African Union To Start Construction of Real Wakanda

It might have been a wish in the early months of 2018 when the highest-grossing superhero film of all time “Black Panther” depicted a rich and technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda that was the envy of the rest of the world.

It is nearly a wish come true as the African Union is close to starting the construction of a real Wakanda which will be built, run and operated across the continent by the African diaspora.Dubbed the Wakanda One Village Project,it will consist of five African Centres of Excellence in each of the five regions of the continent which will serve as nerve centers for development bearing state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, hotels, industrial homes, shopping centres among others.This was announced by the African Union Ambassador to the United States of America, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, when she launched the Afircan Diaspora Global Bank which is expected to raise $5 billion that will fund the project.

Zimbabwe and Zambia have offered 2,000 and 132 hectares of land respectively around the Victoria Falls area which borders the two countries. Zambia has also made its offer and Zimbabwe’s offer was confirmed by Ambassador Chihombori-Quao at the African Trade Fair in Cairo, Egypt.

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“I met His Excellency President Mnangagwa recently and he offered us 2000 hectares for the regional Wakanda One Village in Victoria Falls. The offer comes after the Zambian Government has also offered some land across the river in Livingstone. We are looking at building the village transcending the borders of the two countries,” she disclosed in an interview.

The Wakanda One Village in Zimbabwe and Zambia will serve as the first of the project in the Southern African region and will comprise a 100-bed teaching hospital, a university and technical college, primary and secondary schools, day-care centres, three five-star hotels, game lodge, pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, agricultural farms and parks.

The infrastructure will also include a shopping centre, commercial office buildings, renewable power plants, a monorail around the complex and roads ready to support self-driving electric cars, reports Sydney Kawadza.

The project targets Africans in the diaspora who want to help build the continent to the level they want it to be, Ambassador Chihombori-Quao said earlier this year.

“You know, when you talk about a ‘good Africa’ or returning home, many people say ‘Well, [Africa] is not what I’m used to,’ and to that I always tell them, ‘Then build the home you want,” she said at the launch of the African Diaspora Global Bank.

“We don’t even realize we are on autopilot waiting for the White man to build this ‘civilization’ for us. So we are taking our destiny into our own hands and creating something built for and by the people of the African diaspora,” she added.

The African Union said it will first sensitize the Diaspora before forming an investment board from all the regions of Africa headquartered in Washington DC to manage the fund and decide on the value of shares and conversion factors.

“The establishment of an Investment Board should lead to the opening up of the African Diaspora Savings and Investment Accounts in the four banks. We will also encourage African Diaspora to open individual accounts with a minimum deposit of US$10 a month while the board will decide on the transition to a credit union,” Dr Chihombori-Quao said.

“We are looking at raising at least US$2 billion in the next two years with the first ground breaking set for the end of the year 2020 … We are going to build the Africa that we want,so those Diasporans who say I cannot go home because home is not what I am used to will make it what they want,” she added.

Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao also revealed that Kenya and Tanzania have also pledged land for East Africa’s Wakanda One Village project.

Facts you Must Know About Green Building

Construction, maintenance and use of Green Building have significant impact on environment. People’s concern about environment and energy has necessitated the development of the concept of green building. A green building is broadly denied as the building which is sited, designed and operated to reduce negative environmental and has profound positive impact on natural environment, economy, health, productivity and society over its life cycle.

Green building at present constitutes about 5 per cent of the building market. The green building is evaluated by holistic approach where each component is considered in context of the whole building and its social and environmental impacts. The important components of green building are as under:

Materials, Energy, Water, Health.


The materials to be used in the green building should be ecofriendly. These should be obtained from local renewable resources with minimum embodied energy and should be causing minimum waste during its use. These should be recyclable. Such materials will reduce green house gas emissions.
Green buildings use reclaimed materials i.e., use of materials which have been used in previous buildings. Materials such as bricks, doors, windows, frames etc. can be used for another purpose depending on the size and strength, in the new building. This reduces the embodied energy and reduces environmental impacts.
Some toxic materials are used along with the construction materials. Paints for example used as coating material consist of pigments (heavy metals like cadmium, lead and chromium used in pigments), petrochemicals and solvents, benzene, formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are used as binder (to hold the paint) and carrier (to disperse the binder). Some preservatives, thickners, thinners, and driers are also used. These toxic chemicals cause indoor pollution and are harmful to human health. These should be replaced by eco-friendly natural products.



