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Building collapse: Engineers want NASS to pass bill to check contractors

Structural engineers have appealed to the National Assembly (NASS) to propose and pass a bill which would check careless use of building contractors in project execution in the country.

Addressing journalists in Calabar, branch chairman of Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), an affiliate of the Council of Registered Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) Bishop Ndoma Nyambi said that the major cause of building collapse was the unrestrained engagement of reckless and inexperienced building contractors.

He said the bill when passed into law would reduce the rampant presence of defective buildings and the grave consequences.

Ndoma emphasized that there was need to prevent clients such as building owners whether government or private from using contractors with inexperienced engineers.

He expressed worry that private buildings under construction are hardly supervised by building engineers which is the major reason there are loopholes for defection and other dangers.

“It is not only buildings. A lot of people are constructing drains and culverts on roads without supervision from relevant engineers.

“There is need for provisions to penalise anyone because it appears anyone can just wake up and build anything using any standard without an enforcement from government,” he said.

He said it had always been the duty of government to provide access slabs and the drains on roads supervised by government engineers.

Eyo Charles

Building collapse: Engineers want NASS to pass bill to check contractors

Structural engineers have appealed to the National Assembly (NASS) to propose and pass a bill which would check careless use of building contractors in project execution in the country.

Addressing journalists in Calabar, branch chairman of Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE), an affiliate of the Council of Registered Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) Bishop Ndoma Nyambi said that the major cause of building collapse was the unrestrained engagement of reckless and inexperienced building contractors.

He said the bill when passed into law would reduce the rampant presence of defective buildings and the grave consequences.

Ndoma emphasized that there was need to prevent clients such as building owners whether government or private from using contractors with inexperienced engineers.

He expressed worry that private buildings under construction are hardly supervised by building engineers which is the major reason there are loopholes for defection and other dangers.

“It is not only buildings. A lot of people are constructing drains and culverts on roads without supervision from relevant engineers.

“There is need for provisions to penalise anyone because it appears anyone can just wake up and build anything using any standard without an enforcement from government,” he said.

He said it had always been the duty of government to provide access slabs and the drains on roads supervised by government engineers.

Eyo Charles

Experts blame building fire incidents on low safety standards

Safety and fire management experts have blamed the high rate of fire incidences in domestic and commercial buildings on low safety standards and use of poor quality electrical products.

At a safety roundtable organised by power management company, Eaton, on ‘Enhancing electrical safety in buildings’, experts noted that the statistics of fire incidences in the country had become alarming, even though the numbers were under-documented.

A Senior Safety Officer with the Lagos State Fire Service, Temitayo Awosanya, said there was a need for more enlightenment on how to prevent fire in homes.

According to him, carelessness is the major cause of fire outbreak in houses and accounts for at least 75 per cent of the recorded cases.

Other causes, he noted, were the use of substandard products, lack of technical know-how, and careless handling of flammable liquids.

“Fire safety is an important topic and everyone must be enlightened. Every environment is not the same, so everyone needs the input of professionals. It is not enough to just buy fire extinguisher. Fire is a friend; but when it gets out of hand, it becomes your enemy. What you do before the fire occur is very important,” Awosanya stated.

The Principal Partner, JOJO and Partners, an electrical, mechanical and telecommunications engineering consulting firm, Mr. Tunde Olukoya, stated that safety had become a big issue in the country and that fire incidences were not being properly documented.

“In as much as we see safety as important, our disposition is such that we do not pay attention to the consequences. Accidents can happen anytime but it has been all talks and no action. We have to work the talk,” he said.

The Director of Safety Training and Education, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Adebyi Adeyinka, said the commission had discovered that facilities were getting burnt frequently because most electricians were not well trained, adding that lack of skills was leading to wrong use of equipment.

“Most connections and products used are also substandard but fire incidences related to electricity have reduced since we started training electricians. We also continuously conduct safety audits of building,” he said.

According to the International Sales Manager, Fire Systems, Eaton, Andy Souten, builders spend more money on the aesthetics of a building to the detriment of the electrical installations.

He stated that there was a need for the government to enforce more regulations on fire safety.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency, Mr. Peter Ewesor, said the government had always put rules and regulations on electrifying buildings in place but that compliance had been low.

“We need to follow best practices which include checking on installations every five to 10 years to ensure they are working optimally,” he said.

Eaton’s Marketing Director for Africa, Sumaya Abdool, said the topic of fire safety had become critical to the company and to the lives of everyone.

“We believe in leaving a greener future for the generation coming through our products, which are safe, efficient and reliable solutions,” she added.

The Regional Manager, Eaton West Africa, Charles Iyo, said incidences of electrical fire were a growing concern everywhere in the world and one of the major causes of injuries, loss of property and even death.

