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Stakeholders want facility management in school curriculum

The International Facility Management Association, Nigeria Chapter, has asked the government and other relevant stakeholders to include facility management in the country’s school curriculum.

The association stated this at an event to commemorate the World Facility Management Day, 2018 with students of the Government Technical College, Agidingbi, Lagos.

The President, IFMA Nigeria, Mr. Pius Iwundu, said there was a need to imbibe the passion for facility management in the young ones and also train as well as engage professionals in the field to manage the built environment.

According to him, incorporating facility management in the school curriculum for development purposes will help to improve the maintenance culture that will shape the future of the country’s economy in general and the passion for proper upkeep of the built environment in particular.

He said celebrating with the students was part of the strategy for capacity development and the need to inspire the next generation of facility managers.

The theme for the celebration was ‘Enabling positive experiences: Inspiring the technical students for a better tomorrow’.

Iwundu stated, “The often unexpected and disruptive influences in our global environment must be managed effectively to ensure stability and success in the sectors that rely on the results of the facility managers and their teams. This ensures that facilities meet high expectations to enhance life in the built environment, whether it is at work, rest or play.

“The public and private sectors should enable more positive experiences in the built environment or whatever people are directly impacted by facility management deliverables. We need to have passion for facility management.”

He noted that facility management was a multi-disciplinary profession that could ensure the functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology.

Iwundu added, “Facility management is the fastest growing industry in the world today and must therefore be embraced by everyone for our built environment to reach its life expectancy and serve its purpose.

“In recent years, Nigeria has gradually moved and should continue to move away from state-owned and operated facilities and services in favour of outsourcing solutions, a practice that is now attracting investment and improving the efficiency and quality of facilities and infrastructure in order to finally move away from the challenges of reliance on breakdown rather than preventive maintenance; under-pricing and use of substandard construction materials and consumables; and lack of understanding in the concept of project lifecycle analysis and costing.”

A past President of IFMA Nigeria, Stephen Jagun, stated that technical knowledge was vital for the young generation.

According to him, students with technical knowhow stand a better chance of employability and job creation.

The Principal, Government Technical College, Agidingbi, and Director of Education, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Belinda Odeh, said the state government recognised the importance of technical and vocational education, hence its resolve to create three more technical colleges before the end of the year.

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

Dangote plans N30 billion institute for local artisans

Irked by the dearth of artisans in the construction sector, the Dangote Group is to spend about N30billion in the next five years in training 500,000 artisans in the construction industry.

The move according to the Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, is to solve the skills challenge in the country as well as create jobs.

Addressing over 3,000 participants at the Lagos Business School Owner Managers’ programme at the campus in Lagos, he noted that there was the need to develop programme that would allow Nigerian artisans to grow as current realities show that most of the builders and artisans come from Togo or Ghana.

He said: “The building sector allows room for a lot of artisans such as buildersand plumbers We will spend about N6billion, which is to just train people and make sure that we have enough manpower in the system”.

He explained that the goal would be achieved through an institute that would be guided by a curriculum and award of certificates to 100,000 trainees yearly.
“We are lacking a lot of artisans and going to launch an institute, which I am the chairman and train 100,000 technicians, such as bricklayers, plumbers and so on per annum. In five years, we would have trained 500, 000 people. Anybody that finishes will be given a certificate. The programme will spread round the country to create jobs every year”, he said.

According to him, the group spends about N2billion yearly as a form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in training over 1,000 engineers, technicians and other artisans while 70 per cent of the trained personnel were absorbed into the group.

Victor Gbonegun

NIESV sets up resource centre for members

NIESV
…to present Land Use Charge report to LASG

The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Lagos Branch, has created a resource centre and an e-library to bridge professional skills gap in the profession and the industry at large.

The Chairman, NIESV, Lagos branch, Mr. Olurogba Orimalade, said the centre was created to ensure training on a weekly and monthly basis in specialised areas that were hitherto done outside the country.

He stated, “Foreign companies in Nigeria are using new technologies and that alone is disqualifying project managers meant to be supervising certain jobs.