The green buildings conform to energy efficient guidelines. Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) norms launched on 28 June 2007 apply to all commercial buildings that are constructed in India and have electric connected load of 500 kW or more. ECBC provides design for natural and electrical system for reduction in energy use, 40–60% less energy than baseline building. Solar panels can meet the hot water requirements and efficient lighting. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) can reduce the electricity requirements. Natural day light reduces electricity requirement during day time. Heating and cooling costs of such buildings can be reduced by passive solar designs. Use of insulating materials and glass windows play a major role in such designs. Low E glazed windows should be used.
The energy performance rating of windows, doors and skylights is done in terms of potential for gaining and loosing heat and transmitting sunlight into the building.The non-solar heat flow conducted through a window, door or sunlight is measured in terms of u factor which is reciprocal to their energy efficiency (i.e., lower the u-factor more is the energy efficiency). Insulation for heat is an important factor for energy efficient building. Traditional mud houses (consisting of soil mixed with water and straw) are generally found in the villages and this cob technique is also being used in modern construction to have stronger and
thinner walls which provide insulation for heat and noise. During day time the material absorbs heat and the outer exposed side keeps the inside cool while during night time it radiates the absorbed heat to the interior. Stone bricks are also used in buildings which have less embodied energy than bricks from brick kilns although
quarrying of stone has environmental impacts. Natural materials like lime, gypsum, clay etc. can be used for making strong and breathable
walls. A green building can have green roof system. E-rated reflective roof coating will reduce roof heating.

In an attempt to use renewable resources in ecofriendly buildings, the traditional biomass roo􀃒ng (i.e., thatch and wood tiles made from local renewable source) is preferred which forms a biodegradable, appealing and durable roofing. The roof can provide natural substrate and processes for plant growth. A water proof layer (material for water retention) and proper drainage helps plant growth and at the same time protects the roof and building from damage. For green roofs small
plants with 􀃒brous roots and low water requirements are best suited.

Green roof has the following advantages:

Absorbs atmospheric CO2

Improves energy efficiency.

Causes cooling in summer and provides insulation in winter.

Absorbs noxious pollutants, sound and noise from atmosphere.

Absorbs rainwater which may otherwise flood the sewer lines.

Preserves biodiversity, attracts butterfies, bees and local birds.

Improves aesthetics of the building.

Reducing energy consumption and saving energy will reduce fossil fuel consumption and thereby reduce the threat of global climate change. In green building the use of eco-friendly construction material with low embodied energy helps in reducing carbon emission. This is an important consideration as the building sector
contributes a substantial percentage of green house gases. Carbon emission can further be reduced by reducing energy consumption for heating, cooling and lighting and use of energy efficient gadgets. Reduction in energy consumption in green building will not only reduce global warming and pollution but will also
provide financial savings as the cost of fast depleting fuel will increase in near future.


Water requirement in the green building is minimised. Water is used efficiently by employing water efficient appliances like low flush toilets, waterless urinals etc. The waste water is treated and used for gardening and 􀃓ushing by the use of double plumbing system. Permeable pavements and rainwater harvesting technology help in recharging groundwater.


