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NIOB tasks FG on definite policy to engage local professionals, contractors

The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has urged the Federal Government to evolve a definite policy to engage local professionals and indigenous contractors for involvement in the capacity development of industry practitioners.
The NIOB President, Mr Kenneth Nduka, at his investiture as the 20th President of the institute said in Abuja on Saturday that it became imperative because of the ever-changing socio-economic and technological environment.

Nduka appealed to the Federal Government to show greater faith in exploring how best to add good value to societal expectations for policy making undertakings to be advantageously harvested.

“The professional institutions like the NIOB have to be rightly situated as lighthouses guiding the members, the industry and general public from bad practice, corruption, indiscipline and bad governance,’’ he said.

In order to improve operational governance, he pledged that the management and administration would be subjected to periodic audit scrutiny to sustain administrative effectiveness.

He also frowned at the lack of political will on the part of all levels of government to effectively situate and enforce a statutory provision that would professionally drive activities in the built environment sector.

He said lack of political will had exposed the built environment and the industry to confused operational rhythms, wasteful resources deployment, and dysfunctional delivery outcomes.

“This has compromised environmental health and safety, caused proliferation of sick buildings, resultant indulgence to high maintenance cost, prevailing sickening culture of building collapses and pathetic loss of lives and values
“NIOB is one of the seven professionals uniquely charged with the responsibility of training and re-training of registered potential builders who will deliver infrastructure for safe, healthy, sustainable, environmentally friendly, cost-effective and collapse-free buildings,’’ he said.

As a major stakeholder in the built environment sector, the NIOB president noted that the body owed both Nigeria and Nigerians a lot in building products with the application of technology and prevailing global practice.

He listed other challenges of the building industry as spiralling population explosion, galloping inflation, uncoordinated rural to urban migrations, inadequate provision of housing and infrastructural facilities and a dearth of artisans and craftsmen.

The expert said others were ever-evolving technological challenges, invasion of the sector by quacks and charlatans, interloping built environment professionals, corruption at all levels, undue politicisation and manipulative interventions on professional roles.

He called for a more standardised approach to ethics and public interest and more pooling of resources amongst all the segments of public and private governance and policy structures.

Akin Akindoyeni, a Professor of Building, called for a proper regulation of the sector due to the urgent rise of corruption, lack of prosecution of defaulters and empowerment of statutory laws.
“NIOB and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigerian (CORBON) have made several efforts to eradicate the canker-worm called quackery in the system but it is always a flop because of lack of government support.’’

The professional, however, condemned quackery in the system and warned those indulging in the acts who were not in any way registered builders to desist from it.

Concern mounts as Lagos’ new land use charge takes effect

With the signing into effect of the amended Lagos Land Use Charge Law, 2018, the state government has given legal fillip to the implementation of the law alongside its local government areas.
The new legislation replaces Land Use Charge Law, No. 11 of 2001. The government has justified the amended law, saying it was aimed at eliminating multiplicity of property taxes and levies, as they relate to both the state and local governments.


However, property investors and developers have expressed concern about basing the charge on capital values of property rather than on rental income. They argued that this aspect of the law was a disincentive for investment in property, in a state with over 3 million housing deficits.
“At a time when governments in other jurisdictions are putting measures in place to encourage investment in the housing sector, the Lagos State government is still piling charges on developers with their new Land Use Charge, which is now on capital values and not rental income,” Hakeem Oguniran, MD, UACN Property Development Company (UPDC), who spoke at a real estate summit in Lagos Tuesday, said.
Oguniran, who noted that the structure of the Nigerian economy was not in favour of real estate and the investors, said basing the land use charge on capital gains was inappropriate at a time when many houses were empty because they could not find buyers or tenants.
Lagos has a large chunk of vacant buildings across the various segments of the market including residential, commercial office space, retail malls and industrial warehouses. Until the last two quarters of 2017, when the economy improved, residential vacancy rate in the state was as high as 37 percent, while both office space and retail malls averaged 30 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
The recent sale of high yield Treasury Bill by the Federal Government was also seen as a major discouragement to investment in real estate. Bolaji Edu, CEO, Broll Nigeria, described it in an interview with BusinessDay as government’s systematic way of “crowding out private investors.”
The law applies to real and landed property in Lagos, and seeks to consolidate all property and land-based rates/charges into a single property charge. Under the new law, which was signed by Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Thursday, each local government area in the state would be the collecting authority for land use charge within their jurisdictions.
The charge is payable on all property except those exempted under Section 12 of the law. The exemptions include property owned and occupied by a religious body and used exclusively as a place of worship or religious education.
Other exemptions include public cemeteries and burial grounds as well as property used as a registered educational institution certified by the commissioner of finance to be non-profit making, palaces of recognised traditional rulers in the state, and any property specifically exempted by the governor by notice published in the state official gazette.
The new law further provides that exempted property becomes subject to land use charge if the use of such property changes to one that does not qualify for exemption.