“The resource centre will help us bring in people to teach us those technologies; the advantage is that nobody will have the need to go abroad for those skills. We are not only concerned about our fees, but also building capacity of our members.”

Orimalade, who spoke ahead of the 2018 Estate Surveyors and Valuers’ Week, which commenced on Sunday and will end on Friday, May 25, said the key highlight of the week would be the inauguration of the remodelled branch secretariat by the President of NIESV, Roland Abonta, made up of the resource centre and e-library.

He stated, “The resource centre that has been created is an 11-seater classroom designed to have the most current equipment and devices for organised master classes/training workshops. The main vision for the centre is to focus on training in key areas in the real estate industry, especially in the estate surveying and valuation profession.

“This resource centre, we believe, will be one of the tools that should help improve the professional skill set of our members and the public at large, through the various trainings and master classes, which will be taking place there. The e-library has been created in a similar fashion. The plan is to have computer systems with unlimited Internet access for members mainly for the purpose of research.”

On the Land Use Charge, Orimalade said the branch had prepared a report that would be presented to the Lagos State Government this week.

According to him, the report is expected to advise the government on areas to improve upon, among others.

“We have asked the government to look at the process from the angle that people want to pay tax but there should be clarity. The government has a right to come up with tax but the argument is if it is fair,” he noted.

Orimalade also appealed to residents to cooperate with estate surveyors and valuers, who had been commissioned to carry out enumeration of houses in the state.

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

FG to build second phase housing project in Benue

The Federal Government has requested for additional land to carry out the phase II of its housing project in Benue State.

Minister of State for Works, Transport and Energy, Surveyor Suleiman Hassan Zarma, made the request to Governor Samuel Ortom in Makurdi during his visit to the state to inspect ongoing projects under the purview of his ministry.

Zarma who also sought for the resolution of compensation issues relating to the phase I housing project, expressed hope that when completed, the projects would boost economic activities in the state just as he described Benue as strategic as it links the northern part of Nigeria to the south.

The minister however called on the state government to wade into the illegal construction of houses in Otukpo to enable expansion and construction of township roads in the area.

Responding, Governor Ortom stressed the need for the federal government to give special attention to five federal roads in the state as he decried the deplorable condition of most of the federal roads within his territory.

Ortom appealed for the rehabilitation of such roads as well as construction of bridges where necessary for ease of transportation, adding that the roads included, the Abinsi -Agasha -Anyiin -Wukari, Makurdi – Gboko-Katsina-Ala, Makurdi-Otukpo – 9thMile as well as Makurdi – Adoka- Naka -Ankpa roads.

The governor also told the minister that all issues regarding compensation on the land for the ongoing construction of a federal housing estate in Makurdi would speedily be looked into as he noted that the additional land requested for would be provided for the phase two of the project and mass housing estate for low income earners.

Hope Abah

Obaseki’s affordable housing plan opens Edo’s real estate sector to private developers

…as EDPA unveils criteria for PPP, JV

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s reforms in private property management and plans for affordable housing have opened up the real estate sector to private developers.

The state government had ratified a law banning activities of Community Development Association, setting up a Private Property Protection taskforce to ensure that developers and property owners do not fall prey to land-grabbers and other unscrupulous elements in the property sector.

It is against this backdrop that the Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) is calling on developers to tap from the growing real estate sector in the state for development of affordable housing in a develop, finance, build and sell arrangement. The plan also makes room for joint-venture partnerships.

Executive Chairman, EDPA, Ms. Isoken Omo, in a release, said the state government will be exploring the private-public partnership (PPP) option in developing affordable real estate projects across the state.

She said, “The projects will be sited on various strategic parcels of land pooled into the Edo State Housing Development Land Bank domiciled with the agency.

“Other sites for the projects include new sites of land that will be identified in line with the proposals submitted by prospective developers and investors who are interested in partnering with the state government in developing, financing, building and selling housing units across the state.”

Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki had, in his Workers’ Day address, promised social housing for workers and other residents in the state.

