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Vice President calls for removal of impediments to Land Reform

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged stakeholders to identify and address all problems militating against land administration and management in Nigeria.

Osinbajo spoke on Monday at the opening of a four-day National Stakeholders Dialogue on Land Reform in Nigeria holding in Abuja.

The Vice President said there was “much more to do if we are to fully unlock the immense potential of land in Nigeria,” calling on stakeholders “to work towards using land reform as a tool for the creation of a better and more prosperous future for Nigeria.”

The dialogue, organised by the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform, will among other things, discuss the legal and institutional framework for land reform in Nigeria, effective land administration and management in Nigeria and institutionalising systematic land titling and registration in Nigeria.

Professor Osinbajo said that government was working towards land reform policy to empower the rural poor by making it a medium of exchange.

“To create wealth land must be fungible, like money it must be a medium of exchange especially in its role as collateral. This is the only sure pathway to sustainable economic empowerment for all especially the rural poor. Our economic policy as a government is strongly influenced by the notion that given the size of the bottom of the pyramid in our country we must focus policy especially credit and land ownership on that segment of the populace. This is the path of economic and ultimately social reformation of our country.”

Osinbajo said that there was need for the state to take the lead in initiating and overseeing some form of improvement of the system “even if that reform is one that will ultimately end in less State control.”

He said National Economic Council, NEC, has endorsed the recommendations of its sub-committee on land reforms, which included the Systematic Land Titling and Registration (SLTR) Regulations; Regulations on Registries; Regulations on Mortgages; and Regulations on Sectional Titles.

“I understand that the Committee has since refined these regulations further, in line with NEC directives, and have now submitted them to the Cabinet Secretariat for the consideration and approval of the National Council of State,” he said.

The Chairman of the event and former Chairman of the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform, Professor Akin Mabogunje, said land reform was central to economic development, pointing out that land reforms is “the greatest hurdle standing in the way of rapid economic development of many African countries today.”

Also speaking, the Keynote Speaker, Professor Kayode Idowu of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, South West Nigeria, called for the setting up of National Land Reform Commission in the three tiers of government in Nigeria.

He said the commission would “guarantee the land reform process a firm, legal and sustainable institutional framework.”

Earlier in his address of welcome, the Chairman of the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform, Professor Peter Adeniyi, said land reform was critical in tenure and ownership.

He said Nigeria would be transformed if land is reformed.

Participants at the dialogue came from different parts of Nigeria and some countries in Africa.

Cyril Okonkwo

PROF OSINBAJO RESTATES FG’S COMMITMENT TO LAND REFORM IN NIGERIA

The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to the implementation of the systematic land titling and registration across the country.

The Vice President said this while declaring open the National Stakeholders dialogue on land reform in Nigeria held in Abuja.

The dialogue organised by the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLP) had the theme- Land Reform: creating strategic pathway to National Economic Development and wealth creation.

He said the systematic land titling and  registration was part of the recommendations the PTCLP made to the National Economic Council which had State Governors in attendance and noted that the Council endorsed the recommendation.

The Vice President lamented that only 3% of the Country’s land is currently documented and noted that there is a lot of undocumented land in the country.

He added that the country has witnessed some many land disputes in the form of farmers/Herders clashes and the boundary disputes between communities and enjoin all not to bury their heads in the sands hoping for a solution but to put ideological differences aside and support the government’s land reform efforts.

Prof. Osinbajo expressed optimism that the National Council of State will follow suit in endorsing the implementation of the Systematic land titling and registration.

He commended the committee for their work and charged all stakeholders to do more in order to unlock the potential of land in the country.

The Vice President equally charged the stakeholders to work towards the implementation of land reform as a tool for a better future for Nigeria.

In his welcome remark, the Chairman of the PTCLR, Prof Peter Adeniyi enjoined all participants to actively participate in all the sessions of the dialogue. According to him “because we owe it as a sacred duty to ourselves and the future generations to define and design our own land governance system”

He said the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform was inaugurated by the late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua on April 2nd 2009 as a forerunner of the National Land Commission.

