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Land Dispute: One dead, 4 injured as Abuja Natives, Soldiers Clashes

ABUJA—TRAGEDY struck, yesterday, in the nation’s capital, following a fresh clash between soldiers and Abuja natives over land at Tungan-Maje on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory. As a result of the incident, one person has been confirmed dead, with four others injured in the clash. It was gathered that the piece of land in contention is being occupied by the original indigenes of the area.

Speaking with journalists at the scene of the clash, Malam Tanko Sani, one of the community leaders, who confirmed the incident, said trouble ensued when soldiers forcibly moved into the land and started work without the consent of the natives. According to him, one of the natives and a student, Hamza Usman, was killed at the spot by the soldiers for protesting against the action.

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The community head said four other persons were injured and are currently receiving treatment in a hospital within the area. He regretted that the soldiers had never engaged the community members for a discussion since the disagreement between them and natives started about three years ago.

Army sets up probe team Meanwhile, the Army Headquarters Garrison (AHQ Garrison) has set machinery in place to ascertain the authenticity of the allegation as well as fish out the soldiers that perpetrated the killing and inflicted injuries on the victims.

A statement by Col Omale Ochagwuba, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations said: “The fact of the matter is that, there was no clash between AHQ troops and Tungan-Maje community. “What happened was that there was a convoy of troops travelling along that road towards Zuba, which was also confirmed by the community that the troops that clashed with them were travelling along the road before they ran into the road block mounted by them. “The incident is being jointly investigated by AHQ garrison and FCT Police Command to trace the unit of the troops allegedly involved in the clash.”

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IMF ranks Nigeria world’s ‘second worst’ in use of sovereign wealth fund

The International Monetary Fund has ranked Nigeria as the second worst country in the world in the use of sovereign wealth funds.

According to the Fiscal Monitor report released on Wednesday and seen by TheCable, Qatar was the only country worse than Nigeria on the index.

The Bretton Wood institution said the index was compiled using the corporate governance and transparency scores of the sovereign wealth funds and the size of assets as a percentage of 2016 GDP of the countries considered.

The fund said it used data compiled by the Natural Resource Governance Institute and Worldwide Governance Indicators.

“It is critical to develop a strong institutional framework to manage these resources—including good management of the financial assets kept in sovereign wealth funds—and to ensure that proceeds are appropriately spent,” the report read.

“This remains a significant challenge in many resource-rich countries that, on average, have weaker institutions and higher corruption

“The governance challenges of commodity-rich countries— that is, the management of public assets— call for ensuring a high degree of transparency and accountability in the exploration of such resources.

“Countries should develop frameworks that limit discretion, given the high risk of abuse, and allow for heavy scrutiny.”

Explaining that sovereign wealth funds have to be transparent, the IMF advised that countries should ensure that the natural resources of countries should be channelled properly to the people that need them.

Of the 10 African countries considered, Ghana was ranked the highest.

Africa’s Property Market Sustained by Domestic Activities

Office yields remained largely stable in most African markets over the past two years, anchored by patient domestic capital as local investors assume a longer-term perspective, a new report shows.

The analysis, published in a new Knight Frank report dubbed Africa Horizons, shows that of the 35 office markets covered, yield remained stable in 16 locations in the two years to 2018 and rose in six, while 13 markets recorded declines.

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“By taking a longer-term perspective, and in some cases a lower return profile, local investors have remained more active than headline figures suggest. This explains how yields in most major markets have remained stable in the face of weaker reported transactions,” the report states.

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Just under US$2 billion worth of deals in Africa were publicised in 2018, predominantly involving assets in South Africa. Contrary to the global trend, Africa’s recorded transaction activity peaked in 2016, and has since eased. Notably, private capital remains an important driver of investment activity in much of Africa, although ultimately somewhat opaque.

According to the report, healthy economic prospects suggest that Africa will remain a compelling investment destination for those targeting key centres. In addition to the office markets in these locations, the report notes, rising wealth will favour sectors exposed to consumer logistics, and selectively, retail.

