if leaders do not establish firmness, then, followers will have excuses to do things that are unethical. My hallmark hinges on discipline and ethics and I am assuring you that, in the next two years, even those who have veered off, will readjust themselves because they will see in me leader who is pursuing ethical standard. I will make sure that things are done properly.

And of course, I am a member of the Royal Institution of Estate Surveyors (RICS), the foremost body in the world for estate surveyors. My ultimate goal is to benchmark their standards and make sure that our members can stand very anywhere in the world.

NIESV as it is now has several faculties. In view of the emerging areas in your field, would you be reducing or increasing these faculties?

I am not planning to either reduce the faculties, or planning to be in a hurry to increaser them. The number we have today have addressed some key areas within our professional practice and I want to consolidate on them and make them function and effective in terms of training and impact they have.

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