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Bamboo is the Best Alternative to Steel Reinforcement

Developing countries have the highest demand for steel-reinforced concrete, but often do not have the means to produce the steel to meet that demand.  Rather than put themselves at the mercy of a global MARKET dominated by developed countries, Singapore’s Future Cities Laboratory suggests an alternative to this manufactured rarity: bamboo.
Abundant, sustainable, and extremely resilient, bamboo has potential in the future to become an ideal replacement in places where steel cannot easily be produced.
In trials of tensile strength, bamboo outperforms most other materials, reinforcement steel included.  It achieves this strength through its hollow, tubular structure, evolved over millennia to resist wind forces in its natural habitat.  This lightweight structure also makes it easy to harvest and transport.
Due to its incredibly rapid growth cycle and the variety of areas in which it is able to grow, bamboo is also extremely cheap.  Such rapid growth plant growth requires the grass to absorb large quantities of CO2, meaning that its cultivation as a building material would help reduce the rate of climate change. These factors alone are incentive for INVESTMENT in developing bamboo as reinforcement.
Indeed, despite these benefits, there is still work to do in overcoming bamboo’s limitations. Contraction and expansion is one such limitation, caused by both temperature changes and water absorption.
The grass is also susceptible to structural weakness caused by fungus and simple biodegradation.  Ironically, many of the countries that would benefit from bamboo reinforcement also lack the resources to develop it as a viable alternative to the steel on which they currently rely.
The Future Cities Laboratory is currently conducting research to determine the full gamut of applications that bamboo has as a construction material.  Their experimentation in this field has earned them a Zumtobel Group Award
Source: engineering-society.com

Optimism As Shelter Afrique Revive Housing Project

A multi-million dollar housing project that has stalled for nearly two years has been revived, sparking optimism of providing 14,000 Rwandans with decent accommodation.

The project, which was initially supposed to see the construction of more than 2,000 housing units in Rwanda, was initiated by Shelter Afrique.

It was supposed to be implemented within three years. However, two years down the road there hasn’t been any single housing unit that has been built. Now the parties involved in the deal disclosed that they are committed to reviving the project.

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This comes after the parties met with Rwanda’s Minister for Infrastructure, Claver Gatete, to come up with a clear plan of starting full implementation of the project.

Andrew Chimphondah, the Director General of Shelter Afrique, which finances housing and infrastructural projects in Africa, told said that the delays were caused by company’s internal re-organisation exercise.

“Now that we have completed that re-organisation process, we are open for business, and part of that business is to implement this huge public-private partnership project,” he said in an exclusive interview.

However, Rutabana attributed the delay to, among other things, the expropriation process which took longer than expected albeit admitting that a lot could have been done better. Chimphondah said they have agreed with government on the way forward.Construction activities are expected to start early next year.

Under the project, known as Rugarama Park Estate, Shelter Afrique and BRD plan to build about 2,800 affordable houses on a-42-hectares piece of land in Nyamirambo Sector, Nyarugenge District.

The project is a public-private partnership that involves more than the two parties. The City of Kigali and Rwanda Housing Authority are also among the partners.

The City of Kigali had provided land, which according to Rutabana, required a lot of work to expropriate people. He said that the work is done, and that the land is now available for development.

Previously, the total budget of the entire housing project was estimated to be at $131 million. Moreover, Rutabana explained that the design of the project was revised and two different developers contracted to work on different pieces of land.

“We split the land into two pieces with one of the developers taking 30 hectares while the rest will take 12 hectares. The 30 hectares has a budget of about $60 million and we haven’t finalised the design with the second developer,” he noted.

The project is expected to accommodate 14,000 people as well as create hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs.

While many people still believe that the so-called affordable houses are not currently affordable, Rutabana said that the houses being built will be cost effective with most of the planned houses expected to cost around Rwf15 million. He said the maximum cost of the more advanced houses will be well below Rwf32 million.

Shelter Afrique has 44 African states, African Development Bank, and Nigeria’s African Re-insurance Corporation as its shareholders. Rwanda is one of the shareholders.

The firm says it has so far invested $30 million with the main beneficiaries being BRD, Bank of Kigali and private developers. Most of this investment is through lines of credit.

 

Botswana complete $37 Million Housing Development Project

Botswana Housing Corporation(BHC)has announced that the Tsholofelo Housing Development Project in Botswana that cost US $37m is complete with 372 houses already put up for sale.