“As stakeholders, it’s important that we begin to take more than a cursory look at fire safety measures right from the planning to the completion stage,” he said.

Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

 

Subscribers get rent-to-own houses in Lagos

About 650 subscribers have benefited from Lagos State’s Rent-to-Own housing scheme introduced by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration.

The Rent-to – own scheme, which was adopted from the State’s Home Ownership mortgage scheme, requires only a 5 per cent deposit and 30 percent equity contribution from the allotees, while the balance is spread over a 10-years period.

The State Commissioner for Housing, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, who disclosed this figure at the hand -over ceremony of keys to 150 allotees, said the policy was targeted to all Lagosians to have access to decent and affordable housing.

According to him, the new batch of allotees has brought to 650 total housing units allotted so far in the scheme. He enjoined the allotees, who are given keys to one bedroom apartment at Oba Adegboruwa Estate, in Ikorodu to ensure proper maintenance of their apartment.

Lawal stressing that the state has now made it mandatory for facility managers to manage new and existing estates in Lagos to prevent degeneration of the estates and to keep it environmentally friendly.

Earlier, the General Manager of Lagos State Mortgage Board, Mr. Dehinde Tunwashe, said the allocation of the housing units was carried out in a fair and just manner.He urged the allottees to ensure prompt payment of their monthly rent to encourage the state government to provide more houses.

Tunwashe said it is mandatory to pay insurance premium on the policies put in place by the state government to safeguard their property against any form of disaster.

He further urged the allottees to cooperate with the facility managers and ensure that the facilities in the estates are put to good use.

Bertram Nwannekanma

FG to deliver 2,450 housing units – Minister

The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan, has said that the Federal Government will deliver no fewer than 2,450 housing units in the first phase of the National Housing Programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He said the programme involved the building of an average of 70 housing units in 35 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Hassan spoke on Thursday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, during an inspection of the ongoing 76 housing units under the NHP at Osin Aremu/Aliara community in the Ilorin West Local Government Area.

He reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to reducing the housing deficit in the country by constantly delivering a particular number and consistently too.

The minister stated that indigenous contractors, engineers, builders and artisans were competent to handle building projects in the country.

He said the Federal Government was desirous of Kwara State providing it with additional land for the second phase of the NHP.

“From what I have seen on this site, I think the local contractors are competent. I have seen the level of tiling that was done; the tilling is excellent, the ceiling, among others, is fine. The artisans are the ones that bring out the beauty of any house; so, we need to take our artisans seriously and give them more training,” he added.

Success Nwogu

ABUJA OVERTAKES LAGOS IN FOREIGN CAPITAL INFLOWS

*UK, US, S’Africa and Ghana top list of countries of origin

The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has become the leading recipient of foreign capital inflows, commencing from the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017.

In the first quarter (Q1) 2018, the nation’s capital also overtook with an inflow of $3.54 billion, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has revealed in its ‘Capital Importation (Q1)’ report, which has just been released.

This indicates an increase of 32.24 per cent from the figure recorded in the previous quarter, when it reported $2.68 billion.

At the same time, capital importation to Lagos increased marginally by 4.59 per cent from $2.55 billion in the last quarter to $2.67 billion in Q1, 2018, while Capital Importation to Akwa Ibom was $43.62 million, which is a decline of 65.05 per cent from the figure reported last quarter ($124.85 million).

In contrast, Ogun, Bauchi, and Kano States witnessed strong growth in foreign capital inflow in the first quarter, each recording respective growth rates of 182.06 per cent, 370.59 per cent, and 154.84 per cent on a quarter-on-quarter basis.

The NBS also revealed in its just-released ‘Nigerian Capital Importation (Q1 2018)’ report that the total value of capital imported into the country in the first three months (first quarter) of 2018 stood at $6,303.63 million, representing a 594 per cent increase (year- on–year) from $908.3 million in Q1 2017.

According to the agency, the first quarter in 2018 saw a continuous growth in total capital importation into the country, the fourth consecutive quarterly increase since the second quarter (Q2) 2017.

A breakdown of the Nigerian capital importation by country of origin showed that the United Kingdom (UK) kept its leading role in capital investment in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2018, with $2.25 billion capital invested in the country.

This inflow accounted for 35.73 per cent of the total of capital inflow in Q1,2018, it was also a 39.89 per cent increase from the previous quarter and a growth of 644.55 per cent over the corresponding period of last year.

As well as the existence of a historical relationship between the UK and Nigeria, London (its capital) is also a principal financial centre, which explains the high value of foreign capital from the UK.

Since 2010, the UK has accounted for the highest value of capital importation in all but two quarters (both in the second half of 2015).

