FG urges community in Benue not hinder development

The Federal Government has appealed to the land owners in Utu Mega Layout Community in Makurdi, Benue, not to be obstacle to ongoing efforts to provide affordable houses. The Zonal Director, National Housing Programme, (NHP), North Central Zone, Mr Julius Olurinola made the call on Sunday in Makurdi.
He urged the group not be blinded of the huge impact of such developmental project, adding that they should not be obstacle to the agenda of the Federal Government. The group, who are land owners, led by Mr Deunion Akimbo, had barricaded road preventing government officials from inspecting the NHP located in the state. They were protesting non-payment of compensation by the state government. However, Olurinola promised the group that the Federal Government would facilitate their compensation by the state government.

“There is a collaboration between the 36 states government and the Federal Government as regard to the project. “It is the responsibility of the states to provide lands that have been compensated for. “That is why when this issue was brought to the attention of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, he had written to the state government on the issues the programme in the state is facing. “Your complaints are being handled, you know the challenges being faced in the country presently and some state that are yet to pay salaries. “The issue still remains that what needs to be done must be done and the issue of your compensation is not left out. “This project will be of good benefit to all people in the state, the artisans are also from the state. At its completion, it will enhance the status of the citizens,” he said. Olurinola commended the speed at which the contractors handling the project used to attain to a finishing level despite its delay. “The project has an initial problem of starting but it has overtaken some projects in other states. Its quite commendable”.

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The housing project which consists of 72 units of flat is at 60 per cent completed The Utu Mega Layout Community in Makurdi, Benue, land owners appealed to the Federal Government to intervene in its land compensation issues. Akimbo expressed anger over the way the state government was delaying in the payment of the compensation. “We want the Federal Government to immediately intervene for the state to compensate us. We know the government has control but the land belong to some people.


“They have taken over our farmland, the community demands a quick response from the Federal Government in terms of compensating each and everyone of them affected by the housing project scheme. “Our children are starving and suffering too much and government is not making any efforts to pay us that is why we have blocked you from entering today so that you will go and deliver our message to the Minister,“ he said. While responding to the group, Gov. Ortom Samuel of Benue assured the group that all has been put in place for immediate compensation. Ortom, represented by the Director of Building and Structure Engineering Services, state Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Cephas Suswan asked for little patience to sort out the issue.

Minister Babatunde Fashola issues ultimatum to Ekiti Housing contractors

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), has issued an ultimatum to contractors handling the National Housing Project in Ekiti State.

Fashola, who urged the contractors handling the 70 housing units, to deliver by June said the Federal Government was willing to begin the second phase in earnest.

He spoke on Friday in Ado Ekiti while inspecting the work progress at the NHP located on Agric Olope, off Ajilosun, Moferere Area, Ado Ekiti in company with Ekiti Controller, Mr. Saheed Gbadebori. He was represented by the Zonal Director, South West, Mr. Olusegun Dunmoye.
Fashola said, “Speed up work, we don’t have time the rains are here. If you delay for too long, rain will catch up with us. It will delay us further.

“The money is there but we have to follow the procedure. So money is not the problem; do your bit; we will do our bit, so that we can commence the second phase.”


The 70 housing units are comprised of 10 units of one bedroom, 40 units of two bedroom, 20 units of three bedroom flats.

The former Lagos State governor explained that the Ekiti project was one of the five ongoing sites in the Southwest, adding that the quality of work was high.

Power of Attorney does not confer ownership interest in Real Estate transactions (3)

The wordings of a Power of Attorney are strictly construed as they are. So it is important for a donor to know exactly what powers he wants to confer and what the limits of the powers will be. Usually, before a lawyer drafts a Power of Attorney for his client, he will ask a series of questions of the donor so that at the end of the day what is stated in the Power of Attorney is the true intention of the donor. A Power of Attorney can be revoked expressly, impliedly or by operation of law. An express revocation leaves one without doubt. The revocation is communicated, usually in writing, that the powers have been revoked. The form of an express revocation will depend on how the Power of Attorney was created. If it was created by a deed; then the revocation has to be done by a deed simplicita.

Where the donor gives a Power of Attorney to a donee and then still goes ahead to deal with the subject matter of the Power of Attorney in a way that makes it impossible for the Donee to effect his authority under the Power; an implied revocation would arise from the actions of the donor. The fact of the donor giving a Power of Attorney does not extinguish his right to do the same act or do with his property what he wishes.

For instance, where a land owner gives a Power of Attorney to an agent to sell his land and then goes ahead to sell the land himself, before the agent has done so, it can be implied that the Power of Attorney has been revoked. This is very aptly made In the case of Chime v. Chime:

“… The better view is that so long as the donee has not exercised the power comprised in the Power of Attorney it is clearly open to the donor to exercise the same power. Therefore, where the donee has in fact exercised the power under the Power of Attorney the donor’s power in this regard expires.” Wali, JSC, Chime v. Chime, (Supra. at page 34, paragrah. A.)