Under the law, land use charge payable on any property is arrived at by multiplying the market value of the property by the applicable relief rate and annual charge rate using the prescribed formulae.
Adeniji Kazeem, state commissioner for justice and attorney general, explained the rationale behind the law.
According to Kazeem, the amended law reflects the state government’s efforts to tackle the issue of multiplicity of property taxes and levies between the state and local governments, especially as the imposition of land use charge on a landed property implies that all other state laws that impose tax on properties would cease to apply to such landed property.
BY JOSHUA BASSEY

Ambode Signs Amended Land Use Bill and 6 others into Law

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday signed seven important bills into law among which is the law to guarantee 24-hour power supply in line with the vision to attain a 24-hour economy and make the State globally competitive.

The Laws are Lagos State Electric Power Reform Law, Amended Land Use Charge Law, School of Nursing Law, Cooperative College Law, Cancer Research Institute Law, Amended Customary Court Law and the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law

Speaking on the import of the new laws, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem said the development was a great day for the State as it signpost the commencement of the journey to further advance the dividends of democracy to the people.

He said: “This is a great day; the Governor has just signed these bills into law and this shows that the House of Assembly is working in tandem with the Executive. It also shows that Lagos is working. These laws are going to benefit the people of Lagos State and this is what the people are looking for in terms of the dividends of democracy.”

Giving details on the benefits of the Power Sector Reform Law, the State’s Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olawale Oluwo said the law would allow the State Government to intervene in major areas of the power value chain to the overall benefit of the people.

He said: “One, the law puts the government in a position to be able to extend our guarantee to private sector participants who will come and generate power for us and by this guarantee, we are putting the balance sheet of our State on the table and assuring investors that as they generate power, they will get paid.

“Second, is to help the distribution companies to upgrade their infrastructure because if they generate the power and their infrastructure is still where it is today, clearly they will not have the capacity to carry the incremental power. The third area of intervention is that it empowers us to be able to open up the gas market in Lagos so that we can have gas on a consistent basis and that is how we can attain the 24-hour power supply.”

Speaking further, Oluwo said the law would also enable the State Government to collaborate with the distribution companies to collect tariff from customers efficiently in a way that the said guarantee would not crystallize, while in the area of enforcement, the law will prevent power theft.

According to him, ”What has happened today is that the first power theft law in Nigeria has been signed today by Governor Ambode and this is the first time any government in Nigeria will institutionalise the power theft law.

“It criminalizes power infraction. What we have seen before is that people tamper with and bypass meters and at the end of the day they are arrested and nothing happens but the new law provides for jail terms as well as fines and all sorts of forbearance such that if you tamper with electrical installations, if you import fake electrical materials into this State, you are liable to be prosecuted,” Oluwo explained.

Speaking on the other laws, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan said the signing of the laws aptly confirmed the commitment of Governor Ambode to institutionalize and enshrine good governance.

“Among the bills is the Amended Customary Law which is very important because for a long time the Customary Court system in the Local Government has been shut down because of the bill and with this revision, the Customary Court in Local Government will spring back to life and that means that many of the activities in the Local Government which require arbitration and dispute resolution which had been in abeyance so far will now come back in full stream.

“Another one is the Yoruba Promotion bill and for the first time it will become normal for you to be admitted into any of our tertiary institutions with a credit in Yoruba language and Yoruba will now become a major requirement for you to engage in normal business communication in Lagos State. This is a clear and conscious commitment to the position which Lagos State prides Yoruba language as the cultural vehicle for us to be able to articulate our position and it also shows that Lagos has furthered recognised the importance of language as a vehicle for development,” Bamigbetan said.