Indoor pollution is harmful to the health of residents. People who spend their time indoors with less ventilation get exposed to toxic materials, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints, solvents, plastics and also mites, moulds, spores, microbes, and many other indoor pollutants. They su􀃗er from various types of diseases like asthma, headache, palpitation and chronic fatigue, nausea, eye irritation, skin disorders, liver and kidney damage and even cancer.
Green building provides sufficient air circulation and the stale air is replaced by fresh one. The non toxic materials and breathable walls help maintain good indoor air quality. Non-toxic materials like lead free paints i.e., water soluble, natural or organic paints are used. Green buildings with proper ventilation for air circulation are good for health and well being. Natural day light while reduces electricity requirements, also improves productivity e.g., students studying in day light classrooms are known to perform better (20–26% better) than those studying with least day light. Buildings are evaluated on the basis of a number of parameters of environmental importance. Different ratings are given to such green buildings. “Platinum rating” is the highest rating for green buildings. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) standards have been developed by USA and many countries have adopted by amending these suitably. A completed building may be rated with different levels as LEED certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute) have developed rating systems for newly constructed buildings. IGBC has set up LEED India NC (LEED India Green Building Rating System for New Commercial Construction and Major Renovations) and TERI has its system called GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment). The classification levels are as under:

Level Points

Certified 26 to 32

Silver 33 to 38

Gold 39 to 51

Platinum 52 or more

Recently in 2009, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), taken off from Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) of 2007, has started rating office buildings on the basis of their energy consumption in kWh/sq. m./year over a minimum period of one year. The scheme is voluntary and buildings at least one year old are rated on the basis of power consumption, from “one to live” in increasing order of the efficient building. Cities falling in three climatic zones namely, Composite (like Delhi), Hot and Dry (like Jaipur and Ahmedabad) and Hot and Humid (like Mumbai and Chennai) will be assessed on separate assessment parameters.

Source: Online Civil Forum

2019:10 problems of AFFORDABLE Housing and possible solutions

10 Problems of Housing in Nigeria:

1. Land Use Act

The Land Use Act of 1978 put all land under the management of the government. The decree was to be advantageous for the country and its citizens with regulations to protect public interest as well as create efficiency of land use all over the country.

Purchasing land in Nigeria today without acquiring Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) from the government puts you at a disadvantage since the land is not really yours.

This prevents access to loans or funding to develop such property. Asides the high cost of land acquisition, the cost of acquiring Certificate of Occupancy and the process involved seems to be very cumbersome and this poses a problem for housing development by individuals or real estate developers.

Basic facilities such as good road networks, water supply, electricity, drainage systems, rail tracks and tunnels are still lacking in many areas in Nigeria.

These are infrastructure that if improved on and installed where they are lacking will greatly ameliorate the living conditions of the people and bring about better housing situations.

The process of documentation and property registration takes too long. This makes people cut corners and when due process is not followed, it becomes a problem to housing development.

2. Lack of Infrastructure

Basic facilities such as good road networks, water supply, electricity, drainage systems, rail tracks and tunnels are still lacking in many areas in Nigeria. These are infrastructure that if improved on and installed where they are lacking will greatly ameliorate the living conditions of the people and bring about better housing situations.

3. Documentation Process

The process of documentation and property registration takes too long. This makes people cut corners and when due process is not followed, it becomes a problem to housing development.

There is also the problem of harassment from community boys during property development; a problem that can be eliminated if the main documentation process is adequately pursued.

4. High Cost of Building Material

The high cost of building materials and how it affects property development cannot be overstated. Most building materials are imported leading to their high cost.

The more expensive these materials, the harder it is for low income earners to purchase them. This translates to incomplete structures, substandard houses and high cost of rent which are all contributing factors to the housing problems faced in Nigeria.

5. Shortcoming of Mortgage Institutions

There is a limited number of mortgage institutions in Nigeria. The ones that do exist compared to their overseas counterparts are still lagging behind.. Shortcoming of Mortgage Institutions

6. Rural-Urban Migration/Urbanization

This is the movement of people from rural areas to urban centres causing population explosion in such areas. Over the years, there has been rapid urbanization in Nigeria. This has led to people settling in very unsanitary environments.

These are scenes from present day Lagos, a region in Nigeria that has been a major recipient of rural-urban migrants.

7. Poor Quality Houses

This can be easily traced to high cost of building materials, inadequacy to satisfy the increasing demand for houses, lack of planning, difficulty to secure mortgage loans and a host of other reasons. The result of all these are the poor quality houses obtainable around the country.