“In delivering Housing to workers, plans are on between the Federal Mortgage Bank, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Edo State Government to provide Housing for Edo State workers. The repositioned Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) is also working on social housing for Edo workers by private investors,” the governor said at the Workers’ Day event.

A bill to reposition the EDPA was signed into law recently by the governor to empower the agency for partnerships that will boost housing stock in the state and reduce the overall national housing deficit figures.

Thisday

Power, works, housing get lion share in 2018 budget

• National Assembly approves N9.120 trillion
• Nigerians in mixed reactions over delay, allocations
• Buhari yet to get petroleum bill, says presidency
The two chambers of the National Assembly, yesterday, passed the 2018 budget totaling N9.120, 334,988,225.The budget is over N500 billion higher than the N8.612 trillion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari to the joint session of the Assembly last year.The Chairman, Senate Appropriation Committee, Danjuma Goje, said:”The increase was done after close consultation with the executive.”
In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki called for immediate implementation “so that our people will begin to benefit from the objective of the budget and the opportunities it offers.”House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara also urged the executive arm of government to ensure expeditious implementation of the budget.
The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing received N682,959,550,242; Ministry ofTransportation, N251,420,000.000; Ministry of Defence, N157,715,439.613; Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, N149,198,139.0 37; Ministry of Water Resources, N147,199,614,645; and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, N105,156,176,854.Ministry of Education got N102,907,290,833; Ministry of Health, N86,482,848,198; Ministry of Environment, N17,492,955,833; and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, N58,082,611,977.
The Federal Government’s special intervention programme got N150,000,000,000; grants and donor funded projects, N169,919,791,292; and zonal intervention projects, N100,000,000. The National Assembly, the National Judicial Council, the Universal Basic Education and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) also got approval for statutory transfer worth N139,500,000,000; N109,063,630,546; and N81,882,555,891.
Nigerians, meanwhile, have been reacting to the passage of the budget.The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Oluremi Tinubu, expressed concern over the low allocation to environment, saying the amount cannot tackle the Ogoni cleanup.She spoke at the fifth Impact Plan Retreat organised by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), yesterday, in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The Registrar, Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), Dr. Chris Onalo, urged government to compensate for the delay in passing the budget by releasing funds for infrastructural development of key areas of the economy.
He said: “We have put in a lot of years to nurture our democratic principle and it is important that the legislature and the executive put aside any form of personality consideration. It is quite clear that Nigerians should not be denied any form of economic prosperity. Nowhere in the world will Nigeria be congratulated for a budget that should have been passed early enough in the interest of the country.
“We are supposed to have 12 months to make good use of the budget. The delay means that Nigeria has been unfortunately tied down and moved out of economic activities during the time the budget was delayed.”The President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Babatunde Ruwase, regretted the delay. He said the risk is that recurrent spending will be fully implemented while capital projects suffer implementation deficiency.
He said: “The delay has implications for planning in both the public and private sectors of the economy. Strategic planning for many organisations takes a cue from the budget structure and the policies that come with it. To the extent that the budget is not in place, uncertainty and associated business risks in the economy are heightened. This is surely not good for investors’ confidence, either from a foreign investor’s perspective or from domestic investors’ standpoint.”
He added: “There is the need for better communication between the National Assembly and the executive arm of government. They need to be on the same page with regard to the fundamental principles of the budget. It is also necessary to clearly define the boundaries of responsibilities between the executive and legislature in budgetary appropriations, to avoid the recurring problem of delays.”
On his part, the President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Jacobs, noted: “We are happy the budget is passed. That means funds would be made available while the buying power of consumers may likely improve. This would also translate to improvement in production and sales by the productive sector of the economy. In all, it is a good one for the economy as a whole.”
Meanwhile, the harmonised Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) approved by the National Assembly March 28, is yet to reach Buhari’s desk for assent, the Presidency said yesterday.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, in a statement said his findings revealed the bill is still undergoing standard operating legislative processes preparatory to being transmitted to the president.
“Further to several enquiries by the media, interest groups, and the public in respect of the named bill, may I please state that the said bill has not yet been transmitted by the National Assembly to president,” he said.The implication, according to Onalo, is that the PIGB may suffer more delay and dampened enthusiasm, resulting in investment losses in the oil and gas sector.
 Adamu Abuh, Terhemba Daka, George Opara, Cornelius Essen, Roseline Okere and Femi Adekoya

 

Community tackles Okorocha over planned demolition of ancestral market

Indigenes of Umuoma, Ogbe Ahiara and Ahiazu in Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State have cautioned Governor Rochas Okorocha to rescind his plan to demolish their ancestral market.

