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Meet Housingnews Person of the Week – Afolabi Imoukhuede

Housingnews person of the week is Afolabi Imoukhuede, who is a Senior Special Assistant in the office of the Vice President on Job Creation and Youth Employment (Npower).

Prior to his appointment to national assignment, he was the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of MCS Consulting Limited. An Accountant by profession, he is an experienced International Development consultant with sector focus in construction, real estate and small business development. He is also a certified Project Management and Human Capital consultant with particular emphasis on the Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

He is initiator and champion of the #SkillUp initiative, an Industry-Backed Technical Skills Competency Development solution designed to mitigate current dearth of skilled and competent technicians in the various industries by developing competent enterprise builders and wealth creators. #SkillUp is in partnership with the global certification awarding body: City & Guilds of London, the Government and the Industries.

Prior to this, he was the Deputy Team Leader/Intervention Lead with the UK Department for International Development – DFID/GEMS2 programme (managed by Coffey International) with sector focus on stimulating Growth and Employment in the Construction and Real Estate. At GEMS2, Afolabi championed the delivery of affordable housing for the lower and lower-middle income earners in Lagos state through the Private Public Partnership (PPP) procurement methodology. He also directed the implementation of the demand survey for affordable housing and related housing finance options for Lagos state and unlocking constraints around developing Skills for the Construction Industry.

Mr. Imoukhuede is a well sought out Speaker on issues of National Development particularly as it relates to Education for Employment, Job Creation, Skills Development, Economic Inclusion and Affordable Housing.

Through the N-Power scheme which he advises the President on, over 100, 000 Nigerians have benefitted in one way or the other through social interventions, trainings, temporary employments, and welfare packages.

He spoke at the 13th Abuja International Housing Show on the role of housing development in job creation: a case study of Npower.

Meet Ugochukwu Chime and Kehinde Ogundimu – Housingnews Personalities of the Week

This week’s housingnews personality of the week features two prominent stakeholders shaping the Nigerian housing sector. Ugochukwu Chime leads the estate developers’ body in Nigeria (REDAN), while Kehinde Ogundimu is the managing director at Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC).

Get to know them.

UGOCHUKWU CHIME – principal figure in Estate Development in Nigeria

The future of any nation lies in its builders. The Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) occupy a very significant position in the present and future of Nigeria. In bridging Nigeria’s housing gap, REDAN are critical stakeholders whose performance will greatly determine the pace of development in the sector.

The body is currently led by Ugochukwu Obiora Chime, a renowned Surveyor, Real Estate Developer, Physical Development Consultant and prominent stakeholder in the housing sector. He is the Housingnews person of the week.

He is also the President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA).

His various academic pursuits at the University of Nigeria, earned him a first degree in Geography, a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Surveying, Geodesy and Photogrammetry, and another Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Management. He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Theology from Agape Bible College Enugu. He got registered with the Surveyors Registration Council of Nigeria (SURCON) in 1995, and earned a fellowship of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (FNIS) in 2010.

Ugochukwu Chime is a well-travelled technocrat, which has enabled him undertake the multidimensional roles he is playing in the country’s socio-economic development. He is a notable FMBN consultant in Real Estate Development with many successful developments across the country to his credit. He is well known for his mentorship responsibility and spurring a lot of people to achieve great things.

He had a 15 years working experience with Anambra/Enugu States Government in Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Development (May 1980 – June 1995). He started serving as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of COPEN GROUP OF COMPANIES from June 1995 till date. He served as Chairman, Board of Directors, Enugu State Housing Development Corporation (2003 – 2007). He is also the Chairman, Bethel Microfinance Bank Ltd and sits on the Board of many other companies.

His company – Copen Services Limited was given the first ever Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) certificate of commendation to an Estate developer on 1st December 2011 by the Hon. Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Ms Amal Pepple CFR. He has made an indelible mark in Real Estate Development, pioneering the 1ST, 2ND, 3RD and 4TH successful FMBN financed estates in the South East to completion – Bethel, Goshen, Jubilee and Elim Estates. He has diversified interest in residential, commercial and industrial real estate in Enugu and Abuja.

Launch of National Real Estate Data Collation and Management Programme (NRE-DCMP)

Under his presidency, The Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN) launched the National Real Estate Data Collation and Management Programme (NRE-DCMP), which is designed to help tackle housing problems in Nigeria, including housing deficit this week.

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.

According to Ugochukwu Chime, the data which was launched in May, collated from national land administrators on pre-construction, construction and post construction activities nationwide would be hosted on the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC)’s website for public usage.