8. Dilapidated Conditions of Houses

Rent is constantly on the increase in Nigeria. Tenant landlord relationships get sour when this happens as the house owners attribute the increase to high cost of building materials and maintenance of property. Such maintenance hardly ever occurs leading to dilapidated condition of the houses.

9. Inadequate Implementation of Planning  Policies

Institutions charged with development plans in Nigeria are falling short in many ways. Even where these plans exist as regards housing, they are too focused on urban development while the rural areas are neglected.

Generally, there is a lack in rural and urban development plans as well as a great implementation deficiency which is a major cause of housing problem in Nigeria.

10. Lack of Enlightment

The root cause of this problem cuts across the professionals in the housing sector, the agencies involved in housing and the common man on the street.

Given the terrible state of housing in Nigeria, there is a dire need for the professionals like architects, civil engineers, land surveyors, mechanical engineers and the lot to orient the masses on issues of housing.

Organisations like the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) or better still, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing should enlighten people on how best to develop their property as ignorance is also a contributing factor to housing problems in Nigeria.

The problem of housing should be of concern to a government that prioritizes the welfare her citizens and as such, seek to solve them.

Solutions to Housing Problems in Nigeria

1. Research institutes should be encouraged to exploit local raw materials and produce alternative building materials from them.
2. Critical review of rural and urban housing policies should be carried out by the appropriate agencies.
3. The national development plan of Nigeria should thoroughly take housing problems in the country into consideration and give provision of habitable accommodation to citizens its rightful place.
4. Development of rural areas to reduce rural-urban migration.
5. The government should partner with cooperative societies and real estate developers to provide housing infrastructure.
6. The federal government should ensure that the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Federal Mortgage Finance Limited (FMF), Urban Development Bank (UDB), and all other relevant agencies perform their roles effectively.

7. The government should also make the process of registration and documentation of property less bureaucratic. Getting approval for building plans and acquiring Certificate of occupancy should be made easier for legit property owners.

8. Provision of social amenities such as electricity, good road networks, proper drainage systems and the likes will go a long way to ease housing development in areas where these are lacking. It will also help decongest populated cities.

According to the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, a minimum of an additional one million housing units per annum is required to reduce the national deficit of about 17 million housing units if a housing crisis is to be prevented by year 2020.

There is a housing crisis already and these solutions will not only affect housing delivery positively, but will also yield national benefits.

Implementation of these solutions to housing problems will result in job creation, infrastructure development throughout the country, better living conditions, improved health, increased GDP, new market for locally made building materials and generally, national development.

State governments should obey the urban planning law— NITP

Over 90 per cent of the cities in Nigeria lack a proper master plan and most of them were developed without any such plan, the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners has said.

According to the institute, state governments do not abide by the provisions of the Urban Regional Planning Law, a development that resulted in unplanned state capitals.

The NITP Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Chapter, Garba Jibril, described this as a challenge to town planners across the country and encouraged state governments to obey the urban planning law.

Jibril, who spoke to our correspondent in Abuja after he was sworn in as the new chairman of the institute, said, “The challenge we have is that in other cities outside Abuja, in fact, in the whole of Nigeria, we have less than 10 per cent of Nigerian cities that have master plan. They lack proper guidance for the implementation of physical planning development.

“We have less than 10 per cent of them that have a master plan and that is a major challenge for us. Most of the state capitals don’t abide by the provisions of the Urban Regional Planning Law. They give no regard to this law and this is unfortunate.”

He added, “Most of the politicians in these states have no regard for that law. They don’t involve planners in the development of their states. So also the followers; people just buy land and start developing it without following due process and this is why we have challenges such as flooding.”

When asked whether the situation could be corrected, Jibril replied, “Yes it can, but there has to be a strong political will to make this happen. We are making effort and that is why the national body of the NITP organises three national workshops in three geopolitical zones.