NSE Solicits Partnership With LASG On Infrastructure Projects

Mr Akin Akintola, Chairman, Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), has solicited partnership with the Lagos State Government to enhance infrastructure development in the state.

Akintola made the appeal in an interview with Housing News on Thursday in Lagos.

He said that the professional body was willing and ready to collaborate with the government in order to contribute their quota to quality project delivery in the state.
Specifically, the NSE appealed to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to allow the body to participate in the ongoing construction of Agege Pen Cinema Flyover situated on Agege-Ogba Road to guarantee quality.

Akintola said the NSE had approached the state in the past to serve the government free at all levels to guarantee quality and safety of projects.

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“The professional bodies are not being involved, which is not good enough and I am appealing to the Lagos State Government to please, for God’s sake, involve us, the professional bodies.

“Let government tell us its plans so that we would be able to give out professional input. Today, I don’t know of any professional body that is close to government.

“We are supposed to fill the gap but the unfortunate thing is that it is not happening.

“And we want to appeal to government to please involve us; we are not asking for money, we are asking for partnership. If they can give us that, I think things would go better,” he said.

Akintola also appealed to the state government to include professional engineers in the committee investigating a recent gas explosion that claimed some lives about two week ago to forestall future occurrence.

“We as professional body are not there to castigate government but to add value, we are supposed to be like their (government’s) protector,’’ he said.

Court nullifies NIA’s claim of ARCON being disbanded

By Kingsley Adegboye
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has nullified the claim by the Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA, that the Architects’ Registration Council of Nigeria ARCON, the regulatory body of architecture profession in the country, has been dissolved and therefore has no power to sanction erring members of NIA.

The case commenced by originating summons filed on January 19, 2017, and brought pursuant to Section 2 and 12 (3) of Architects’ Registration Council of Nigeria Act 2004 Order 3 Rules 6 and 7 of the Federal High Court Rules 2009.

The plaintiffs led by the immediate past president of NIA, include Arc. Tonye Braide, Arc. Abimbola Ajayi, Arc. David Majekodunmi and Arc. Dike Emmanuel had sought the following- Whether ARCON who are the defendants, having been dissolved, has power to perform any duty or exercise any statutory powers under the Architects’ Registration Act 2004. Whether the powers of the Architects’ Investigating Panel, AIP, are limited to allegation of misbehaviour in the capacity of an architect. Whether the plaintiffs’ fundamental rights to fair hearing are likely to be breached by the defendants. Meanwhile, the defendants, through their counsel had sought the court to determine whether ARCON can be dissolved or has in fact been dissolved by the circular dated 16th July 2015 issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government. They also wanted the court to determine whether ARCON has the statutory power to invite any erring architect to appear before the Architects’ Investigating Panel. ARCON equally sought the court to determine whether the invitation extended to the plaintiffs severally to appear before the Architects’ Investigating Panel constituted a breach of the plaintiffs’ fundamental right to fair hearing. Responding to issue one, ARCON submitted that the Federal Government circular of 16th July 2015 did not and could not dissolve its council because none of the council members was appointed by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who was said to have given the order of dissolution. They also contended that the president could not validly dissolve a body not constituted by him, citing paragraph 5 first schedule, to the enabling Act, Architects’ Registration ACT Act 2004. It therefore submitted that, unlike most government Parastatals, Departments and Agencies, the composition of ARCON was spelt out, and as a result, ARCON was not dissolved or in any way affected by the circular. On issue two, it noted that ARCON has the statutory power to invite any erring architect to appear before the AIP , pointing out that the panel only conducts preliminary investigation whenever there is an allegation that a registered architect has misbehaved in his or her capacity as an architect or should for any other reason, be the subject of proceedings before the Architects’ Disciplinary Tribunal. The defendant insisted that it acted within the statutory powers in inviting the plaintiffs to appear before AIP, where ample opportunity would be given to defend themselves in respect of any allegation against them. On allegation of breaching the fundamental right of the plaintiffs to fair hearing, ARCON’s lawyer said the invitation does not in anyway constitute that, as in the event that a prima facie case is established against them and the matter goes to the Architects’ Disciplinary Tribunal as provided by their ACT. In his ruling, the Judge said that from the totality of all processes filed in the suit, the plaintiffs did not show or present to the court sufficient evidence that the contested circular of the Federal Government affected ARCON in its statutory functions in any way. According to the Judge, careful examination of the said circular does not capture ARCON and therefore, it is without doubt to say that the relief sought by the plaintiffs in this application did not succeed on the grounds that the defendants according to part C of Companies and Allied Matter Act 2004, CAMA, are professionals, which regulate the affairs of all its registered members. “And by Section of the Architects’ Registration Act, members or composition of ARCON were not appointed by the president of Nigeria and therefore, that circular cannot dissolve them. Subsequently, if the circular of 16th July 2015 did not affect the defendants, then, any action taken by them cannot be seen as ultra vires or void. “I, therefore, uphold the submission of the defendants’ counsel and hold that the Federal Government of Nigeria circular dated July 16, 2015 did not dissolve the defendants, as they were not appointed by the government of Nigeria. This originating summons is dismissed for lack of merit,” the Judge ruled. Trouble started in 2015 between the former NIA exco members and ARCON following the latter’s decision to conduct examinations on professional practice for individual architects desirous of registering with ARCON, a position NIA frowned at and held that, it was against the Act establishing its regulatory body. While the controversy lasted, NIA said it learnt about a circular dated 16th July 2015, issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government dissolving ARCON. According to NIA, it wrote to the Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola to seek clarification on ARCON’s status.