BHC CEO Reginald Motswaiso who confirmed the completion of the project, said the project came about as a housing development scheme that will bridge the gap between Batswana who are the beneficiaries from the government administered Self Help Housing Agency (SHAA) and those who afford the BHC housing initiatives.

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The US $37m project was conceptualized in 2009 under a loan that would be payable in 15 years. Each house costs US $ 41,000 inclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT).  The youth will only pay 50 per cent of the administration fee.

The 372 Housing Development Project was built on government procured land and divided into four construction contracts namely Engi-Con (Pty) Ltd, T&T Painters and Decorators, Ossy and Sons and Bharon Construction. They were contracted at a sum of US $6m, US $2m, US $2m and US 2$m respectively.

Initially the government intended to build 1000 houses but due to budget constraints, the plan could not progress. Motswaiso confirmed that houses will only be sold in cash and not in installment purchase scheme as earlier proposed

The CEO further added that a third of the houses are set aside mostly for the youth aged 18 to 35, while the rest of the houses are open to first time Botswana home buyers regardless of their age and income bracket. This according to Reginald Motswaiso will  bridge the gap between Botswana’s who can afford BHC housing initiative and beneficiaries from the Self Help Housing Agency (SHAA).

Other government housing projects include SHHA Home Improvement and SHHA Turnkey. SHHA Home Improvement’s main objective is to provide funding renovation of an existing house or completion of an existing house or an unfinished structure. SHHA Turnkey involves the design and construction of basic core houses for eligible low income households where beneficiaries pay US $35 per month at no interest for 20 years

Updated: South East governors meet Buhari, seek faster action on infrastructure

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Governors of the South East on Wednesday meet with President Muhammmadu Buhari , with a request on the President to help fast tract infrastructure development in the region.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Governor Dave Umahi called on the President to fast tract action on the 2nd Niger bridge by paying 50% of the cost of construction and secure the balance 50% in bond

“We have come to ask Mr. President to see if there any way governance can pay 50% of the total sum and secure the other 50% in bond so that we can sleep with our two eyes closed and be assured that the job will not be abandoned. We also pleaded that the construction period be reduced from 42 to 24 months so that, knowing the pedigree of Julius Berger”

President Buhari had earlier announced the award of the 2nd Niger bridge to Julius Berger in the sum of N206b, while N7b has been paid as mobilization fee.

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The Governors also pleaded with the President to prevail on the contractors to fast tract the construction period by reducing it from 42 to 24 months so that the job can be completed on time.

The Governors also pleaded with the President to commission the Enyiimba, Aba free zone project as well as the extension of the gas supply project to the region.

“We talked about the Enugu International airport and pleaded that he deploy the cargoes section of the airport. They need to rebuild the run way the lights are not functioning at all and we feel government need to do something about the,.

“We reminded him that the slow pace of the Enugu to Port harcourt road was due to the rains. Now that the rains are over, the contractors are complaining about low funding. So we reminded him to release more funds so that the work can move faster.

They also pleaded with President over Geometric Power Plant in Aba, to assist in resolving the issues around the plant so that the plant can be deployed to provide power to the industrial clusters of Aba and the environs.

“We also reminded him that the Enugu state government has done a lot in relocation of major infrastructure obstructing the smooth operation of flights and we requested that federal government take over the compensation of affected lands so that the airport can be extended.

“We demanded that gas distribution be linked to the five south east states and the industrial clusters so as to boost economic activities in the area.

“We also pleaded with the Federal government to award rail lines just as they are do8ng on the western corridor.

“We requested that the contract be awarded to cover port harcourt to Aba, Ebonyi, the Enugu and then to Maiduguri , so that we can benefit from these projects

Umahi noted that the President assured the Governors that he is going to look into the issues
“ Of course on the railway, we were given a cheering news that not only that the railway will be awarded that it will touch all states capitals in south east and it will also touch most of other state capitals as it move from south east to Maiduguri.

“ There will also be a port that will be added to it and it will cost about $12 billion. He said they are yet to bring it to federal executive council meeting, so they intend to do so and of course with the borrowing plan being approved by the senate, they are going to fastrack the issue of construction in the south east” he said

Speaking on behalf of the federal government, the Secretary to the goof the federation, Boss Mustapha, said the President has promised to ensure that all the projects receive prompt attention.

Mustapha also called on people of the South East to support the President’s re-election bid as such votes will motivate the President to attract more projects to the region in 2019.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and Governors Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, and Deputy Governor of Anambra, Nkomo Okeke,

On the government team were the Secretary to the government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Public Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnanya Onu, Minister Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelama, as well as Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.