“We visit state governors, enlighten them on why they have to plan and invite them to our programmes, as well as look at contemporary issues within the region and see how to address them for better development.”

Jibril described the institute as a training ground and research centre for all professionals who practise town planning in Nigeria.

He further noted that the improper construction of houses in cities across the country had been an issue of concern to town planners.

“This is because town planning is all about ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in people’s ways of life in relation to their places of living, places of work, educational, health and other activities. This is a major concern to town planners,” he said.

Jibril noted that the institute was working hard to address the issues, adding that the NITP was liaising with all the directors in charge of town planning, particularly in the FCT, to check the improper construction of buildings.

He, however, stated that the institute could not force people to stop the improper erection of structures, rather it would continue to educate citizens on how to properly plan their cities.

ACAN endorses CDK tiles, porcelain

The Association of Consulting Architects of Nigeria (ACAN), has endorsed porcelain tiles and ceramic sanitary ware from the stable of CDK Integrated Industries Limited.

At the endorsement, which came during ACAN pre-AGM dinner, hosted by CDK Industries, ACAN President, Mansur Ahmadu, an architect, commended the firm for its investment in the tile and sanitary wares industry.

“As Architects, it is always good that we are furnished with relevant information that enables us make the best decision as project managers and the information that CDK is sharing about the world class quality of their “Made-in-Nigeria” porcelain tiles and sanitary wares is coming at the right time,” Ahmadu said, adding that ACAN will continue to propagate the message of CDK’s world class quality “Made in Nigeria” porcelain tiles and sanitary wares, which he noted, as a suitable replacement for imported tiles and sanitary wares.

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Speaking, CDK Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Longe, said it has always been the desire of CDK industries promoters that the firm differentiates itself from the competition by producing porcelain tiles and sanitary ware of export quality.

Expressing satisfaction with the quality produced by the firm, he warned the public to be aware of substandard tiles in the market. “CDK is aware that a few unscrupulous local producers are producing ceramic white body tiles, but are mislabeling same on their packaging and passing them off as “Porcelain,” Longe said.

The CEO, who revealed that porcelain tiles are more expensive to manufacture than ceramic tiles and are, therefore, priced much higher, listed some of the advantages of porcelain tiles over ceramic tiles to include: porcelain tiles being harder than ceramic and more suitable for external use and high traffic areas; more resistant to cracks or failure when not installed over solid concrete floor, e.g. wooden tongue and groove floor; porcelain’s low moisture absorption of not more than 0.5 per cent makes it more resistant to extremes of weather.

Importantly, he noted that while all tiles can be used for walls, porcelain tiles are made for floors, but more suitable for bathroom and kitchen walls and externally for wall cladding because of its low moisture absorption attributes. This is aside the fact that it can be used for other walls depending on preference.

“CDK tiles and sanitary wares manufacturing processes are fully automated, using state-of-the-art machinery, complemented by very highly experienced and committed production team. We have fully digital printers, which means that in addition to our regular models and designs, we can produce any customised designs of customer’s choice as well as modifying tile attributes to address specific needs and usages such as specially enhanced surfaces for very high traffic areas such as malls, banking halls, hotels, factory floors etc., and where the intended usage so requires, enhanced slip resistance, extra thickness etc,” Longe explained.

Source: The Nation


FHF, NMRC to engage Echostone in the Provision of 100,000 Housing Units

Hope for timely delivery of houses in the country received a boost last Tuesday, as a property development firm, EchoStone Nigeria Limited, delivered the first house from its stable in 14 days.

The firm, which introduced a revolutionary measure that facilitates speedy delivery of houses in the country, used the occasion to prove that its building technology is indeed, the needed solution in tackling housing deficit being experienced in the country.

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At a ribbon cutting ceremony at the premises of the Lagos State Vocational Education Centre compound in Agidingbi, Ikeja, where a building is located, the  Commissioner for Housing, Gbolahan Lawal, praised the firm describing, it as “Echostone represent technology at its best”. He said the building, which was built in 14 days, is a proof that when technology is deployed, development is faster.

