Rwanda to Sell Stake in Cement Firm

Rwanda’s government aims to put its 49 per cent stake in the country’s biggest cement maker, Cimerwa, up for sale this month, the prime minister said on Saturday.

The company, which is 51 per cent owned by South Africa’s PPC Limited, has an installed annual production capacity of 600,000 tonnes.

Reuters quoted him to have said: “We have asked our partners if they are interested and the timeline is one month,” Edouard Ngirente told a meeting of senior officials broadcast on national television.

“By the end of this month we will auction (the stake).”

He said PPC had yet to specify if it was interested in the stake, which he gave no valuation for, adding that other buyers would be sought if necessary.

A construction boom in Rwanda has driven up demand for cement as the government builds roads, power plants and a new international airport. Private developers have also been building new houses and office blocks.

The head of Cimerwa told Reuters in July that demand for cement was growing at 7-8 percent annually as new building projects come up. Rwanda also imports cement from neighbours Uganda and Tanzania.

Botswana Sees Lower Mineral Revenues Diamond rich Botswana expects mineral revenues in the 2019/20 fiscal year to drop by four per cent to 13.6 billion pula ($1.26 billion), due to a decline in royalties and dividends, a minerals ministry budget document showed on Thursday.

Mineral Resources Minister Eric Molale, said in the document that global diamond demand was showing signs of slowing down. Retail jewellery sales fell during the last quarter of 2018, he said, while polished prices continued to decline into the beginning of 2019, albeit at a slower rate.

“Trading and prices of diamonds are expected to remain subdued during the first quarter of 2019 due to significant overstocking of small polished diamonds,” Reuters quoted Molale to have said in the document presented to parliament.

Debswana, a joint venture between Anglo American’s De Beers and Botswana, produced 24.1 million carats of diamonds in 2018, a 6 percent jump from the previous year.

The company is the largest contributor to Botswana’s government revenues.

Debswana, a joint venture between Anglo American’s De Beers and Botswana, produced 24.1 million carats of diamonds in 2018, a 6 percent jump from the previous year.

The company is the largest contributor to Botswana’s government revenues.

Lotfi Senhaji said the Nigerian plant would cost $1.5 billion and would have a total capacity of 1 million tonnes of ammonia.

OCP signed a protocol agreement in June to build the industrial platform with Nigeria’s Sovereign Investment Authority.

In Ethiopia, the Moroccan firm expects its chemical plant to be operational by 2023 or 2024, with an initial capacity of 2.5 million tonnes of fertilisers, he said.

These investments are part of a strategy to boost phosphate-based fertiliser use and production in Africa.

Source: Thisdaylive

Nigeria signs US $10m housing construction deal

Nigeria has signed a US $10m deal with United Kingdom-based Iconic City Limited for the  development of a 3.8ha land in Alakia, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, into a residential housing estate.Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, of Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Mr. Adewale Raji who signed the deal with the UK firm said the agreement aims at curbing housing deficit in the country.

“The housing deficit in the country is over 22 million. Investment in housing remains an important and profitable venture, especially when affordability is considered,”said Mr. Adewale Raji.

“The initiative was hinged on the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which had human capital development as one of its cardinal objectives with housing provision as key factor in achieving that goal,” he added.

Westlink Iconic Estate

The proposed residential housing estate dubbed “Westlink Iconic Estate” will be a medium density luxury estate consisting 124 households. The housing products are 60 units of three-bedroom apartments, 42 units of four-bedroom terrace houses, 14 units of five-bedroom semi-detached duplexes, eight units of six-bedroom fully detached duplexes and 36 commercial and business units.

Mr Adewale Raji affirmed that housing types will vary to allow for different market segmentation subscribers. Construction of the project is scheduled for completion in 2years.

Mr Adewale Raji also quoted that the partnership was going to give his firm the opportunity to utilize its professional experience ranging from training, working to build a world class mixed luxury residential estate in Ibadan.

Source: Constructionreviewonline

Egypt to construct over 40,000 housing units at New Administrative Capital

The government of Egypt is set to construct over 40,000 housing units in the new administrative capital by the end of June 2020.

Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Essam al-Gazzar said that the project is being implement by the Ministry of Housing and is divided into eight neighborhoods, including villas, and mixed housing in the third district, Capital Residence.

Housing project

The project include construction of 23,412 housing units, 952 villas and 2,050 mixed housing units in the third district, Capital Residence while the fifth district, the New Garden City with an area of ​​about 1,000 acres will have 23,000 housing units consisting of residential apartments and villas, in addition to an area of ​​residential towers with mixed use in the lower floors with about 2,000 housing units and two hotels.