Amongst the retinue of positions has held includes:

In Real Estate Development
• ENUGU STATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Chairman, Board of Directors, Enugu State Housing Development Corporation, at 21 Kingsway Rd, Enugu. (2003 – 2007)
• FMBN CONSULTANT (2005 – 2015) – His company was a foremost Estate Development Loan monitoring and supervising Consultant
• REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA
o South East Zonal Coordinator (2004 – 2009)
o National Deputy President, (2009 – 2012)
o Chairman, Board of Directors REDAN Capital Ltd, (2010 – February 2012)
o Trustee (Member, Board of Trustees of REDAN) February 2012 till date.
o National President, REDAN February 2015 till date

In NIGERIAN INSTITUTION OF SURVEYORS (NIS).
• Chairman, (NIS), Enugu State Branch (1996- 2000). Acquired the land and built the first ever NIS Branch Secretariat in Nigeria.
• Council Representative on NIS Council (2000-2004)
• Trustee of NIS, Enugu State Branch, 2002 till date).
• Council Member representing Benue, Enugu and Anambra States on SURVEYORS REGISTRATION COUNCIL OF NIGERIA (SURCON). (2004 – 2007)

In ENUGU CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY, MINES & AGRICULTURE (ECCIMA).
Council Member/Chairman Allocation (February 2007 – February 2009)
Vice President (February 2009 – February 2011)
2nd Deputy President (February 2011 – February 2013)
1st Deputy President (February 2013 – February 2015)
President of ECCIMA (February 2016 – February 2018)

He is a devout Christian and enjoys playing chess, table tennis, football, reading and swimming.

KEHINDE OGUNDIMU – Managing Director of NMRC

Mr. Kehinde Ogundimu is Managing Director of Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company Plc (NMRC), and has been its Executive Director since November 26, 2015. Mr. Ogundimu is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ work experience in financial services (secondary mortgage and diversified banking), energy and public accounting.

Mr. Kehinde Ogundimu holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and obtained an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ work experience in financial services (secondary mortgage and diversified banking), energy and public accounting.

He started his career at Pricewaterhouse­Coopers and subsequently worked in various capacities at Texaco Overseas (now Chevron Nig. Ltd) in Nigeria and in the Washington DC region at Pepco Energy Services, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and finally at Capital One Bank, where he was the Head of Debt, Derivatives and Securitization before joining NMRC.

Mr. Ogundimu is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder. He has attended several executive management programs in leading educational institutions including Harvard Business School and Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Under his tenure as MD, the NMRC is proactively championing the mortgage market information system, for which they even won an award at the 2019 Nigeria Housing Awards.

NMRC has been at the forefront of driving housing market intelligence as a key area of activity and focus, within which it has developed a Mortgage Market Information Portal (MMIP). The NMRC MMIP portal is a decision-making tool that supports the growth of affordable housing and housing finance markets in Nigeria. The NMRC MMIP is currently the repository for the National Real Estate Data Collation Programme making it a primal point of call for industry stakeholders seeking relevant and timely data on Nigeria’s housing sector.

As part of the Company’s attainment in Housing Data, NMRC had earlier in 2016 partnered with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) to execute a first of its kind Housing Market survey across six geopolitical zones and involved data gathering, policy evaluation and impact assessment for decision making and investment in the mortgage and housing industry.

Under Ogundimu, NMRC is also collaborating with stakeholders in the passage of foreclosure bills in all the states of the federation and refinancing projects of family homes funds and mortgages of several PMIs.

Housingnews Personality of the Week – Meet Femi Adewole

Femi Adewole is a housing finance professional with over 25years experience leading housing initiatives across Sub Sahara Africa and the United Kingdom. Before his appointment as the Managing Director of Family Homes Funds, he was Managing Director of Shelter Afrique, the Nairobi-based pan-African housing company.

He has served in various capacities in some of the largest housing companies around the globe such as First World Communities Ltd, Watford Community Housing Trust, Notting Hill Housing Group, and Lagos HABITAT 2011 Project amongst others.

Mr Adewole, is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School and Warwick Business School. He is a chartered architect as well as a planning and development professional with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Currently, he is leading the biggest social housing fund in sub-Saharan Africa – Family Homes Funds – to build at least 500,000 affordable homes in Nigeria between 2018 and 2023 with about N500 billion.

Barely a year since its kick-off, Family Homes Funds has financed the development of at least 1050 homes with another 3000 at different stages of development. They have been able to create about 1400 jobs through these projects. Over 500 units have been completed in Nasarawa state, 750 in Kano, 650 in Delta and many more all over the country.

Most states that are in partnership with the Fund are now keying into the program to provide housing for their staff through the fund. In Borno state, the Fund is providing about 4700 homes, with 3000 of those being very low cost homes for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Fund which also recently signed a ground-breaking deal with Yobe state to provide up to 2600 homes, believes that its projects including the one now initiated in Adamawa will improve the lot of the beneficiaries whom have always yearned to own their own homes.

The scheme has developed affordable home ownership packages like Help-to-Own and Rent-to-Own in order to ensure that those seeking to own their own homes can have access to affordable mortgage and rental opportunities.

Femi Adewole is Housingnews personality of the week and gets a thumbs up for an incredible work so far. It is the expectation of stakeholders that himself and his team gets the adequate support needed to achieve their lofty goals.

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