“We envisage rising investor demand for those African locations that can demonstrate something of a counter-cyclical nature, combined with rising domestic wealth,” the report says.

In 2018, Africa recorded more than 700 separate inward investment projects, half of which originated from corporations domiciled in the US, UK, France, China and Germany. The investment destinations were broad although South Africa, Morocco, Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia accounted for over half of the projects, according to the report.

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In Nairobi, yields in 2018 stood at 8% for office, 8.5% for logistics property, and 9% for retail. A-grade warehousing around the capital currently commands monthly rents in the upward of US$6 per square metre, almost double that of the predominant stock of older units that lack modern features such as cross-docking and intermodal facilities.

Ben Woodhams, Knight Frank Kenya Managing Director, said: “Yields in each of the market segments align to their risk profiles, with retail being much riskier in Nairobi currently hence the proportionately higher yield.”

According to the Africa Horizons report, top residential investment opportunities across the continent include student accommodation (with Zambia, South Africa and Kenya being education hotspots), retirement homes, and middle-income housing as demographics change. In Kenya’s logistics sector, formal retailers have emerged as a major driver of growth owing to their increasing need for large centralised warehouses as they gain critical mass countrywide.

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The Untold Story of Lagos Building Collapse

It was sunset at noon. The clouds became dark. They are feeling some glacial pang of pains like the stab of a dagger of ice frozen from a poisoned well.

Three-Storey Building collapses in Lagos Alaba market, for a mother, the only thing more painful than birth pangs is the pain of watching your children kidnapped by the cold hands of death. They are down and out, their souls are vexed about the incident.

Fallout of Lagos building collapse If love and tears were enough, some of the relatives and sympathisers could have mustered the whole world to save the dead but death have other tragic plans.

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Their loved ones are gone in an undisguised hours, leaving them in the cold in the drudgery of life. These are the sad tales and harrowing confessions of the residents of Ita Faji, OkeArin, Kakawa streets, Lagos Island, Lagos State.

The structures which are among the hundreds of buildings marked by the Lagos State Government for demolition caved in within a space of two weeks. Though no one was trapped in the case of Kakawa street because the building was marked for demolition and occupants had vacated the collapsed structure, however, it affected a bungalow with three occupants.

The story was however different from that of Ita Faji and Oke Arin where scores of people lost their lives and many hospitalised. Most of the residents who spoke with Vanguard over the development expressed disappointment and anguish, blaming it on the Lagos State Government’s double standard. Mr. Chikelu, a civil engineer, who resides in the vicinity, picked holes on the sincerity of the Lagos State Government to effect demolition as parroted in the media.

His words: “The Lagos State Government should be held responsible for the deaths. The buildings were isolated to be brought down years now, for failing series of integrity tests conducted, but government obviously compromised and the result is this unfortunate incident.” Galadima doesn’t exist, APC fires back over election rigging claim.

Another resident who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter travelled a strange lane. She fingered politicians performing rituals as the brains behind the recurring building collapse. “She went down memory lane, “When Ambode won the gubernatorial election, more than forty houses were burnt, properties destroyed.

Now, San-wolu is warming up and buildings are collapsing, occultic politicians are effecting their spiritual promises,” “she thundered” However, Vanguard learned that some occupant of the Ita Faji apartment, lost close family members varying from two to five. It was gathered that a woman who lost her children to the rubble, took her life as the grief exceeded her elastic limits.

Speaking with a parent who lost his five children, he went uncontrollably as he battled tears to talk. In an emotion laden voice, he said : “ My world has crumbled.God why me! What have I done wrong? I have served you diligently but you abandoned me when I needed you most” “He cried as he continued to weep” SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM It is imperative that the Lagos State Government should revisit and renew the entire Lagos master plan; most importantly, it should commence an urban renewal programme for its inner cities that are presently suffering degradation, dilapidation and ruin. Government should be proactive not reactive in approaching governance.

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INTEGRITY

The Lagos State Government should set up a high powered committee comprising government officials and the private sector core professionals which would employ the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory to check the integrity of buildings in these areas: Mushin, Ajegunle, Shomolu, Bariga, Ketu, Iyana-Ipaja, Abule Egba, etc.