According to him” land reform is a purposeful change in the ways or manners in which land is held, administered, managed, used, accessed, exchanged. Etc”

He added that “ the key purpose of land reform is to improve the lot of the majority of the citizenry with a geographically defined political entity by government’s direct intervention through change of rules and forms of ownership, administrative and adjudication processes, pattern of relationships in connection with owners, acquiring and trading in land”

Prof Adeniyi said the mandate of the Committee among others was to collaborate and provide technical assistance to states and local governments to undertake land cadastral nationwide.

He further noted that the Committee was also to determine individual’s possessory rights using best practices and most appropriate technology and to recommend a mechanism for land valuation in both rural and urban areas in all parts of the federation.

The dialogue is expected to hold for four days and is organized around three subthemes: Institutionalizing systematic land titling and registration in Nigeria, Effective land administration and management in Nigeria and legal and institutional framework for land reform.

The dialogue is supported by Dangote Group, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Abuja International Housing Show, The Africa Land Advisory Group, Ford Foundation, GIS Transport Limited. The Bank of Industry and the Bank of Agriculture.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing TV

DON URGES CREATION OF LAND COMMISSION IN NIGERIA

A Professor of Land Economics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Prof Ezekiel Olukayode Idowu has called for the establishment of a National Land Commission to oversee land matters in the Country.

Prof. Idowu stated this while delivering his keynote address at the National Stakeholders dialogue on land reform in Nigeria held in Abuja.

The keynote address was titled Land reform: Creating Strategic Pathway to National Economic Development and Wealth Creation.

While calling for a comprehensive land policy and a creation of a land commission, he said “individuals, families, cooperatives should be given titles to land. Nigerians would then be able to use their ingenuity to invest, produce, eliminate poverty and create wealth for themselves and the country would develop. All the forms of insecurity would then vanish and the country will experience lasting peace.”

The Don said it is possible for Nigeria to become one of the top twenty economies in the world. He added that ” this can be achieved by proper use of our land resource. Individuals, groups and the state must use their powers in ensuring efficient utilization of the country’s land resources and thereby engender the prosperity of our dear country.

According to him “to achieve this, land relations must be transformed from their current complex and confused judicial forms(that include communal, feudal, family, freehold and other holdings) to a comprehensive land reform.”

Prof Idowu said the comprehensive land reform should be radically different from the present Land Use Act with its attendant multiplicity of interests and ambiguities. He called for individuals, families, cooperatives and corporate bodies to be given titles to land.

He said ” given the level of our land resources estimated at appropriately 92.4 million hectares, no Nigerian should go to bed on an empty stomach and everybody should have a roof over his or her head. the reverse is however the case, poverty is everywhere, both rural and urban”

Prof. Idowu listed the potential and direct benefits of land reform in Nigeria to include promptly investment in land, development of land market operations in Nigeria, prevention and revolution of land use conflicts and the assessment and collection of land tax.

He said land reform is difficult to implement because of the underlying motivation of those initiating the reform. He added  that the true motives for reform may be different from those announced by the reformers.

The dialogue is expected to hold for four days and is organized around three subthemes: Institutionalizing systematic land titling and registration in Nigeria, Effective land administration and management in Nigeria and legal and institutional framework for land reform.

The dialogue is supported by Dangote Group, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Abuja International Housing Show, The Africa Land Advisory Group, Ford Foundation, GIS Transport Limited. The Bank of Industry and the Bank of Agriculture.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing TV

Housing: Sokoto govt allocates 38 hectares to private developers

Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has approved the allocation of 38 hectares of land to various private developers for the building of houses at the new Sokoto City expansion site in the state.

A statement issued on Monday by Tambuwal’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Public Enlightenment, Malam Abdullahi Danko, said that the allocation was for the construction of at least 2000 housing units.