Moreover, the Ministry of housing plans to complete the first phase of a water treatment plant, five international schools, a restaurant complex and a mosque, as well as the government district and the investment zone for the New Administrative Capital.

Largest park in the world

Essam al-Gazzar also added that the  Ministry has scheduled to complete the implementation of the central gardens project at the “Capital Park” which is more than than 10 kilometers long and has an area of more than 1,000 acres, making it one of the largest parks around the world.

“The central park of the New Administrative Capital will provide greater opportunity for community interaction between the capital’s residents and other residents in its wider scope, and is park is expected to host more than two million visitors annually,” said Gazzar.

The park will also serve as a catalyst for encouraging a healthy life, in accordance with global rates including environmental value, green spaces, and areas for physical activities and recreation.

Source: Constructionreviewonline

CONFIRMED: Full Names Of The Survivors Of Lagos Island School Building Collapse

The victims, now in stable condition, comprise 22 females, 17 males and two persons whose gender was not listed.
At least 41 people have survived the building collapse involving Ohen Nursery and Primary School, Ita Faji, Lagos Island, Lagos, Housing News can confirm.

The list of survivors, obtained by Housing News on Wednesday evening, contains 41 names, five of whom are unnamed.

All of them are in stable condition.

The survivors comprise 22 females, 17 males and two persons whose gender was not listed.

Two teachers, three adults were clearly stated, while the 36 other victims are assumed to be children.

At least 12 persons, including schoolchildren, have been confirmed dead, but with rescue efforts still ongoing at the scene of the incident, the figures of both survors and the dead could yet rise.


Building collapse: Architect advocates diligent enforcement of building code

An Architect, Mr Amos Alao, has called for the enforcement of the Nigerian Building Code to avert the recurring building collapse in the country. Alao, the National Secretary, Society of Landscape Architects of Nigeria (SLAN), made the call in an interview with Newsmen on Friday in Lagos. The landscape expert said it was necessary to go back to the drawing board in order to avert recurring building collapse in the country by enforcing the national building code.

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He said: “There have been so many perspectives to building collapse in Nigeria. Some have talked about the structural analysis, architecture or engineering failure, but little is said about the land on which the buildings are standing on. “We are yet to implement the Nigerian building Code which covers that if you are going to build a high rise building, it is supposed to have a certain percentage of soil volume or capacity to hold it. “A lot of things are wrong with the Nigerian construction industry, everybody has this fault, from the manufacturers, to the clients, the engineers and the marketers. “There is a Nigerian building code that needs to be implemented to overhaul the Nigerian construction industry; we need to start from the implementation and enforcement of the building code.

“The code contains what a building requires, for example escape routes, exit routes, all these parameters are stated in the building code.“ He said the building code should contain the provision of facilities a building requires so that in emergency cases, disaster managers could quickly rescue victims like in the recent building collapse in Lagos. “The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing should be charged with the responsibility of implementing and enforcing the Nigerian building code. “With the building code, the responsibility of every engineer will be clearly outlined in the construction of any building without cross-carpeting responsibilities,” the expert said. Alao, who also called for the vetting of building materials imported into the country,called for importers of fake building materials to be brought to book. “Following most building collapse in the country, engineers have always had the bulk of the blame for either structural designs or low quality materials, but it is high time we sanctioned the importers of inferior building materials.

“The engineer purchases iron rods from the market that does not fit the strength specification for the building because its quality was reduced by the marketers. “It is not the job of the engineer to check how strong the metal is, if he completely trusts the marketers. “In most building collapse, the client/owner of the building should be held responsible also, the engineers may complain about the quality of the building materials and the clients insist they go ahead. “When such buildings collapse, the professionals are always held responsible and the clients are nowhere to be found. Every developer is responsible for everybody on the site.” The expert also called on builders to adhere to the books when constructing a building and not cutting corners. “Nigeria can get building construction right with plenty of research, for instance, the oldest storey building in Badagry, we have others also at Calabar and the first suspended floor in Lokoja. “All of these buildings were erected by Nigerians with the input of the Whites, meaning that it is possible to have good quality buildings in Nigeria. “Why our buildings presently cannot stand the test of time is largely because of the materials used. For instance, the textbook says use clean water to mix cement, but here in Nigeria our water is not clean. “When we make use of unclean water to mix cement, we should not expect to get the same strength with cement mixed with clean water.” According to him, buildings are bound to collapse when most builders apply what is different from what they have read in the textbook.

Scores injured, trapped as building collapses in Ibadan

A building collapsed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Friday leaving some people injured and some others trapped.