Buildings and other development that do not comply or align with the spirit, concept and context of the urban renewal master plan should be paid in this regard to Lagos Island LEGISLATION The 40-members Lagos State House of Assembly should as a matter of urgency pass a resolution, urging the Lagos State Government to commence the demolition of all marked buildings in Lagos State irrespective of whose ox is gored to avert further collapse and save lives.

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WHAT MAKES AIHS LARGEST HOUSING EVENT IN AFRICA

When the flagship Abuja International Housing Show (AIHS) took off over a decade ago, the expectations were high, and so were the standards – prompting both sceptics and interested stakeholders to wonder how such a show – a first of its kind – will be sustained. So far so good, the expectations were not only met but the show has absolutely carved a permanent niche for itself and for participants.

While international housing events like the Global Housing Finance Conference organised by the World Bank usually focus on a defined and sometimes limited agenda, the Abuja International Housing Show is a one-stop event for multi-industry issues involving both government and private stakeholders, investors and esteemed participants.

From government officials looking for informed opinion(s) on emerging housing and construction policy dynamics, to private sector developers and investors looking for the best clients, environments and opportunities for establishment, to customers looking for the best housing deals, mortgages, credit and whatever access they need, the Abuja International Housing Show has been the best and most established platform in Africa for such convergence.

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The participants who attend from different parts of the world usually attest that the event does not only create awareness on the major challenges in developing or strengthening housing industry and finance markets but also focus extensively on solutions and resolution of these challenges by highlighting innovations, new ideas and global experiences in the sector.

What Makes AIHS A Must Attend for Stakeholders

The Abuja International Housing Show has and will always be an opportunity for policy makers, practitioners, NGOs and donors to gather, exchange views, learn about latest developments and to network.

The Abuja International Housing Show has the support and endorsement of the organizations and brands in charge of implementation of policies in the Nigerian housing sector. Over the years, the Abuja housing show has garnered the support of its partners drawn from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, professional bodies among others.

The show attracts over 25,000 thousand participants and over 400 exhibitors from 21 countries. Abuja International Housing Show offers ideal conditions for visitors to initiate international property projects and helps to maintain and extend their network in the real estate sector.

More of the reasons that make the AIHS what it is are:

All Important AIHS CEO Forum

Registration for the 13th edition of the show which will hold this year from 23 July to 26 July has commenced and according to the event’s coordinator, Bar. Festus Adebayo, this edition will feature a CEO Forum on the first day (23 July) to tackle several challenges, especially the recurrent ones in the housing sector.

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According to Bar. Adebayo, over 200 CEOs in the real estate, mortgage housing finance, construction companies and professional institutions will focus on macro-economic and socio-political environment and impact of real estate market.

“The forum which is a gathering of high profile professionals who are founders and business owners will give opportunity to present and discuss challenges facing their respective organisations and the way forward.
“It is a collaborative and supportive environment for leaders in Nigerian real estate industry support services and mortgage banks. Participating in the forum will increase high level business contact.’’

According to Adebayo, the forum will equally provide avenue for meeting counterparts from every parts of the country and outside the country on networking business relations.

A Marketplace of Information

The most potent resource of the 21st century and especially in the Housing and Construction Sector is information. Things change quickly, and only those who can keep up will be able to compete and stay relevant in the industry.
Having access to veritable information has always been one of the most important benefits for stakeholders who attend the AIHS.

A major highlight of the event is the showcase of innovative developments in the housing industry, paper presentations from experts and leading names in the industry.

In addition, renowned experts will provide housing market forecasts and examine issues such as employment, home prices, production, demand and supply.

Clearly, there is no other platform in Nigeria that can bring together as many professionals, not only from housing, real estate and construction sectors, but also from government, investment, and capital markets to share their first-hand experience, knowledge and expertise on varied issues related directly or indirectly to housing and development.