Similarly, the second most significant value of capital importation came from the United States, accounting for $1.26 billion in the first quarter of 2018 or 19.99 per cent of the total quarterly capital importation.

The US has also been one of the most important investors in Nigeria, usually either the largest or second largest investor country. The next two largest investors in the first quarter of 2018 were South Africa and Ghana, which recorded $493.22 million and $380.14 million capital inflow into Nigeria in the first quarter respectively.

These two countries’ capital investment accounted for 7.82 per cent and 6.03 per cent of the total quarterly capital importation in Q1 2018.

Capital Importation from South Africa increased by 79.29 per cent from the previous quarter and by 673.19 per cent relative to the first quarter in 2017.

The first quarter in 2018 was the first time since 2013 that Ghana made a significant capital investment in Nigeria, which made Ghana the fourth largest Capital Importation source country for Nigeria in the first quarter of 2018.

According to the NBS, the increase in capital inflow in Q1, 2018 was driven mainly by Portfolio Investment, which grew from $3,477.53 million in the previous quarter to $4,565.09 million, accounting for 72.42  per cent of the total capital importation during the quarter.

Capital importation is divided into three main investment types: foreign direct investment (FDI), portfolio investment and Other investments, each comprising various sub-categories. Since 2017 Q2, portfolio investment has been expanding faster than the other two categories, remaining the largest component of capital imported in Q1, 2018 at 35 percent of total capital imported.

Foreign direct investment and other investment accounted for 3.91 percent and 23.67 percent of total Capital Importation into Nigeria in the quarter under review.

Capital inflow in the form of Shares in the first quarter increased by 3.05 percent from $3.68 billion reported in Q4, 2017 to $3.79 billion in Q1, 2018. This component has recorded a steady rise since the first quarter of 2017, with Q1, 2018 being the fifth quarter of its consecutive rise. The percentage share of Shares investments to total Capital Imported however, decreased from 68.37 percent in the previous quarter to 60.17 percent in the first quarter of 2018.

In the Q1 2018, banking remained the leading sector for foreign capital Inflow which attracted the most considerable amount of capital investment. During the first quarter, $1.18 billion overseas investment flowed to the Banking sector, which accounted for 18.7 percent of the total Capital Importation.

Financing exceeded production, servicing and telecoms sectors to become the second leading sector to receive capital investment, attracting $485.41 million during the quarter. This was followed by the Servicing sector with $328.15 million, Production sector with $144.09 million and Agriculture with $130.90 million.

Ndubuisi Francis

 

 

12th ABUJA INTERNATIONAL HOUSING SHOW TO WITNESS NEW INNOVATIONS

The Coordinator 12th Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo says this year’s edition will witness new innovations in the areas of different platforms that have been added to the largest housing show on the Continent.

The Coordinator of the Show stated this in an interview with Housing TV in his office.

The 12th Abuja International Housing Show is expected to hold July 16th – 19th 2018 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Adebayo listed some of the unique innovations of the 12th Abuja Housing Show to include introduction of CEO’s Forum, women in housing sector initiative, international real estate investment forum and the segment for youth in real estate development.

According to him “CEO’s forum is unique in the sense that the leaders in the real estate, banking, building materials and technology will be meeting together to address the issue of affordable housing finance holistically.”

He added that “we will be launching women in housing sector initiative. The show will also feature youth in real estate development. As you know, there are a lot of youths who are doing very well in the real estate and there are some youths who have not discovered opportunities in the sector, the idea is to teach them and to catch them young, give them education on mortgage among others.”

The Coordinator said this year’s edition will feature 30 Speakers and 350 exhibitors from not less than 10 Countries.

Adebayo said “the Abuja Housing Show has increased its scope with many professional bodies who have joined as partners to promote the platform-the Abuja Housing Show which have become the most credible and highest networking point for those looking for opportunities and sales for their products and services.”

He listed the new collaborators to include the African Association of Interior Designers, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria,Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria, Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Nigeria Institute of Building, Association of Housing Corporation of Nigeria, Housing Development Advocacy Network, Shelter Afrique, Kenya and the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.

Adebayo said the show will also feature an International Investment Forum for those who are seeking for international investors who are interested in investing in the real estate sector in Nigeria.

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The Guest Speakers for the housing finance section of the 12th Abuja Housing Show are drawn from the World Bank, African Union of Housing Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria, Shelter Afrique Kenya, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company, UN Habitat, OPIC Investment USA among others.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing News

ALL SET FOR 2018 ABUJA INTERNATIONAL HOUSING SHOW

All is now set for the 12th Abuja International Housing Show expected to hold July 16th – 19th 2018 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The Coordinator of the Show, Festus Adebayo stated this in an interview with Housing TV in his office.