The structure, which was a three-storey building under construction suddenly collapsed and threw residents of Shogoye Bus Stop area, Bode community in the city into panic.

The building was said to have collapsed around 5:54 pm while bricklayers and other artisans on site were rounding off for the day’s work.

Nobody was confirmed dead as at press time last night but rescue efforts were ongoing.

Four of those who were trapped in the rubble were already rescued by men of the state fire service and volunteer rescuers.
Housing News learnt that some of trapped victims were making telephone distress calls from under the rubble. But when calls were made to one of the numbers few minutes after, an eyewitness said there was no response.

The incident led to traffic gridlock in the area as motorists from Idi Arere and Oja ‘ba and those from Molete end of the city could not move freely.

As usual, crowd of sympathizers swarmed the scene, blocking the road.


Among those rescued are 42-year-old Olalekan Dauda, Tunde, Toheeb Gbadamosi and Rilwan Oladepo. Dauda said he was working with other artisans on the third floor when the building collapsed. He said he just heard a sudden blast and later found that he and others in the building were trapped in the rubble.

Gbadamosi, 19, said: “Today is my first time of working at this place. I just came around in order to raise some money for my upkeep because things were difficult. I thank God that I came out of the rubble alive”.

One of the firefighters who spoke in confidence, said: “We responded promptly to the emergency as we got to the scene about 35 minutes after the alert.

“We are trying our best to rescue the victims but the challenge we are facing is getting the right equipment to lift the concrete wreckage. Another challenge is the time of the day; it will soon get dark but that will not deter us from doing our best.”

Demolition o f Dilapidated Structures Begins in Lagos

The Lagos state government has started pulling down buildings marked for demolition in Lagos Island.

Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) are currently demolishing some houses at Freeman street in Ita Faji.

The development comes two days after a three-storey building on Massey street in the same area, caved in.

Twelve people, including nine children, were killed in the incident while 50 were rescued.

When he visited the area after the collapse, Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor, said some landlords had been resisting the demolition of defective buildings.

He said this time around, the government was prepared to pull down such structures.

“We have been carrying out a lot of integrity tests on the buildings in this neighborhood and as you can see, some of them have been marked for demolition but we get resistance from landlords but we must continue to save lives and we would intensify our efforts to see that those have failed our integrity test, we would ensure that they are quickly evacuated and we bring the structures down,” he said.

Source: CityPeopleNg

HDAN Condemns Lagos Building Collapse, Blames authority for negligence

The president, Housing Development Advocacy Network, Barr Festus Adebayo, has  condemned the building collapse tragedy of a primary school located on the second floor of a three-storey building in the Itafaji area of Lagos Island.

As at the time of filing this report, at least 100 young children were trapped when the building collapsed in the densely-populated area and rescuers were trying to reach them through the damaged roof.

The children were attending a nursery and primary school on the top floor of the residential building when the structure collapsed. Police said they believed scores of people were trapped under the rubble.

Adebayo, who is also the owner of Housing Television, in an interview with housing news, said those in authority should be blamed for the incident which occurred as a result of negligence.

According to him, there was no verifiable upgrade of the collapsed building which is over 30 years old, adding that the Lagos State government failed in its statutory and primary duty of care to the children as its coordinating body  ought to have been providing oversight functions on all school facilities to ensure standards, safety, and security of the pupils and students.

He therefore called on professional bodies, heads of regulatory bodies in the construction industry, , development control departments, architects, Engineers, Builders, Surveyors, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN),  and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) to unite against building collapse by working the talk and not just criticize the incident.

Adebayo further said it was worrisome that despite the high rate of building collapse in the country, the perpetrators had never being brought to book or sanctioned.

“What exactly are our law enforcement agency in the development control doing, when is the government of this country going to have political will to punish people that are found wanting in matters like this, from the case of Akwa Ibom Redeem Church, to the case of Synagogue Church and many others, Tell me who amongst the owners of these properties has been sent to jail, Adebayo asked.

Let the government tell us how many are in prison over building collapse, Let professional bodies tell us how many of their members have been sanctioned over incidents like this, we should stop creating problem for the next generation.

“How can a school be situated on  the third floor of a building in a residential area, who approved it? , Is government aware of this or are they  hearing of  this for the first time?  Was there any political influence on the regulatory body? how many dilapidated structures like these are still standing in Lagos? We must all unite against building collapse either you are a professional in the Construction Industry or not.

Asking to know who the developers, engineers in charge of the building is a waste of time, this is not a building that was constructed three or five years ago, am sure the person who handled the bill of quantity or supervised the building may not even remember he built the building,” he said.