Danko said that benefiting firms were issued allocation letters and Certificates of Occupancy (CofO) by Alhaji Bello Abubakar, the state Commissioner for Lands and Housing at a ceremony in Sokoto.

According to him, the developers include Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and others.

He said that already, arrangements had been concluded with some of the developers to commence the provision of infrastructure and other amenities at the site.

The media aide added that state government had made 20 hectares of land available to the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing along Sokoto-Achida Road for the construction of another housing estate.

Danko said that the measure was part of the administration’s aggressive effort to provide affordable accommodation for residents of the state.

(NAN)

Nigeria: Julius Berger, Van Oord Picked for Lagos Apple Island Project

Construction giant, Julius Berger Plc and Van Oord have been picked by the Nigerian Army for the development of its iconic Apple Island project in Lagos.

The mixed-used development being promoted by the Nigerian Army Properties Limited is located off the Banana Island, reputed to be the preserve of the rich.Named ‘Apple Island’ because of its shape, the project is expected to comprise about 100 housing units for top military officers, who currently are suffering acute accommodation shortage.

The project expected to be sited on a reclaimed parcel of land from the Lagos Lagoon. The sandfilling of the scheme is yet to commence.The proposed island is to be located 400 meters off the shoreline of the upscale Banana Island in Ikoyi. It would sit on 45 hectares, with a total of 131 plots.

It consists of a shopping mall, Guest House, Police station a mosque and a clubhouse.The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Burutai visited the site of the proposed Apple Island being promoted by the Nigerian Army Properties Ltd.

General Burutai, who performed the traditional ground breaking ceremony said the project will help to alleviate the accommodation problems of the officers.Accompanied by military commanders including General Enebong Udoh, General Officer Commander, 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, he stressed readiness for the project to be completed within time.

The architectural design was handled by Messrs Majoroh Partners. The shape was specifically done to wade off water current as well as obstruct debris.According to the architect, the island consists of 64 plots for the army, with another 24 hectares lay out, while a bridge will be constructed over board.

The firm stressed that the project is expected to have two layout. One layouts for the Army and another for civilian population, who will want to enjoy the security and the ambiance provided by nature.The Business Mmanager, Tauraf International Limited , the appointed developer for the project, Babajide Ayoade, who briefed the Army chief expressed optimism that project will be a delight for Nigerians.

The Guardian gathered that the island was part of the Lagos Master plan created over 40 years and was being designed in line with international best practices.Already prospective buyers are already making enquiries for a plot as the island will have other areas apart from the 100 housing units for top military officers.

Bertram Nwannekanma

Why FCT, Niger suspend development, land allocation in Dakwa

…tension erupts over marking of houses

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and the Niger State government have agreed to suspend all developments including land allocations around Dakwa which is in-between the FCT and Niger State pending the resolution of the dispute over where the area belongs.

The resolution was reached at a recent meeting held in Abuja between the Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and the Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.

The meeting was necessitated by looming tension over the marking of properties for demolition on both sides of the disputed area.

Daily Trust reports there has been an age long boundary dispute over whether Dakwa, a burgeoning town in Dei-dei, near Abuja belongs to Tafa Local Government of Niger State or Bwari Area Council in the FCT all the parties have continued to lay claims to plots of land in the area.

It was resolved at the meeting that parties maintain statusquo until a committee which would be made up of top officials of both the FCTA and Niger State as well as the National Boundary Commission-the agency statutorily mandated to handle boundary issues, find an amicable solution to the impasse.

Following ongoing discussions regarding the resolution of the dispute, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned developers in the nation’s capital to stop all forms of developments, especially along the disputed area in Dakwa.

The Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuiabu, while speaking on behalf of the FCT Administration, handed the warning when he visited major stakeholders in Dakwa community.