High Calibre Attendance

The AIHS has always been a favourite stop for top guests from both government, professional bodies and private sectors. Top attendees over the years have included Vice-Presidents, Senate Presidents, State Governors, Ministers, National Assembly Members, Housing Related Agencies, World Bank Officials, International Organisation Leaders, Bank and Industry CEOs, Real Estate Moguls, Business Executives, Donor Officers, Bustling Entrepreneurs among others.
There cannot be a better atmosphere for networking and strategic meetings to take place on a platter of gold. Successful stakeholders will always tell you how important the AIHS is to them and their business growth.

Opportunity to Introduce New Products and Meet the Right Buyers

The AIHS usually host many stands owned by several organisations and brands seeking to introduce their new products and ideas to prospective buyers, clients and investors. The registration platform provides opportunity slots for such brands to book in advance and reap the benefits that come with partnering with the largest Housing Show.
In past years, we have seen exhibition of contemporary-modern roof designs, furniture and new innovations in building technology.

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The Abuja International Housing Show helps to stimulate the building and construction industry, in terms of design-led housing solutions, and high quality home-grown materials and products which are always in presentation.
Also, given that the convener of the Abuja International Housing Show is the promoter of Housing TV, housing development program showing on stations like AIT, TVC and NTA, housing time on Ray power and owner of the largest housing news portal, and not mentioning the live coverage on all social media platforms; it’s a guarantee that participants and exhibitors will get optimum publicity at almost no cost.

Opportunities for Sponsorship

The AIHS also offers opportunities for organisations and brands that want to gain more visibility and traction to sponsor the show and enjoy much more advertisement benefits that wouldn’t ordinarily be available.
For organisations that also want to sponsor the spread of information on relevant industry issues, especially as a form of corporate social responsibility, the AIHS has always been a great platform for them.

Opportunities for Cheap Bargains

The show offers opportunities to make direct sales, direct buying at discounted rates and getting good deals with a mortgage bank or estate developer.
It is also a one-time opportunity to expose yourself and organization to new options of housing finance.

Recognition of Excellence

The event will usually ends in grand style with the Nigeria Housing Awards, an award event put together to honour and celebrate firms, agencies and personalities who have made giant strides in the housing sector in the past year.
An attendance will guarantee you to share in the excitement as AIHS celebrates 13 years of innovation, and help honour the best of the best during the Awards.

Inspiring testimonies

The Abuja International Housing Show is also an avenue to be inspired, either as a professional or a budding entrepreneur or just a random participant.
A lot of people often share testimonies about how they have gotten relevant information that is specific to solving their business and career struggles from attending the event.
Such segments often lift the spirit of dreamers and it is always a catalyst for instant growth because one will be exposed to perspectives that they weren’t privy to initially.

Abuja International Housing Show

Obviously, the well calculated designs and events that makes the AIHS the largest and most successful are inexhaustible. This is where stakeholders discover best practices and new methods for improving efficiency in all areas of the home with construction demos led by top building science experts. It is where global housing enthusiasts connect with like-minded professionals and industry experts in workshops, round-table discussions and networking events.

So far, the event has been able to help achieve reasonable level of housing affordability, access to mortgage options and market growth for relevant stakeholders and clients in the housing and construction industry. The show’s projection to significantly improve the housing deficit in Nigeria, Africa and the world is still very potent and plausible.

Registration has officially opened for the 13th edition of the Abuja International Housing Show ihs2019.org and sponsors are already jostling for platinum sponsorship spots, to enjoy early bird discounts of 15%.

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Group to Launch Real Estate Data System for Housing Delivery in Nigeria

The Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) has announced that it will launch a National Real Estate Data Collation and Management Programme (NRE-DCMP) in order to tackle housing deficit in Nigeria.

This was made known by the body’s President, Rev. Ugochukwu Chime, who told newsmen  in Abuja that the collated housing data would be inaugurated and hoisted during its forthcoming expo scheduled to hold in Abuja from May 7 to 8.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NRE-DCMP was initiated by REDAN and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to collate property price index nationwide to solve housing problems in the country.

 

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The surveyor said that the data, collated from national land administrators on pre-construction, construction and post construction activities nationwide would be hoisted on the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC)’s website for public usage.