“It is satisfying to know that a 64-square-meter house can be completed from the scratch in just 14 days. Echostone is fired up to do more because of the response they have received from government. They have the funding and technological know-how to help us greatly in tackling the deficit in the state,” Lawal said.

The Commissioner, who appealed for trust for the firm from the public, assured Echostone that the capital investment it has brought into the state would yield good return-on-investment for them. He disclosed that Lagos State was already discussing with the developer to work out the modality of deploying the same technology in assisting the state in constructing compact storey buildings, as this is the way to go to accommodate Lagosians.

“We want to build compact storey buildings. We are in discussion with echostone and they have assured us that it is doable,” Lawal said.

To the Chief Executive Officer and co Founder, Echostone, Anthony Rechhia, the delivery of the building in 14 days and handing over of the keys to LAwal, is a feat that many thought would be impossible. “So, we have made the impossible possible in just 14 days,” he said.

EchoStone Co-Founder and President, Business Development, Mr. Ander Lindquist, remarked that it was a promise kept for the firm, adding that the firm looked forward to building more houses both in the state and the country.

In similar vein, Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) Managing Director, Mr. Kehinde Ogundimu, said the company was set to remove the barrier to home ownership and provide liquidity for achieving the goal. Besides, he said the NMRC was determined to make affordable accommodation a reality, especially in Lagos State, where the demand acutely falls below supply.

‘Beyond engaging EchoStone, efforts by the state, the Ibile Holdings, Lagos Homes Developers, through Public Private Participation (PPP), the involvement of the NMRC to ensure that mortgage will be made available for those who needed it to buy houses will be fully supported,” Ogundimu said, adding that EchoStone technology is a much needed solution to the housing deficit in Lagos State in particular, and Nigeria as a whole. These problems, he noted, will never be solved if we continue to build in the traditional way of one block at a time.

Families Home Fund Managing Director, Mr. Femi Adewole, declared that the body will engage Messrs EchoStone Nigeria, in the provision of 100,000 housing units in four years for Lagos residents, with the memorandum already in the pipeline.

“We have a product known as Home Loans Assistance, put in place by the Federal Government’s social intervention to assist Nigerians in getting decent, but affordable accommodation.

“Besides the provision of housing, the scheme will create huge employment opportunities for Nigerian youths. This, we will do in conjunction with the Lagos State government, which has shown an enormous goodwill that attracts the attention of foreign firms such as EchoStone America,” he stated.

Speaking on the completed prototype, official of EchoStone Nigeria, Mr. Sammy Adigun, assured that his firm will meet the housing needs of Lagos residents, with the support of all the relevant stakeholders, without compromising quality


While congratulating the firm for identifying the need for improvement in the building sector and for taking the bold step, Operations Officer, Green Building Lead, Accra, Ghana, of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mr. Dennis Quansah, said Nigeria’s future depends on how it is built today.

He said the building, which is exactly what Echostone will build in the Peridot Parkland Estate, Idale, Badagry, is built green per the standards of IFC’s Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) certification.

“The Peridot Parkland Estate has been designed to achieve the following impressive EDGE ratings; 29 per cent energy savings; 35 percent water savings; 43 per cent less embodied energy in materials. The savings will ensure that the utility bills for these housing units will be minimised and contribute to a reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions,” Quansah said.

He revealed that green buildings are not only a challenge that all must overcome together, because IFC believes there are available solutions it can provide to policy makers. Together, he said, IFC and policy makers can create an investment opportunity for developers, financial institutions, and home buyers or commercial buyers or renters.

Echostone, it will be recalled, announced a fortnight ago that it was deploying an innovative technology which allows for rapid and scalable construction in the construction of a 250 units of two-bedroom detached bungalows in Idale, Badagry. The estate will be fitted with state-of-the-art facilities and comes at N9 million per unit. In all, it plans a construction of 2,000 housing units in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state- Ayobo in Alimosho and Imota in Ikorodu.

Source: Muyiwa Lucas

Minister: only 35% of infrastructure developed in Abuja

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammed Bello has revealed that only 35% of Abuja’s infrastructure has been developed.