Speaking to the traditional ruler of Dakwa under Niger State Alhaji Zakari Garba Jagaba and Sarkin Dakwa under Abuja Alhaji Alhassan Musa Baba Chikuri at their separate palaces, the coordinator appealed to the traditional rulers and developers in the two places to stop any further developments around the disputed area pending the resolution of the matter by the National Boundary Commission.

According to Shuaibu, the two governments would enforce the temporary ban on further developments in Dakwa in order to allow the federal government to conclude its work on schedule.

Alhaji Zakari Garba Jagaba while responding to the AMMC Coordinator in his palace, located at the Niger State side of Dakwa, pledged support to the government to reach a lasting solution to the boundary dispute, adding that he and his chiefdom were ready to belong to either Niger State or the FCT, depending on the resolution reached by the boundary commission.

Speaking in Hausa language, Jagaba said: “if it is FCT that the government resolves that we belong to, we will abide by it, and if it is Niger State, we will still follow. We will support the government to find a lasting solution to the problem.”

The Sarkin Dakwa, Alhassan Musa Baba Chikuri, who addressed the visitors in his palace on the FCT half of the town, expressed willingness to continue to belong to the FCT, saying “we know where we belong, we are in the FCT. The FCT Administration is the one taking responsibility over our welfare and every other thing in Dakwa. The FCTA are the ones that give us water, build primary and secondary schools and road, as well as other basic infrastructure for us.” he affirmed.

According to the traditional rulers, the boundary crisis which started about 10 years ago, was the handiwork of estates agents who told buyers that Dakwa was in Niger State.

He said the agents told unsuspecting buyers such falsehood so as to facilitate their sales and also help them evade necessary development fees required before commencement of developments in the FCT, fees which are not necessarily requirements for same purpose in Niger State.

Meanwhile, the Niger State government said it is determined to ensure a peaceful resolution of the lingering dispute between the people of Dakwa in Tafa Local Government of the state and Bwari Area Council in the FCT.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello while responding to Daily Trust enquiry said through his spokesman Mr. Jide Orintunsin that he has taken further steps on the peace process by directing the immediate stoppage of land allocation in the disputed area.

He promised that the state would honour the proposal during the interface with the minister by ensuring that the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Malam Ibrahim Isah Ladan led the state official on the boundary committee that would look into the matter.

He said he went to Abuja to see the FCT minister because he wants a peaceful resolution of the matter following tension over the marking of houses on both sides.

The Tafa LG chairman, Alhaji Ado Abubakar, who was on the entourage of the governor to the Abuja meeting has been prevailing to the people for calm, even though the chairman said the disputed area belongs to the state.

The coordinator quoted the chairman as saying that Tafa Local Government had put up basic infrastructure like school in the area, adding that it was on the verge of building a police station before the current impasse reared its head.

He said the chairman said that the disputed area has been under Suleja Local Government Area before it was ceded to Tafa following the creation of the council.

Malikatu Umar Shuaibu & Ahmed Tahir Ajobe, Minna

‘Marketing communications key to property management’

The Managing Director of boutique real estate agency, BabsGbollys Properties Limited, Mr. Babalola Odunuga, has decried the low level of awareness in managing properties, which he says is often seen as a daunting task.

Odunuga stated that this act of negligence was the reason property owners incur losses when they were unable to tackle certain situations.

He said, “Maintenance issues come top as buildings and individual houses need regular maintenance of the physical features, plumbing, and electrical systems. This is because anything can happen at any time and repairs have to be attended to immediately to avoid inconveniences to tenants.

“The best solution for managing maintenance issues is to have a preventive maintenance plan in place same way you have a regimen for servicing your car, and you need competent professionals attending to the repairs as they arise.”

He stated that customer service excellence would remain one of the critical competitive advantages of real estate firms such as BabsGbollys.

“This is why even when we have complaints about issues with other tenants, we make sure each issue is attended to as soon as it gets to us. Every complaint is looked into and never ignored, especially ones that show potential problems in structural aspects of the building. Our tenants often commend us for the speed with which we address their complaints as they are being heard and appropriate action taken,” he said.