Source: Tony Ailemen

Eagle Hills set to develop massive project in Ethiopia

In a sign of confidence in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Abu Dhabi developer Eagle Hills has revealed plans for a large mixed-use downtown development, featuring hospitality, retail, commercial and leisure elements, and more than 4,000 residences.

Set to cover 360,000 square metres in the city centre, on the former site of the capital’s central train station, La Gare, from which the scheme takes its name, the development is the first foray into Ethiopia for Eagle Hills, established in 2014.

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In its press release press release yesterday, Eagle Hills said the scheme, described as “a secure and exclusive setting surrounding a park”, had the “patronage” of Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, whose government would aim to develop a social housing component in the masterplan to accommodate residents now living on the site.

The developer said the project “consolidates Eagle Hills’ mission of developing integrated communities in emerging markets”.

Ethiopia has been rapidly developing its transport infrastructure, with last year’s opening of a railway to the port in neighbouring Djibouti.

It has been expanding its industrial base equally fast, with a slew of new industrial parks announced this year, predominantly developed by Chinese entities, but lately also by Turkish investors.

Anticipating an influx of foreign businesses and tourists, Eagle Hills said La Gare would be anchored by four and five-star hotels, supported by retail outlets, offices and residential buildings. La Gare will be a new commercial hub for the city, Eagle Hills said, offering Grade A offices and leasehold commercial property.

“As one of Africa’s hidden gems, Ethiopia is rich in history, culture and natural beauty,” said Eagle Hills chairman Mohamed Alabbar.

“Our vision is to bring attention to such locations across the globe, revealing the charm and potential within them and inviting future residents and tourists to consider making new homes for themselves there.

“In addition to creating a brand-new skyline and city centre, La Gare is set to contribute to the local market by creating jobs, further bolstering market sentiment and energizing the economy.”

SOURCE: global construction review

KONE to equip Global trade centre in Nairobi

KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an order to provide elevators for Global Trade Center Nairobi, a mixed-use high-rise development near the central business district of Nairobi, Kenya.
When completed, the office tower will rise to 185 meters, placing it among the tallest buildings in East Africa.
The skyscraper will serve as the hub for the African operations of AVIC International, the first Chinese company to open headquarters in Kenya.
In addition to the 42-story office tower, the mixed-use complex will include a commercial podium, four residential towers, the tallest of which will rise to 31 stories, and a 35-story luxury hotel property to be operated by JW Marriott Hotels.
KONE will equip the development with high-rise elevators traveling at a maximum speed of 6 meters per second, machine-room-less elevators, and a Destination Control System, which will help optimize elevator efficiency and passenger comfort.
“I am proud that KONE was chosen to equip this pioneering development, which is bound to be of great significance to business in the region,” says Pierre Liautaud, KONE executive vice president for South Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Global Trade Center Nairobi is a project of AVIC International Real Estate Kenya, Ltd. and the main contractor is Zhejiang Chengjian Construction Africa, Ltd.
Triad Architects and GMP International Architects designed the project, which is scheduled for completion in 2020.
SOURCE:constructionreviewonline.com

Why four storey building collapsed in Abuja – Panel

A panel set up by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to investigate the cause of building collapse which took place in Jabi on August 17 has submitted its report.

While submitting the report to the FCT minister on Wednesday, the chairman of the panel and Director-General of Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), Danladi Matawal, said the collapse of the four-storey building was mainly due to ”poor structural and architectural pre-examination before the commencement of building in 2005”.

According to a press statement from the FCTA, the official said the work on the building was abandoned but recommenced in January 2018 ”without any proper revalidation of the building”.

Mr Matawal called for appropriate disciplinary measures against indicted officers.

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He also blamed the developer for unprofessional practices, especially in the commencement of work without adequate and comprehensive documents in place.

“There was a deficiency in the professional capability of the people charged with the responsibility of supervising buildings, from start to finish,” he said.

As a means of checking quackery in the building process, the chairman recommended the use of qualified FCTA’s pool of site officers and engineers at building sites.

The administration had set up a panel of enquiry to unravel both the immediate and remote causes of the building collapse, with a view to stemming future occurrences.

Meanwhile, the FCTA has said it will overhaul its Department of Development Control to strengthen to cope with the ever-increasing building activities in the FCT.

This was made known in the press statement signed by the FCTA chief press secretary, Cosmas Uzodinma.