They said that the market is a veritable symbol for them and a major source of livelihood.

In a peaceful protest to register their opposition, the aggrieved villagers said the demolition of the market, known as Afor Ogbe, would bring poverty to the people.

The protesters, who sang solidarity songs holding palm fronds, carried placards with inscriptions such as “Afor Ogbe is our heritage, we do not want any interference from government”, “Demolition of Afor Ogbe will only bring poverty to our people”, “Government of Imo State leave Afor Ogbe alone”, among others.

The irate villagers vowed to resist the demolition.

Speaking during the protest, Chairman of Aladimma Umuoma, Chief Emmanuel Egbutu, told Southern City News that the people were opposed to the market demolition because it is a major source of livelihood, adding that it is also one of the symbols of the village.

According to Egbutu, when the stories of government’s intention to demolish the market filtered into the ears of the indigenes, they waited patiently to hear directly from the government but all to no avail.

“They had also falsely claimed to have secured the blessing of the traditional ruler of the Ogbe community, HRH Eze Pat Ihuoma which eventually turned out to be a ruse.

“Demolition of the market will adversely affect our people economically and if the market requires renovation, let the government allow us to effect the repairs by ourselves because we have the resources to do this. If they want to build a new market in our area, we will provide land for them but let them leave our ancestral market for us,” he said.

Other indigenes, Onyekwere Nze, Celestine Agbiogwu and Mrs Nkem Nwosu who variously corroborated the views of Egbutu warned the state government to drop the planned market demolition.

They stressed that doing otherwise would impose avoidable hardship on those whose means of livelihood depend on it.

When contacted, the state Commissioner for Information, Prof. Nnamdi Obiareri, said he was not aware of the development.

Also, the Commissioner of Non-Formal Sector, Mrs. Joy Mbawuike, made the same claim that she was not aware of the demolition exercise.

Gibson Achonu

 

Lagos promises 14,187 housing units in 24 months

Lagos State Government has said that it will deliver 14,187 housing units across the state in the next two years through joint venture partnership.

The Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, stated this at the ongoing 2018 ministerial press briefing to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration.

He said by this initiative, the state intends to provide 20,000 housing units over a period of four years spanning 2017-2020.

“This initiative is implemented through a joint venture arrangement between the state and the private investor/joint venture partner. Under this initiative, the state provides land, the documentation in terms of permits, approvals, registration of documents and stamping as its own contribution while the joint venture partner provides funds and construction expertise as its contribution,” he said.

According to him, the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)/Project Company is made up of both parties and that the shareholding would be based on the value of the equity contribution of the parties.

Besides, the Lagos State Government yesterday commenced the urban regeneration of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja Government Reserved Areas (GRAs), with the unveiling of 45 new road construction equipment and commissioning of newly-interlocked road in Lekki.

The equipment, which include three road printers and three giant wheel leaders, among others, were unveiled after a public demonstration to the media and government functionaries to complete the construction of interlocked road in Joseph Hotounu Street, Lekki.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who spoke at the unveiling, represented by Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, said the new equipment were procured in line with efforts to reposition the Lagos State Public Works Corporation for the urban regeneration programme aimed at addressing environmental and infrastructural challenges in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja GRAs.

Ambode said the equipment would be immediately deployed across the state for the urban renewal initiative, saying that they would go a long way in ensuring the regeneration of the entire Lagos landscape.

Also, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the paving stone machines and road printers were acquired to basically construct roads that would last longer considering the state of the Lagos environment being waterlogged.