“We are going to hoist the data on the website of the NMRC who actually is the key party and has done so much in the area of structural improvement to the mortgage process in Nigeria by keying into mortgage laws which they brought about.

Chime regretted that before now there was a big misrepresentation of housing data in the country which has not really helped the sector.

“I have been in different fora where ministers representing different various ministries in Nigeria outside this country were giving different data about the same issue, which is embarrassing.

“We need data for planning; we need to know where we need those houses, so we organised it in such a way that the CBN agreed to work with us to tackle housing sector crisis.

“The data emerged from developers profile and capacity, demand and affordability profile of the market within a given locality and household condition survey.

“We went a step further to ensure that all the parties who are involved in the planning of various aspects have data for it.

He said that the association collaborated with CBN, World Bank, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) , NMRC , Value Chain and other organisations.

“We also collaborated with the National Bureau of Statistic (NBS), National Population Commission (NPC) to be able to have the NRE-DCMP which is a novel thing that has never happened before,” he added.

He further noted that the data had input on land administration and the 37 land administration entities in Nigeria including the improvement that could be brought to bear on them.

He added that the collated data included issues of mortgage law and foreclosure law as well as how to standardise operations of various institutions to ensure a developer received a standardise allocation letter.

Chime explained that the collated data would also dwell on how to standardise the deed of legal mortgage and deed of assignments in various registries to ensure it’s financial acceptance.

“On affordability we want to know the numbers and the people in the 774 LGAs who need the houses and their affordability reach so that we will stop the issues of having duplexes everywhere or building houses people cannot buy.

“So we can now do targeted construction that can only happen when we have the data on affordability and business data to know the people who are developing the houses.

“We also have housing condition which is the baseline to ascertain the condition of existing houses in the 774 local government or the 37 entities we have in 36 states and FCT.

“These components are what we have gone on to do by organising the NREDCMP,” he said.

According to him, the association has been able to ensure the various stakeholders have understanding of how all the data they want to work upon were collated, gathered and analyse

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NITP Strikes Partnership with Govt on Town Planning

The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Lagos State Chapter, has pledged to become more involved in environmental issues in the state through physical planning.

The Chairman of the chapter, Mr Adebisi Adedire, stated that as custodians of the environment, town planners were indebted to the inhabitants of the state.

Adedire, who spoke at his investiture as the 16th chairman of NITP, Lagos Chapter, said there would be more focus on creating avenue through which town planners could be involved in the governance process of the state.

He said, “We won’t be allowing the government to take actions relating to the environment, physical planning and development of the city alone. On this premise, we will be embarking on a major programme for this administration titled, ‘Change the city project’.

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“This initiative is focused on assisting the government by providing policy supportive interventions mechanism into the governance process in Lagos State. Studies, which will cover several physical planning aspects, will be carried out in all local government areas and Local Council Development Areas.”

The President of the NITP, Mr Lekwa Ezutah, said members should stimulate intellectual discussions that would move the institute forward.

Ezutah, who was represented by the 1st Vice-President, Mr Toyin Ayinde, said for the institute and the society in general to make progress, there was a need for critical thinking and understanding of the environment and everything within it.

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Artisans Reveal Role in Tackling Building Collapse in Nigeria

Just like the professional bodies in the building environment are being piqued by the incessant building collapse in the country, Builders and Construction Skilled Artisans Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN), has called on the Government to engage and empower the association in the fight against the menace. .

Making the call in Abuja recently, against the backdrop of collapsed buildings in Lagos and Ibadan two weeks ago, the National President of BACSAAN, Alhaji Fasasi Muhammed-Jamiu said that this would greatly reverse the spate of building collapse mostly associated with poor construction.

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According to Muhamed-Jamiu, collaboration with his group would go a long way to solve the problem of building collapse, just as governments are collaborating with the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and Nigeria Institute of Builders (NIOB) and other professional bodies.

He was of the view that the existing regulatory bodies at different levels of governments are trying but don’t have the wherewithal to make much effective impact across the length and breadth of the country.

“Building collapses in Nigeria can be avoided if pre-adequate measures are taken by all key players in the sector. Although, there are construction monitoring agencies in the country, but the ability to know where poor jobs are being done and true status of buildings lays with the artisans that work on them.