Odunuga stated that in recent years, due to the recent economic recession faced by the country, the issue of not receiving rent on time had been on the rise and had been a major issue faced by most property owners.

According to him, defaulting tenants often have a range of excuses at hand for not making payments.

He said, “All these concerns are often causes of apprehension for property owners.”

We are addressing this by going around sending reminders as due date approaches and collecting payments on the due dates. This has brought the rate of default down considerably as tenants are now aware that they have to keep their payments ready on time.

“Another aspect is that we levy some penalty or late fees, which is a percentage of the total amount owed. This usually works as we are able to enforce it strictly and with precision and reason. The right use of the various marketing communications technique will help in attracting tenants to a property. Proper advertising and good reputation about a property can make a major difference in getting the right tenants.”

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

Invest more in housing delivery, NSE tells FG

The President, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Mr. Kunle Mokuolu, has called on the Federal Government to provide a proper framework to ensure better housing delivery for Nigerians.

Mokuolu, while assessing infrastructure growth under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the last three years, scored the government high in road infrastructure and power, but expressed reservations about the housing sector.

He said the Federal Government would succeed better in its mass housing drive if more private sector participants were allowed.

According to him, housing delivery in advanced countries is better organised because it is run by the private sector.

“Housing should be off the hands of government; housing should be totally privatised and the government should provide the policy and laws that would back housing delivery,” Mokuolu told the News Agency of Nigeria.

He said the government should concern itself with social housing for those who could not pay rent, because they were either out of job or had other financial problems.

Mokuolu also advised that social housing should be restricted to the local government level and that when such economically disadvantaged citizens found their financial footing, they could start to pay rent or buy homes.

“The Federal Government is to provide the framework to ease the delivery of housing. I am not really satisfied with the housing delivery; some things must be in place to achieve this. We must begin to produce our steel ourselves and that is why the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill is too important. Whatever it takes to produce steel in this country, the government should just do it,” he added.

He said the steel component was important in building high rise structures as the nation’s population was growing geometrically to accommodate more people in less spaces or land.

Mokuolu stated that Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill could substantially reduce the housing deficit, as steel accounted for about 25 per cent of the cost of construction of houses.

He also expressed satisfaction with the delivery of road infrastructure but appealed to the government to give local engineers more opportunities to enhance their capacities to take over and revolutionise the nation’s economy.

He added, “I am satisfied with the level of road infrastructure delivery, but I want the government to pay more attention to Nigerian content in the delivery of this infrastructure. If we are spending our Sovereign Wealth Fund, then we should be spending it for the sole benefit of Nigerians and for building of intellectual capacity.

“The most important thing is the intellectual capacity of those projects and not the physical ones that somebody can carry one bag of cement. Although we need people to carry the cement, we also need people to design the different infrastructure that will be for our domestic use.”

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

 

Dangote to launch 200 housing units for IDPs in N-East

…Builds multi-million naira hostel for ABU

In a bid to assist the Federal Government to embark on rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in parts of the insurgency-ravaged areas in the North East, Aliko Dangote Foundation has concluded plans to commission a multi-billion naira housing estate.

Aliko Dangote Chief Executive Officer of Aliko Dangote Foundation, Mrs. Zouera Youssoufou, said the commissioning of the 200 housing units for IDPs in Borno State, slated for this month, is coming at a time the foundation also completed the construction of a state-of-the-art hostel in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

Mrs. Youssoufou, who made the disclosure at an event in Maiduguri, Borno state stated that the housing units are one of the many critical interventions the foundation had mapped out for execution in the North Eastern part of Nigeria to restore life to the area and help IDPs live a normal life again.

Reacting to the development, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State described Dangote as the single largest benefactor of the IDPs after the federal and state governments.

The governor stated that Dangote’s contribution did not only stop at feeding and clothing the IDPs, which he has been doing over the years, it also stretches to resettling and rehabilitating them, a feat no other private organisation has been able to match.