The Show will have has its theme- Driving Growth and Sustainability in Nigeria Housing and Mortgage Markets-improving structures and policies for impact.

Adebayo “all is set to host the world. The Abuja Housing Show is ready, Abuja is ready, Nigeria is ready, and professionals are ready.”

He added that” the exhibitors are ready to give discount on every purchase made at the show.”

The Coordinator said the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will declare the show open and will be supported by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Minister of FCT, Mohammed Musa Bello, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Minister of State for Solid Minerals, former President of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Dr.  Emeka Eze (OFR) as well as many State Governors.

In a recent interview, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun described the Abuja Housing Show as the largest housing, construction stakeholders’ event in sub-Sahara Africa.

The Housing Show that has now taken international dimension is being organized by Housing Development Programme on AIT with the collaboration of Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria, African Union of Housing Finance, Nigeria Housing Finance Programme, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, National Assembly Committee on Housing and Africa Association of Design Architects.

The Show will witness over 350 exhibitors with over 15,000 participants.

You can register for the largest housing show on the continent at www.aihs2018.com

Adeleke Samuel, Housing News

 

12th ABUJA INTERNATIONAL HOUSING SHOW TO WITNESS NEW INNOVATIONS

The Coordinator 12th Abuja Housing Show, Festus Adebayo says this year’s edition will witness new innovations in the areas of different platforms that have been added to the largest housing show on the Continent.

The Coordinator of the Show stated this in an interview with Housing TV in his office.

The 12th Abuja International Housing Show is expected to hold July 16th – 19th 2018 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Adebayo listed some of the unique innovations of the 12th Abuja Housing Show to include introduction of CEO’s Forum, women in housing sector initiative, international real estate investment forum and the segment for youth in real estate development.

According to him “CEO’s forum is unique in the sense that the leaders in the real estate, banking, building materials and technology will be meeting together to address the issue of affordable housing finance holistically.”

He added that “we will be launching women in housing sector initiative. The show will also feature youth in real estate development. As you know, there are a lot of youths who are doing very well in the real estate and there are some youths who have not discovered opportunities in the sector, the idea is to teach them and to catch them young, give them education on mortgage among others.”

The Coordinator said this year’s edition will feature 30 Speakers and 350 exhibitors from not less than 10 Countries.

Adebayo said “the Abuja Housing Show has increased its scope with many professional bodies who have joined as partners to promote the platform-the Abuja Housing Show which have become the most credible and highest networking point for those looking for opportunities and sales for their products and services.”

He listed the new collaborators to include the African Association of Interior Designers, Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Nigeria Institute of Building, Association of Housing Corporation of Nigeria, Housing Development Advocacy Network, Shelter Afrique, Kenya and Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.

Adebayo said the show will also feature an International Investment Forum for those who are seeking for international investors who are interested in investing in the real estate sector in Nigeria.

The Guest Speakers for the housing finance section of the 12th Abuja Housing Show are drawn from the World Bank, African Union of Housing Finance, Central Bank of Nigeria, Shelter Afrique Kenya, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company, UN Habitat, OPIC Investment USA among others.

Adeleke Samuel, Housing News

Sokoto govt to provide 100 houses for low income earners

The Sokoto state government has approved the sum of N240 million for the construction of 100 houses for low income earners.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner, Land and Housing, Alhaji Bello Gwiwa while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state executive council meeting presided over by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Thursday.

Gwiwa explained that the contract sum was low because the houses would be constructed through a direct labour by the ministry.

He also revealed that the state government had in response to the calls by prominent Nigerians resolved to include non-indigenes among the beneficiaries of government quarters that were being sold out in the state.

He further announced that the three months’ period for the initial payment of 20 percent for the houses was increased to six months to enable the desired occupants pay at ease.

However, in its effort to checkmate the excesses of fuel marketers in the state, the council had approved the sum of N125.8 million for the upgrading of six fuel dumps (mini fuel stations) owned by the state government and the acquisition of Bulk Purchase Licence from NNPC.

Gwiwa said this would make the commodity available at the government approved price in the state.

Similarly, the state government has approved the sum of N268.8 million for the construction of police outpost, roads and the coppers’ lodge at the newly constructed Government Secondary School, Balle in Gudu local government area and N99.9 million for the expansion of Command Girls Science Secondary School, Sokoto.

The Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Muhammad Jabbi Kilgori who stated this added that the sum of N158.4 million was also approved for the construction and automation of e-library at the state University as part of requirements for accreditation by the National University Commission.

The council approves another N143.5 million for the purchase of 10 refuse evacuation trucks and N281.7 million for the procurement of FARO 44 rice seed for dry and wet season farming.

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