“Governments, especially, at the federal level have invited us for several meetings, its high time we were involved in the regulatory exercise. Our inclusion will complement efforts of the existing operators because we take part from the beginning to the end of each construction”, said Muhamed-Jamiu.

COREN GETS NEW REGISTRAR

Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has appointed a new registrar, Professor Joseph Odigure, of the chemical engineering department, Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna.

His appointment, that has been made since December 2018, takes official effect in March 2019. According to COREN, Odigure’s appointment was confirmed at the council’s 160th Ordinary Council Meeting that was held in December 2018.

Odigure takes over from Kamila Maliki, who served two terms as registrar of COREN from March 2013 to March 2019.

Until his appointment, Odigure was a lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department of the Federal University of Technology, Minna.

He was born on October 2, 1959 in Onitsha and attended the Belarus National University of Technology, Minsk, Belarus, from where he obtained M.Sc in Chemical Technology of Binding Materials and Refractories in 1986.

Odigure is a registered engineer and a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. He is also an honorary fellow of the Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials, as well as a fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering.

His working career started at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he did his one year compulsory National Youth Service in 1990 and was later employed as lecturer 1 in 1991 and rose to the rank of a professor in the chemical engineering department of the same university.

Odigure served in various administrative and managerial capacities in public and private universities, as well as in national and international committees.

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Building Collapse: ARCON Introduces New Policy, APRN to Tackle Menace

IN apparent response to a call by the Lagos State government, seeking solution to the menace of building collapse, and urging the public to submit memoranda in that respect,  the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), has urged relevant authorities in the country to adopt its initiative known as “Projects’ Registration Number (APRN)” system.

To ARCON,  introduction of APRN, would  among other benefits, reduce the menace of building collapse in Nigeria.

President of the Council, Sir Dipo Ajayi, an architect, who said this to newsmen recently, was reacting to collapsed buildings in Lagos and other parts of the country.

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“Only two weeks ago, a four-floor building at Ita-Faaji area of Lagos Island,  that was being used as residential and school premises collapsed, with the unfortunate incident led to the death of some, including children, while several others were injured.

“ As if that was not enough, few days after another building in Ibadan, Oyo state, also collapsed”, lamented the ARCON boss.

Aayi, who was accompanied by messrs Kayode Anibaba, former Commissioner for Physical Planning and Environment in Lagos; Adebayo Dipe, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Housing; Mr. Ohioma Andy, Director, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing;  Ladi Lewis, former chairman, Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Lagos; and Tiwalola Fadeyibi (all architects), to the Ita-Faaji collapsed building site, said it was high time for all states to embrace its APRN initiative.

According to him, APRN System, which entails the process of numbering all architectural projects in Nigeria, will further tighten loose end in monitoring building projects across the country.

“We want to collaborate with state governments to ensure that APRN becomes operational in all the states in country.  And we have been creating awareness on this.”

Ajayi added that according to the process, all architectural projects/drawings are prepared only by fully registered architects, submitted to ARCON and assigned the ARCON Project Registration Number (APRN) before submission for planning/implementation approvals.

Ajayi, who commiserated with the families of the deceased and hoped that those directly involved in this despicable act would be brought to book, said that, while the APRN is intended to combat the scourge of building failure and collapse through the elimination of quackery, it will also ensure that only fully registered and financially current architects/architectural firms prepare, produce and submit designs for planning/implementation approval and receive such approvals when they are given.

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According to him, architects and architectural firms who are registered with the council are to submit architectural building plans for approval/implementation and are responsible for the supervision of their designs.

Ajayi said that, this measure is to complement the old practice of submitting building with a copy of the architect’s current practice licence, the affixing of ARCON stamps, signed by the architect and sealed (with the architect’s ARCON seal) on each sheet of the drawings submitted for approval.

He revealed that building can collapse due to non-involvement of professionals and poor designs; over-perpetual loading, adding that development, hence, there must be re-engineering, rebuilding and re-planning of the entire Lagos Island space.

 

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