On the 10 blocks of hostel constructed for the ABU, Group Executive Director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communication of the Dangote Group, Ahmed Mansur, said Alhaji Dangote was not resting on his oars, as he plans to up his stakes in the act of philanthropy.

Mansur quoted Dangote as saying: “We have just recently commissioned the Dangote Business School in Kano, the only Business School in Nigeria that is well equipped. We will also be commissioning similar projects in the University of Ibadan, we have done quite a lot in the education system and we are looking to do more.

“Investing in the young people to us means, we are all working together to build a better Nigeria. In equipping Nigerian youths and prepare them for the 21st-century challenges, we established the Dangote Academy in Kogi State, which provides specialized training and management skills for the youths particularly considering the large manpower needed in the manufacturing industries. “Our ultimate goal is to promote rapid industrialization of Nigeria, using our own local talents.”

It would be recalled that only recently, the Foundation donated a well-equipped secondary school valued at N120 million in Lagos. The Foundation donated a World Class Business School worth N1.2bn to the Bayero University Kano while building another one in the University of Ibadan, which is due for commissioning too.

Vanguard

OBASEKI TO SHOWCASE HIS HOUSING INITIATIVES AT AIHS 2018

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki is billed to showcase his housing initiatives for the state at the 12th Abuja International Housing Show.

The Coordinator of the Show, Festus Adebayo told Housing TV on AIT in Abuja that the Governor will also serve as a Guest of Honour at the event.

He said ” at the inception of Governor Obaseki’s administration, he invited all the major stakeholders in the housing industry for interaction for inputs on how to provide affordable housing for the good people of Edo State and how to create a new city in Edo State.”

According to him ” as a follow up to that, the Governor of Edo State has resuscitated the Edo Property Development Company to a functioning Organization under the leadership of a highly respected professional in the real estate sector.”

Adebayo noted that “to us at the Abuja International Housing Show, this is commendable, as at today, the House of Assembly is working on bills that will create a conducive environment for real estate development in Edo State . In fact recently the Edo State Government signed an MoU with MIXTA Africa for the development of housing estate in Edo State.”

He noted that it is on record that the state government is working with the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) to return the workers to the National Housing Fund (NHF) contribution so that the state can be in the list of beneficiaries.

Adebayo said it was on the basis of the achievements of the Governor that he has been invited to speak at the 12th Abuja International Housing Show.

The Theme for this year’s event is Driving Growth and Sustainability in Nigeria Housing and Mortgage Markets- Improving Structures and Policies for Impact.

The 12th Abuja International Housing Show will take place at the International Conference Centre Abuja between July 16 and 19 this year.

The Show will be flagged off by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and is supported by all the leading real estate professionals in the Country.

The Abuja International Housing Show is sponsored by some of the following like AUHF,FMBN,NHFP,NMRC,Urban Shelter,Citec,Brain and Hammers,Haven Homes,Oaknecom,AHCN,Redan,Royal Ceramic, Solignum, CDK, World Bank,UN Habitat, Shelter Afrique, AMMC, MBAN and Platinum Mortgage Bank.

In the past, the Abuja International Housing Show has featured some of Nigeria’s leaders such as Senate President Bukola Saraki, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and they have individually endorsed the programme as the largest housing stakeholders platform in Sub- Saharan Africa.

The new innovation to the 12th Abuja International Housing Show is the introduction of the CEO Forum . The CEO Forum presented by Abuja International Housing Show is the unparallel gathering of the most influential Nigerian and International CEOs in the real estate industry, Bankers, Investors, Senior business people and high ranking government officials.

This year’s Forum holds on July 16th, 2018 and has become a unique platform for thought provoking discussions. The event brings together, each year, more than 5000 restless minds to debate and exchange ideas on the issues affecting the real estate industry and to proffer solutions to them.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing TV

 

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