 

The minister, who was represented at the occasion by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Chinyeaka Ohaa, said the FCTA is on the verge of breathing ”new life into the department to make it function more efficiently and give developers value for their money”.

 

 

 The minister said the FCTA is saddened by the incidents of building collapse in the country despite the calibre, number, and mix of professionals in the building industry in Abuja and other parts of the country.

He said activities of the department will also be decentralised to keep pace with service delivery.

He said the recommendations made by the committee would help to curtail these incidents to the barest minimum.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how activities in Jabi area of Abuja were put on hold when the four-storey building under construction collapsed on August 17.

The building was situated within Jabi/Utako park, directly opposite Panda shopping mall.

SOURCE:PREMIUM TIMES

Benefits of prefabrication and modular building construction

The construction industry is no stranger to volatility. It is commonplace to notice that the industry exceeds the market expectations and prove business analysts wrong during booming phase and nose-dives to its nadir during financial melt-down.

With a view to the ups and downs in the local and international markets, a lot of industries are coming forward to embrace the idea of prefabrication and modular building construction. Thanks to its proven ability to address financial, quality and environment related concerns, this industry stands up to the challenge of growing residential, commercial and industrial needs across the globe.

The unique selling point of Prefabrication and Modular Building Construction, which is reportedly predicted by various reliable sources to grow at CAGR of 6.50% between 2015 and 2020 totaling USD 209 billion by the end of the decade, is minimizing cost and maximizing ROI. Dani Yuliadi, ST. of Bali Prefab, an island-based company creating prefabricated wooden buildings in Bali and shipping them to an increasingly larger circle of satisfied customers worldwide, comments that the tropical climate in Africa is prospective and profitable for the continent more so when it comes to importing the prefabs materials.

Amela Buljubasic, of APEC Smart Steel Structures APEC Smart Steel Structures notes that the technology in prefab homes will rapidly become prevalent worldwide. Modern architecture designs are better suited for prefab homes construction because of the model illumination, and contemporary design that is cost saving.

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The following are some of the advantages of modular building:

Time and cost savings

Time is money and time saved is money saved, an additional income. This is all the more significant in the construction industry where delay in project delivery is the order of the day. According to Wael Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Export Business Unit Manager Icon Construction and development , prefabricated houses is a better solution to the construction industry since it can be  used in more than one project,  be easily rearranged  with different layout designs all according to the client needs, with easy mobiling motion.

“One other merit is that as opposed to permanent built homes prefab homes can be demounted and moved from place to place with ease hence reducing accommodation problems, costs and saving time that might have been wasted in looking for rental houses,” said Mohamed.

In addition, Bertrand Gosset from KLH Massivholz GmbH in Austria says that Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) prefabricated panels take a short period of time to construct, having a dry construction method with quick readiness for occupancy hence saving time and money.

The failure of timely project delivery does not only take a toll on the reputation of the contractors and sub-contractors but also triggers cost over-runs. Aniek Flemmings of Frisomat  in Belgium comments that cold-formed steel prefabs are very easy and fast to assemble. They are very light in weight, which makes them easy to transport, but at the same time offers the same strength and solidity as hot rolled steel.

In addition to generality, the concept of Prefabrication and Modular Building Construction does not give in due to its indoors production feature. It is not at all affected by external factors like changing weather conditions or logistical unavailability as more than 90% of production cycle is completed indoors. It relieves the end users from extra cost and delays.

According to André Lubbe of Modular Homescor Buildings , prefabricated houses are 30% cheaper and quicker to construct than conventional building methods. He further added that the quality materials used and value for money are major aspects that make prefabricated houses unique and popular.

She further added that modular home construction can reduce the overall development cost by up to 40%. The primary challenge in Kenya has been delayed construction due to unexpected cost of construction; homeowners can now be sure that after paying for the products and services there will be no further charges during the construction.

“Modular home system is a low-tech, scalable and affordable building solution to improve and expand social infrastructure. In industrialized countries, a common approach to affordable housing is to prefabricate building components. In many developing countries, however, bad road conditions tend to make that option impracticable and even causes problems for standard brick-and-mortar construction. The bricks may get damaged during transportation from the factory to the construction site. Hence, the need for new, customized solutions that are suitable for developing countries – solutions that are low-cost and adapted to local supply chains”, said Camalynne Botes of Moladi Formwok

Good insulation

According to Julian Dalton of Park Home Modular Units in South Africa, prefab units have good insulation properties and a lifespan of 20 plus years provided they are correctly maintained. They can also be tailored to the customers’ requirements and specification. All finishes and fittings can be designed according to the budget and application of the unit.