Source: Priscilla Anaemena

Untold Story of How Lagos Building, Housing Children Collapsed

Tragedy struck in Lagos on Wednesday when a three-storey building housing a children’s school collapsed at Massey Street, Lagos Island.

In addition to the pupils of Ohen Nursery and Primary School, the building also accommodated tenants before it caved in at about 10 a.m., witnesses said.

At least 40 pupils, including 10 dead bodies, had been pulled out of the rubble as at Wednesday afternoon, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

“We were in the market, when we heard ‘gboom,'” said Yemisi Bankole, the deputy head of Itafaaji market.

Ohen Nursery and Primary School occupied the first and second floors of the collapsed building while residents live on the ground floor.

Upon the collapse of the building, many men in the neighborhood rushed to the scene and were able rescue few pupils before the arrival of LASEMA officials and other rescue teams.

Many pupils and teachers, however, are still trapped in the rubble as at Wednesday afternoon.

Casualties and corpses have been taken to nearby private and government hospitals, witnesses said.

As 2.19 p.m. when a PREMIUM TIMES reporter was at the scene, three children were rescued, one them unscathed. The second child was lifeless while the third one was struggling to remain conscious.

Akinwumi Ambode, the governor of Lagos state who visited the scene some minutes past 3 p.m. said it was unfortunate thing that such a school existed in the building.

He said the government would provide maximum support to the victims which includes paying the hospital bills.

“It is evident that Lagos state is not aware of such school, it is illegal and the culprits will face the law,” Mr Ambode said.

Adesina Tiamiyu, the general manager of LASEMA who was present at the scene told journalists that people living in the area had been very helpful as they had begun rescue operations before his team’s arrival.

He said they are still working to ensure that those that are still trapped get rescued.

“Parents will be allowed to identify their children, we’ll not stop until we are sure that there is no one left in the building.”

He further said once the rescue mission has ended, the actual figure will be revealed.

Many parents were seen crying in front of Massey Children Hospital situated on the same street.

A resident who identified herself simply as Shekinah, said she never knew there was a school in the collapsed building because the government had marked the building more than three times.

“Government has marked it several times but they’ll only patch it and put tiles after bribing the officials,” another woman who declined to say her name added.

Ayinke Busari, a friend to a parent at the school, said that she is there in place of her friend, Taiwo, who had been taken home to take care of her baby.

“She has seven children in the school, two have been found but they are yet to locate the remaining ones. We’ve sent her home because she has a baby,” Mrs Busari said.

‘Quite unfortunate’

While commiserating with families of those who had lost their loved ones, Mr Ambode described the incident as quite unfortunate.

He said there are “two floors sunked into the ground.”

“The first observation is that the foundation of this building is an old one. Like what you have seen , two floors have gone under the ground. It is only the pent house and the other floor that children have been rescued,” the governor said.

“So far what we have been briefed is that they have rescued about 35 pupils, some already dead. But we were earlier informed it was a school.

“It is not technically a school but a residential building that is actually accommodating an illegal school so to speak.

“All we are trying to do is to continue this operation. Our response team are already here. We have gotten another crane to be able to go deeper down and rescue more children.”

Source: Ifeoluwa Adediran

Kenya Launches U.S. $70 Million Homes for Low Income Earners

The Nairobi County government has launched a Sh7 billion public residential apartments project in Ngara Estate.

The project, River Bank Apartments, will see 3,000 units comprising eight blocks with 34 storeys each put up for low and middle income earners in line with the government’s commitment to provide affordable shelter for Kenyans.

The venture, undertaken by Erdemann Property Limited, is set to be completed in less than one and half years.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said his government had approved construction of more than 200,000 houses for middle and low income earners and this was just the beginning.

“To ensure that we are going to speedily achieve this, we have waived building approval fees and also want to engage contractors who will use local building materials and employ youth,” Mr Sonko said during the ground-breaking ceremony on Wednesday.


“We are going to construct a multi-billion-shilling gated community [and] an ultra-modern residential estate with a perimeter wall and street lighting.

“It will be easily accessible by both the public and private transport as the roads will be cabro-paved,” Mr Yang said.

The other features include fire assembly points, spacious car parking, lounges and open kitchen designs, inbuilt wardrobes, commercial units, sufficient water supply with underground reservoirs, back-up electric generators and internet fibre connection.

“These are going to be the first of the government’s pledged affordable houses for Kenyans. Nairobi is the first country to break the ground to start construction,” he said.

Mr Yang said that compensation of traders, who were occupying the more than 10 acres of land next to Nairobi River acquired for the houses, has been completed.

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