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Responding to its enquiry, NIA said one Architect Sani Gidado, a Director/HOD Architectural Services noted that the matter was being attended to and also advised NIA to avoid any further statements or correspondence on the matter until the Minister completed action on the matter.

‘Mortgage market records 82 per cent growth’

The mortgage finance market recorded 82 per cent growth between 2010 and 2016, the Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN) President, Mr. Akinniyi Akinlusi, has said.

He made this known during a chat with The Nation. Akinlusi said while the size of the mortgage market in 2010 was N284.1billion, it grew to N348.1 billion in 2012, and by 2016, hit N518.76 billion, about 82 percent growth.

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The MBAN chief noted that mortgage transactions, though low, were gradually picking up. He based this on the fact that in 39 years, from 1960 and 2009, mortgage transactions were less than 100,000, compared to the 181,519 deals recorded six years – between 2010-2016.

“We had less than 100, 000 mortgage transactions for 39 years; and in just six years, we had 181, 519 mortgage transactions. This is a significant growth that tells you that this industry is moving now and it is upbeat,” Akinlusi said.
He explained that from microeconomics, mortgage debt to gross domestic product (GDP) is less than one per cent, adding that less than five per cent of the 13.7million housing units were financed with mortgages.

He blamed this low figure on the challenges in the industry, such as titling. The dearth of titled properties, he further explained, is an albatross for mortgages.

“Mortgages are not created in vacuum. So there must be titles. If there are no titles for the land there cannot be title for the house on it. So, it affects both the supply and demand sides of the housing market,” Akinlusi said.

He listed the problem of foreclosure as a challenge for the industry, adding that where there is a default in mortgage payment, recovery of same becomes difficult because of the cumbersome court process.

Akinlusi also blamed the tenor period for mortgages as a hinderance for its steady growth.

“Mortgage business is a marathon and not a 100- meter dash. There are mortgages with duration of 20 years whereas the funds available in the market are short-term funds. So, we cannot be using funds of 30 or 90 days for mortgages. This will be a recipe for disaster,” he explained.
The MPR rate, which he said, is 14 percent makes the market interest rate to hover around 20 and 24 percent, meaning that apart from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, whose interest is at six percent, others are double digits and this affects mortgage affordability.

Borno govt to give out free houses to families who adopt Boko Haram victims

THE Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima has said that the state government would give out free houses to those who are willing to adopt 3 or 4 children whom their parents were killed by Boko Haram in the state.
The Governor also said that the government will also place the famines on stipends to help them cater for their needs and that of the adopted children.

He revealed that available record shows that a total of $9.6 billion damages where done in the North-East by Boko Haram since it started its attacks.

Addressing journalists after a Special Town Hall Meeting for the Military and Security Agencies organized by the Ministry of Information and Culture, in Maiduguri, Shettima said the education of those children affected by Boko Haram is also a priority for the state government.