Bello said that the FCT was projected with a 3.1 million population when fully built within a projected 25-year-period.

He added that the capital city is the fourth largest in the country and one of the fastest growing in Africa with over 2.75 million population squeezed within just two phases of the planned five phases.

Speaking at the commemoration of the movement of seat of government from Lagos to Abuja, he said that it has been 42 years since its creation and 27 years after the movement from Lagos.

The Minister who was represented by Executive Secretary, FCDA, Mr Umar Gambo Jibrin, urged everyone to see Abuja as a national heritage.

He said, “42 years since its creation and 27 years after the movement from Lagos, Abuja indeed, has come of age. It has surpassed Logos as the destination for foreign direct investments. It has become a major aviation and conference hub for West Africa. We have also inaugurated a modern light rail transport system that is the first of its kind in the sub-region and FCT, indeed, has become the melting pot of Nigeria that it was conceived to be.

“However, the city’s demographic expansion has proceeded beyond the protected growth plan when the city was founded. FCT was projected for 3.1 million population when fully built within a projected 25 years period.

“I urge all of us to see Abuja as our national heritage and join hands to protect it. This is because so much hes been invested in the building of the new capital -infrastructure, public utilities, institutions etc. Today, however, we are confronted with a new set of challenges, namely; vandalism of public utilities like manhole covers, bridge railings, transformers and streetlight poles and components, transformers as well as plain acts of sabotage and disobedience to rules that make for orderly living.”

Executive Head, Editorial Board, The Guardian newspaper, Mr Martins Oloja who was the keynote speaker of the occasion, stated that Abuja has been an orphan of some sort.

He said, “Abuja has been an orphan of some sort perhaps because of near absence of democracy in its governance processes. All the 36 states’ governors are elected but the ‘militicians’ who gave us this constitution made Abuja just a part of the Office of the President, no thanks to Sections 299-302 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Even the original inhabitants, who have been agonising without organising well about unfulfilled promises since 1976, could not remember Abuja @ 40 and I said so in February 2016.”

Source: Grace Obike

Cargotecture can bridge housing deficit in Lagos- Agusto & co

Agusto & Co. Limited, the foremost Pan African Credit Rating Agency and one of the leading providers of industry research, in its 2018 real estate (Lagos Residential) industry report suggested Cargotecture innovations for solving housing problems in the state.

“Going forward, Agusto & Co. believes that Cargotecture innovations in housing may be a solution to the rising housing deficit in Lagos, especially for low-income residential real estates, as this solution combines low cost, speed and environmental friendliness,” it said in the report.

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Cargotecture or shipping container architecture is a form of architecture using steel intermodal containers (shipping containers) as structural element. It is also referred to as a portmanteau of cargo with architecture, or ‘arkitainer’.

Data obtained from Agust & Co revealed that Lagos government requires about N3.5 trillion to deliver one million housing units annually in line with the government’s desire.

If the state’s 2018 budget for capital expenditure is fully devoted for housing, it will only be able to cover less than 10 percent of its annual housing requirement. Thus, an estimated 19 years of similar expenditure will be required to bridge the current housing deficit, estimated at 3million units.

Lagos population in 1871 stood at 28,000 and grew to about 252,000 in the 1970’s. Today, Lagos population is about 20 million and it is the most populous city in Africa—almost same size as the population of Ghana.

BusinessDay survey reveals that the use of containers as building material has grown in popularity in other parts of the world due to their inherent strength, wide availability, and relatively low expense.

But in Nigeria, it is not an initiative that is well known or frequently used as a means of constructing   housing project.

Tempohousing Nigeria (THN), one of the real estate firms that uses cargotecture, while addressing misgivings of Nigerians on houses not done with bricks, said one of the biggest hurdles they have with alternative building methods is education and knowledge about cargotecture.