Environment Friendly

The evolving patterns of prefabrication and Modular Building Construction method has made it possible to manufacture homes which are not only fit-for-purpose but also eco-friendly.  The top advantages of prefabricated buildings are significantly shorter building cycles from designing to the finished building as well as the use of sustainable re-growing materials, such as wood. Wasteful material is smaller in volume if compared to conventional method of construction.

According to Cornelia Sailer, Chariman of the Supervisory Board of LiWooDHolzmodulbau  AG, a German company that is specializing in prefabricated timber buildings and use sustainable and re-growing materials such as wood,the solid timber constructions are built as innovative cross-laminated timber construction (CLT) which are supplied by KLH. In addition to this general ecological concept regenerative thermal sources are used as heating and cooling system of the building.

LiWooD works with a so-called field factory, where the factory for the completion of modules is built adjacent to the building site. All the component parts are delivered in time to the field factory where they are assembled to ready modules. With a crane the modules are stacked and stapled and thus the building is completed in a very short amount of time.

She added that timber buildings also have short construction durations due to a high degree of prefabrication and can be used in earth quake regions. It is possible to finish a building for Social Housing to accommodate 50-60 families in less than 6 months above foundation. So we can deliver a fast and eco-friendly building for the use as Student Accommodation and Social Housing.

The use of Steel in prefabricated modules, further enhances its eco-friendliness. Steel is a very efficient material and a small quantity can achieve higher load-bearing capacity. Light Gauge Steel, used in a skeleton method of prefabrication, is very light and can be easily handled during manufacturing and installation keeping aside the requirements of noisy equipment. Steel is a recyclable material and more than 50% of it can be used for another purpose, if need arises.

Furthermore, according to Erwin of Perfect Places in South Africa, prefabricated buildings are of better quality compared to conventional buildings since they have a high tolerance of different weather conditions.

Superior Quality

Apart from affordability, it offers high level of quality as majority of structure’s parts are built indoors with total adherence to QHSE and ISO standards. The quality of prefabricated modules is unquestionable because it follows the same building codes of conventional houses. According to Bian Mofei of Prefabmarket in China, a structural steel building system offer better stability because it has better earthquake resistance behaviour and it’s much lighter to ship comparing with PC or RCC structure system. They can also be manufactured in large scale, which lowers the prize.

Quick accommodation in remote construction sites

Liam Cafferty from Kwikspace  in South Africa mentions that, prefab facilities are useful where rapid infrastructure is required. Prefabricated buildings and services are convenient when located in remote areas and building materials are scarce to source. The prefab facilities on-site ensure the project is kept on track and that personnel are pleased with living conditions far away from home.

 

Joni Rantasalo Sales and Marketing Manager, ADMARES Group notes that Modular Building technology such ADMARE’S innovative off-site allows for buildings to be completed up to 85% in factory settings instead of traditional construction site. This ensures consistent high quality, minimum material waste and reduced energy consumption with construction time on site reduced by 70-90%.

Firas Jaber of Tempohousing Ghana Ltd notes that speed of construction is unmatched everywhere on the planet by any other system of construction and also knowing what to expect without surprises is a big advantage.

Steel-framed modular units that come together to make up functional building equipped with the systems needed to run a building of the 21 century which Tempohousing  offers for instance is great on transport savings as many units can travel on a truck and erected once at destination.

SOURCE: constructionreviewonline.com

 

Former UPDC boss launches new firm, targets 5,000 housing units

Concerned about existing deficits in the middle-income segment, the immediate past Managing Director, UACN Property Development Company, Mr. Hakeem Ogunniran has unveiled his new firm- Eximia Realty Company Limited, which plans to bridge the housing gap in the country with 5,000 units.

To kick-start the vision to build the units in the next five years, two projects in that category are set for launch at Lawton Park 64 Apartments and Maestroville 42 apartments with studios, one and two bedroom flats in Lekki area.

Speaking during the event, Ogunniran said the objective is to re-define the narrative by challenging the status quo and creating a unique and innovative platform to deliver real estate solutions in Nigeria and Africa.

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He stated that to move the industry forward, there is the need to commoditize real estate and industrialize the process of housing delivery in Nigeria. He said that firm would be tech savvy in building and in business transactions. Ogunniran said the vision of the company is ‘to become Africa’s pace setting property company by creating real value for the people, communities and investors’ while its mission is to build future dreams today through innovative, value-driven and customer focused real estate solutions.