According to him “this is a city of 3 million people, apart from Lagos, Kano and probably Ibadan, this is about the 4th most populous city in this country.

“In all modesty, we have accomplished a lot in all facets, be it education, housing, agriculture, industrialization,” I think we can hold our head high.

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“There are some estates that we are building across the state, we are going to allocate those estates for free for anybody who is willing to adopt 3 or 4 of the Boko Haram victims, we will put you on a stipend, we know things are very tough in the country, but we want the kids to grow up, this culture of orphanage is alien to the African set up.”

Furthermore, the Governor said “as for the recovery and peacebuilding movement of the World Bank, conducted in partnership with the European Union, and the Presidency, the destruction inflicted on the Northeast by Boko Haram amounts to about $9.6 billion, out of it, Boron alone accounts for about $6 billion of the destruction.
“A total number of 958, 357 units of houses were destroyed in the state making up to 30 percent of the total number of houses in the state, about 5600 classrooms in 510 primary schools, in 34 secondary schools and 2 tertiary institutions of learning were destroyed, so the statistics are very depressing, but one thing I believe is that where there is a will, there is always a way.”

He, therefore, said, “as terrible as the tragedy that has befallen our land, it also provides us with a bigger opportunity to re-engineer our society to be a better place, and especially for us in the north, most of us are firth generation graduates of our respective families.”

“Most of us if not all of us are products of the public schools’ system, we can send our own wards to the choicest private schools and allow the children of the poor to wallow in poverty and illiteracy, and expect to reap the dividend peace, no.

Shettima said that some of the classrooms constructed in the state will be air-conditioned, digital teaching aids, all the students will get tablets especially the SS3 and SS2 students.

“We are building about 34 mega schools, and our target is principally the orphans of Boko Haram, we want to avoid a scenario where they will start having some entitlement syndrome or a sense of alienation from the General community.

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“So, we want to bring in students from the neighbourhood, mix them with the victims of Boko Haram, give them a sense of belonging”, he added.

We are committed to power sector recovery programme —Fashola

THE Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to the implementation of the Power Sector Recovery Programme.

He gave the assurance at an Engagement Workshop on the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) for Civil Society Organisations organised by the Ministry of Power Works and Housing in conjunction with the Power Sector Communications Team (PSRP) in Abuja.

He said the PSRP would serve as means to solving the seeming intractable challenges in the nation’s Power Sector, stressing that this was encapsulated in the government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) where Power forms one of the five major pillars.

He said the intention behind the PSRP was “to bring it to street level so that in whatever area of the country you are, if you come across this document, you will be able to read it, understand it and make sense out of it and ultimately use it to measure what we are doing”

Fashola added that the document, when finalised, would be translated into the three major Nigerian languages for a start.

He further urged Nigerians to desist from putting their country down in comparison with other countries of the world, describing Nigeria as a great country in both population and potentiality for economic and industrial development.

He maintained that Nigeria had the potential to compete favourably with other developed and emerging economies if the citizenry collectively resolved to tackle her identifiable challenges.

Fashola explained that the power that any country needed was not only a function of its population but also a function of the level of its development and industrialisation.
While giving explanations on the quantum of power available in South Africa and the report that Germany was exporting power, he said the power need of a country, was dependent. on the nature of its economy.

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He noted that South Africa, whose economy largely edon mining consumes a lot of power adding that with the Federal Government now paying attention to real growth through economic diversification as seen in the development of mining and others, the nation’s Power Sector was being prepared to support such growth.

“We have left mining. We are now in oil and gas. Dr. Fayemi in the Ministry of Mines and Steel is just trying to reset back. We are trying to support their mining power demands whenever they are ready,” he said.

He recommended that all Nigerians read the Power Sector Reform Act to have a better understanding of issues in the sector, saying: “If you don’t understand what we are saying and why we are saying it, it will be difficult to really appreciate where we even make progress.”

By: Adetola Bademosi – Abuja

Developer, Foreign Investors Parley To Boost Nigeria’s Construction Industry

Lagos – If the latest rapprochement between a Nigerian developer, Homework Development and Property Limited and some foreign investors is anything to by, the nation’s construction industry will soon receive a significant boost.
The lift, Housing News learnt, may either be in enhanced direct foreign investment or through third party.
This came to the fore recently in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America (USA), when a Lagos based real estate company, Homework Development and Property Limited launched campaigns towards increasing the confidence level in Nigeria’s real estate sector and ultimately encouraging more foreign investments into the sector.
The feat, it was learnt, became necessary to also correct wrong perception of the nation’s real estate industry among would be foreign players.