It is very important to note that Revocation by operation of law simply means that the law provides certain circumstances that automatically revoke a Power of Attorney. If the donor dies, becomes insane or bankrupt, or suffers any other legal incapacity while the Power of Attorney is still subsisting, then those aforementioned situations will revoke the Power of Attorney. There are however exceptions to this general rule such as where the Power of Attorney is coupled with an interest, it is irrevocable until the interest is exhausted. That means, for instance, if a donor grants the donee power to collect rents from his property to set off a debt owed to the donee, the Power of Attorney is not revoked until the debt sum has been realized by the donee in the circumstance.

Power of Attorney is not given as proof of transfer of land asset to a buyer. When using a Power of Attorney to deal with land matters, there are quite a few rules, and in some instances those rules vary from state to state. In this regard, it is important to know that a Power of Attorney does not confer interest in land. Therefore, on the purchase of land, where the seller grants the buyer a Power of Attorney, as is the practice in so many cases, the buyer must perfect his title to that land in the form prescribed by the law so that his interest in the land is protected. Anything different from this is a wild goose chase!

FG Commences Intervention Program In Housing

The Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri  says that the Federal Government is intervening in the housing sector by establishing housing programs in the 36 states of the Federation.

Mustapha Baba Shehuri disclosed this on Tuesday at the commemoration of the 2017 ‘’ World Habitat Day and World Cities Day’’ by the Ministry with the theme ‘’Housing Policies: Affordable Homes’’ and Innovative Governance, Open Cities’’ respectively.

He noted that the Federal Government was doing its best to create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive.

He highlighted that the commemoration was focused on affordable housing and transforming the nation into a smart city. He added that priority should be giving to making housing affordable as this will enable direction in the desired transformation of the nation to a smart city.

Reiterating the Ministers statement, Nigerian Politician and Former  National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Senator Barnabas Gemade commended the current administration efforts in the housing sector.

Gemade stated that the administration was the first to recommence National Housing Program at its current scale. Referring to the current policy, he admonished the Federal Government to give more attention to the issue of housing.

Analyzing  the interest rates, he advised the need to revisit dormant funds, citing Pension funds as an example. He explained that directing the Pension Funds into Real Estate investment will certainly bring down the real estate financial cost enabling affordable housing.

He added that there was a need for a deliberate attempt to actually develop funding for  low income housing to reduce interest rates drastically.

Gemade disclosed that cities in the country are currently being planned in a tidier manner. Comparing smart cities and slums, he mentioned the presence of effective security in planned cities. He added that slums and Rural areas suffered unimpeded operations by insurgents due to lack of planning and low security.

He further explained that smart cities today are providing opportunities for better surveillance with electronic surveillance.

He noted that E-development has provided effective security with the availability of close circuits and communication gadgets.

– Miraculous Nwaka

Housing: Anambra govt. to fast track project

Prof. Solomon Chukwulobelu, Secretary to the Anambra State Government said the state would deploy resources to fast track the ongoing National Housing Project (NHP).

Chukwulobelu made this known on Thursday in Awka when he received the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Shehuri in his office.

The minister was in Anambra on his inspection tour of the NHP sites in the South-East geopolitical zone.

The site consists of a three story block of 24 units, amounting to 72 units for type A being developed by DOCHOB Nigeria Ltd.

According to him, the government will look into the project and provide resources needed, including creation of access road for major impact.

“Anambra state is growing very fast with the influx of both civil servants and public sector’s investors as well as other people.

“A few years ago, rented apartment in Enugu was much more expensive than Awka and today the reverse is the case. The same applies to Onitsha and Enugu.

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“There has to be a sustained way of housing development, state government has tried to do that in the past but no money. Now that the federal government wants to intervene, we will support it,” he added.

He further said that the state government was into Public Private Partnership (PPP) to tackle housing challenges but it was expensive because of the profit orientation of the private sector.

The SSG urged the contractors to utilise the dry season and the grace of extra months to fast track the construction.

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He noted that the state government was projecting 10,000 housing units to meet the housing needs of the people.

Ealier, the minister noted that the ministry has come up with some policies to enhance housing development in the country.

He said that the ministry would not hesitate to fund the project.

Commending the Anambra state government for providing land for the housing project, Shehuri congratulated Gov. Willie Obiano on his re-election at the just concluded state election.

“His Victory shows the acceptance of Anambra people.”

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Mr Emeka Ofor, Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development of the state, describe the project as an intervention at the right time which aimed at curbing the housing challenge faced by the citizens.

“This is the first of its type in our state and at the end our people will benefit immensely and be integrated.

The minister also visited the project site located in Isiagu, Awka where all raft foundation beams have been completed despite the challenging terrain.

Source: PM News Nigeria

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