“We have acquired lands in secured locations and we made flexibility in housing deisgns a must. Our unique offerings are targeted primarily at the mid-tier market, especially first time homebuyers. People will benefit from. The facilities and amenities include, communal lounge, 24-hour power supply, children playground, gym, Laundromat, Sewage/Water treatment plant, CCTV/Controlled Access/Security and Wifi/Hot spots.
Ogunniran noted that the firm is also a joint developer of ‘The Mews at Katampe’, Abuja, ‘Genesis Commercial Park’ in Opebi Ikeja and Joint Promoters of the new ‘Lake City’ Lekki, Lagos”.

He further said the company is into partnership and funding arrangement with Plovercrest Capital Ltd, a South Africa company to deepen operations while some non-executive directors which include, Ms Faith Tuedor-Mathew and the Executive Vice Chairman, Brentex Petroleum Services, Sanni Nuhu Abubakar, among others, have been appointed into the board of the company.

In his address at the occasion, the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Bamitale Omole said the company is set to change the narrative of real estate in Nigeria and Africa. Omole who is the Chairman, Board of Eximia said that the firm would also provide quality service and be people-oriented as well as deplore latest technological innovations available in the sector to satisfy customer.

He lauded the founder, who, he described as a man whose character is defined by integrity, intelligence, hard work and trustworthiness.While unveiling the company, Chairperson, the chairperson, NEPAD Business Group Nigeria/Special Guest of Honour at the event, Dr. Nike Akande observed that Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, SME’s are critical for economic growth and development of any nation. Akande expressed confidence that the company would help to bridge deficits in housing and provide jobs for many Nigerians especially, the youth.

Source: Victor Gbonegun

Air Force eases accommodation burden with new housing units

There has been increasing demand for decent apartments for members of the armed forces across the nation, particularly at this time when insecurity is rife in many states.

At the moment military barracks across the country, especially for junior officers are not only inadequate but also in poor state.

The armed forces policy prohibits their personnel from seeking and living outside the barracks. Hence, they are compelled to live in the barracks regardless of the poor state of the apartments.

In order to help the accommodation problem for members of the armed forces former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, inaugurated the Presidential Committee on Barracks Rehabilitation (PCBR) to oversee the rehabilitation of barracks across the country.

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Since then, however, the problem has persisted and therefore more effort needs to be made to solve the problem or bring it to the barest minimum.

The situation is gradually changing as some of the armed forces have begun construction of comfortable apartments for their personnel.

Recently, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) 551 Base in Jos, the Plateau State capital, commissioned quality housing units for its officers.

The NAF also recently launched some Non-Commissioned Officers’ (NCO) quarters at its base in Bauchi.

The housing units in Jos consist of 10 blocks of 1-bedroom flats of single officers’ quarters. It commenced in January, 2017.

The length of each of the building is 71 by eight metres and the buildings occupy about 500,060 meters of land. The rooms are trendily furnished with chairs, tables, curtains, dining tables, kitchen wares and other necessities of a home.

Daily Trust gathered that no amount would be deducted from the salaries of the officers who would benefit from the new apartments.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar, said the housing units were in line with NAF’s effort to boost combat readiness and morale of its personnel.

Represented by the Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, Abubakar said one of the constitutional obligations of the air force was the protection of lives and property of Nigerians in collaboration with other Nigerian security agencies.

“This housing project is geared towards enhancing the welfare of our personnel to enable them focus on their tasks and continue in adding value to the service,” he said.

In his welcome address, the Commander of the 551 Nigerian Air Force Station, Jos, Air Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, explained that the newly completed projects would reduce the burden of accommodation concern in the base, adding that the dedication, wisdom and support of the chief of air staff was worthy of commendation in achieving the feat.

In Bauchi, the two blocks of 10 single furnished accommodations were commissioned by the chief of air staff who reiterated that the provision of accommodation was part of his commitment to the welfare of NAF personnel.

The CAS who was also represented ‎by the Head of Administration, NAF Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Kinsley Lar, said NAF would continue to give priority to personnel welfare.

“As you are all aware, ‎our nation has in recent years been grappling with numerous security challenges. This has led to the deployment of NAF assets and personnel to various parts of the country to help contain the situation, he said.

It would be recalled that a block of six single rooms accommodation was ‎commissioned on October 18, 2018 in Bauchi.

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