“What we hear is, this is container; going forward we intend to educate people and let them see what the so called container actually looks and feels like, and once you enter you realize that it even looks better than a normal building. It’s easier to control, not using cement, no cracks and all that. It’s just about education and doing things that people can walk in and see,” Tempohousing Nigeria said in statement.

Agust & Co’s survey of the residential real estate market in Lagos reveals that, as at the end of March 2018, Yaba had the highest rental yields in the mid-income residential segment, thus showing steady appreciation in rental yields.

Whereas Apapa (degraded by major traffic gridlock caused by indiscriminate parking of trucks on major roads) had the lowest annual rental yield of 3.1percent as at end of March 2018, evidencing weak demand for residential housing as well as decline in real estate values.

Agust & Co expects continued improvements in the near term regarding new residential real estate developments mainly in the mid-income segment as well as mixed-use developments.

“We believe developers will start construction of some erstwhile abandoned residential projects and new developments especially in the mixed-use segment,” it said in its 2018 report.

The report by the rating agency provides information on the Lagos residential Real Estate Market (‘the Industry’) and covers the following:  overview, size and structure of the Nigerian real estate industry and that of  Lagos residential Real Estate Industry.



Surveyors decry rising number of fake survey plans

The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors says the rising number of fake survey plans in circulation has become worrisome.

The Chairman, Lagos State branch of the institution, Mr Adeleke Adeshina, attributed the high number of fake survey plans in existence to activities of quacks who avoid recording copies with relevant government agencies.

he said the number would reduce if people stopped indulging in backdating of survey plans and quit patronising fake and unregistered surveyors.

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Adeshina made this known at a town hall meeting at the palace of the Elejinrin of Ejinrin Land, Ishola Balogun in Ikosi Ejinrin, Lagos as part of activities marking the NIS Lagos Annual General Meeting.

he said, “It is very important for members of the public to desist from patronising touts and impostors who would assure them of helping to backdate survey plans and other land documents.

“Apart from the fact that such move is against the law establishing the institution, no registered member of the association will ever promise to do such, as it is against the law and ethics of the profession.”

The immediate past Chairman of NIS Lagos branch, Gbenga Alara, said backdating copies of survey plans had been the most controversial issue in surveying in recent times.

According to him a surveyor must obtain a consent plan before they can embark on a survey job and also get permit for the record copy as well as apply for the pillar number and place, before an authentic survey plan can be produced.

“A fake surveyor would never undertake all these tasks,” he said

In his response, Balogun described the surveying profession as noble and very important in the society.

he said he would help to educate and enlighten his subjects, and urged the public to always support professionals trained to deliver on the job.

Source: Maureen Ihu-Maduenyi

Rwanda Partners UK-Based Company To Launch Off-grid Rural Home Concept

Rwanda in partnership with a UK-based solar-power venture company has launched its 2020 solar-powered off-grid home concept in Rwanda. The Rural Home has a 50 W photovoltaic panel mounted on the roof and can be bought on a three-year payment plan.

The home was created by using sustainable building materials and design.The design caters for clean, affordable, reliable energy and is part of a pay-as-you-go solar energy system designed for households and micro businesses.

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The design also includes additional services, such as affordable Internet services with Internet-enabled devices, liquid petroleum gas stoves and canisters, as well as biogas, which are also available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The rural home design is part of Rwanda’s vision on how new technologies can address needs, transform the lives of off-grid communities and power growth in rural communities.

“Tomorrow’s Rural Home captures the aspiration of off-grid communities who want affordable utilities to improve their quality of life,” says Mansoor Hamayun, CEO of UK-based solar-power company, Bboxx.

Additionally, a cloud-based task management platform helps distributed-service companies, including Bboxx, to manage customer service, predict when product maintenance will be required before faults occur and assist customers with upgrades as their needs grow or change.

“Each unit connects remotely to our central database to support automatic switch-off, predict repairs and assist

Upgrades,” Hamayun explains.

“The rural home reflects our strategy to broaden from being a provider of solar home systems to a multi-utility company, transforming the lives of underserved households in the developing world. Our vision is to deliver a range of utility services.”



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