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At the event, Homework also showcased its affordable products as well as the recent positive developments in the real estate industry in Nigeria.
The programme, which was the outcome of a recent conference organized by the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) in Atlanta, was said to witness the presence of several hundreds of physicians and other professionals.

Reflecting on the conference, Arc. Jide Adekola, Director of Homework Development and Properties Limited, said it (the conference) provided a platform that helped to change the perception that foreign investors would not get value for their money or might get scammed in Nigeria; adding that it also created the awareness that there are professionals in the sector who are able to provide quality products in due time.

“The change in perception, which we have created, would in no small measure boost businesses and increase the volume of foreign direct investments that can engender increase in gross domestic product of the country. ANPA members, who have benefited from the unswerving services of the company, specifically requested that Homework should participate in the conference in order to take the Nigerian success story to the outside world.

 

“The event has exposed Homework to ANPA’s publications; increased networking and sales leads; the needs of customers and the property market; increased the trust of foreign investors in the Nigerian real estate market as well as boosted awareness that there is a unique selling point in the company’s products which are delivered by professional architects.”

Adekola explained that Nigeria’s real estate sector, which is inundated with issues of trust, lack of finance and presence of charlatanism, can be saved if government subsidises the cost of land for credible developers who have the capacity to provide affordable housing.

Furthermore, he noted that Homework would also take part in the annual conference organised by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America and other subdivisions within the United States. This, he remarked, would enable the company reach out to other professional associations and more Nigerians in the globe.

“Homework is also planning to hold similar exhibition and talks in Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries with large population of Nigerians.”

Investiture of Bldr Kenneth Nduka as the 20th President of NIOB to hold on 9th of February 2018

The investiture ceremony of the Nigeria Institute of Building comes up on 9th February 2018 at the International Conference Centre Abuja .
The chairman of the investiture planning committee and the third vice president, Nigeria Institute of Building, Bldr Anderton Ewa says preparation is in top gear for the investiture of the institute’s 20th president.
The event, will parade an array of dignitaries from all areas of Nigeria’s economy.
Speaking with Housing News in Abuja, the chairman of the investiture planning committee said part of activities for the day is the recognition and honor of individuals and organizations who have distinguished themselves and have contributed immensely to the construction industry in Nigeria. The institute will give out 16 award plaques in different categories, which includes;
Arc Harcourt B Adukeh will be honored with the EXCELLENCE AWARD in recognition of his Leadership roles for organizational consistency and professional commitment for safe and good quality standards in building projects delivery.


Former Minister of Housing, Ms. Amal Pepple will receive the GOLD AWARD in recognition of her dedication and unassuming labor of Love, Loyalty, Commitment and good conduct towards the growth of the nation.
Chief Osita Izunaso former Chairman, House Committee on Housing at the Nigeria House of Reps and Senate will receive a MERIT AWARD.
Engr. Emmanuel Mbaka will receive the MERIT AWARDS in recognition of his commitment to the promotion of efficient housing delivery through the engagement of professionals for mortgage financing and project monitoring.
Bldr (Prof) Martin Dada, Bldr(Hon) Bala Bawa Ka’oje, Bldr (Prof) Akin Akindoyeni, Bldr(Dr) Micah Ekwutosi Obiegbu, Bldr Aliyu A Ova DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD in recognition of their loyal, dedicated and committed services for the development and growth of the Institute and the Building profession.
Bar. Festus Adebayo, the leading promoter of housing development advocacy in Nigeria will be honored with the DISTINGUISHED MERIT AWARDS in recognition of his visionary media efforts at promoting excellence in the activities of the building profession and the built environment.
The Executive Governors of Nassarawa and Anambra States will also receive awards at the 20th Investiture ceremony of the Nigeria Institute of Building
The incoming president, Bldr Kenneth Nnabuife studied Building Technology at Yaba College of Technology Lagos and has served Nigeria Construction Industry for over thirty years . He is a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Building and other foreign professional Bodies related to housing. He is happily married with children.

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