Gbenga Salau

FORMER NSE BOSS CALLS FOR MECHANISM IN REAL ESTATE SECTOR TO DEAL WITH FRAUDSTERS

A former President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Engr. Emeka Ezeh has called on the Government to put in place a governance structure mechanism to prevent the activities of fraudsters in the real estate sector.

Engr. Ezeh made the call in an interview with Housing TV in Abuja.

He said “first and foremost, there is a need for governance structure on how real estate development should be managed. Government needs to come with a regulation on how that should happen. “

Engr. Ezeh who was also a former Director of the Bureau of Public Procurement also called on the Department of Development Control to set up a Unit to monitor real estate development.

He added that “if somebody puts up advert that he has an estate being developed, they are all over the place, everywhere, and am sure that people in development control have access to some of these things, all they need to do is to set up a department to monitor real estate development”

He further stated that “when they run into such advertisements, they have a responsibility to reach out to the owners of such addresses, please can we see the approval for these development and if there is no such approval that shuts off that scheme by the person and in the process the customers will not be swindled. There will be a sense of sanity and order for the real estate sector.”

He noted that there is a need for development control to ensure that those who advertise estates are properly approved with necessary papers, vision for infrastructure like water, electricity, good access roads among others.

Engr. Ezeh advised the consumers to always carry out due diligence before parting with their money to estate developers.

He said” until there is a responsibility on the part of the would be tenant on how they approach them, educate them on what to expect of the developers, if someone comes to you making an offer, you need to do a bit of due diligence check on the developer himself by insisting on getting his details and evidence of government approval of that estate.”

 

The former NSE boss added that “there is so much expectation of government in our whole psyche. It’s a good thing to look up to the government but people are forgetting their personal responsibility. There is a need for the people to be a bit cautious in dealing with people. It’s expected that due diligence will be carried out before parting with your money. You have your responsibility as a customer to find out how these are”

On the state of the roads in the rainy season, he said the pressure on the roads due to the collapse of the rail infrastructure is responsible for their present state.

According to him, roads are not permanent structures and are meant to be rehabilitated after some time, noting that he supports the call to change the budget year from May to May to take advantage of the dry season in repairing the roads.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing TV

Nigeria Requires $363bn to Tackle Housing Deficit

The federal government will have to cough out a huge sum of $363 billion (about N111. 08 trillion) to meet the current housing deficit in the country.

This revelation was made Tuesday by a former Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC), Prof. Charles Inyangate, at a workshop to mark the World Facilities Management Day in Abuja.

Citing a report by the Centre for African Housing Finance released in October 2015, Inyangate, who delivered the keynote address: ‘Enabling Positive Experiences in an Evolving Economy’, said that amount is required to fix the country’s housing deficit, which ranges between 17-23 million units.

The current housing stock in Nigeria is estimated at 21 million units while the estimated demand is between 38 million and 44 million units.

He said a crisis is looming given the prevailing housing deficit, in view of Nigeria’s demography, which is considered the fastest growing in the world.

He added that over the next 30 years, according to a report by the National Integrated Infrastructure Masterplan (NIMP), $95 billion private sector funding will be required to develop Nigeria’s infrastructure towards the provision of paved roads and electricity.

Inyangate tasked facilities managers to intensify their approach in facility management, saying it is the only means to achieve sustainable and effective development of Nigerian cities.

“Facilities managers are expected to be value creators within their respective organisations. They have a role to play in the building and redesigning process. If government can’t do alone, there is an urgent need for a proactive Public Private Partnership to address Nigeria’s economic challenges. The competence skill set needed to function in Facilities Management are multi-dimensional, it is appropriate that all facilities managers ensure they are well equipped with the competencies,” he said.

At the workshop, Senator Ahmad Abubakar (Bauchi South) revealed that there was a Facility Management Bill before the National Assembly.

He said the bill when passed will enhance and ensure legal framework, localisation of processes and practices of facility management in the country.

He said the Bill had already passed the second reading and public hearing stages.

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