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Not all cement raw materials are locally sourced – Umar

Rabiu Umar is the Managing Director of Ashaka Cement Plc, a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim. In this interview with journalists, he says multiple taxation remains the bane of business growth in the country. MAUREEN IHUA-MADUENYI was there

How did the Boko Haram hostilities in the North-East affect your operations?

On November 4, 2014, our plant was attacked by the insurgents. Obviously, they were trying to find explosives. Exactly one month after that, there was another attack. Of course, the default thinking was for the company to shut down during that period until things calmed down.

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The management of Lafarge, however, took a decision to keep it open because as you may know, stopping and starting an operation this big is not really a day’s job because we have about 700 people working here and we live in a place that is more or less like an island.

Even if we had shut down operations, the members of staff would still be there. You can’t have 700 people suddenly pack their bags to go somewhere. Therefore, a decision was reached at a significant financial expense to keep the plant running and I think it was the right decision which has shown that we have the resilience when it comes to keeping our operations running.

Looking at the post-insurgent era, how are you contributing to the redevelopment of the area?

To start with, we make cement and most of the destructions in the area were civil in nature, if you take out the psychological and socioeconomic aspects. So, naturally, we are contributing in that regard. If you remember, there were more than two million people who were displaced by the insurgency and by virtue of keeping this operation open; we are helping to make sure there is enough economic activity in the area.

Like I said, there are 700 people working here directly and probably another 2,000 people who do supply and other things. The average household in this part is 10. So, you can imagine what the company has done. A more direct approach is helping the communities acquire skills that can be useful in terms of social services and health care as well as education.

We have an artisanship, for example, that has intakes from the communities strictly created for them. Graduates of this scheme go on to set up their businesses and develop their communities. If you are a carpenter or a mason, you get the tools of the trade and can go into the community to start.

At the same time, we absorb some of them. The second most senior person on the industrial side after the plant manager is a local person from Bajoga, who came through the programme. We took him to South Africa and our sister plant in Calabar as the second most senior person there as well.

We look at the contribution from the perspective of our operations rather than direct interventions, and, of course, we have those. We have built classrooms, boreholes and a lot of things but we call those ‘business as usual’ because they are basic things that we do. Building classrooms doesn’t mean that education will happen. So we do more sustainable activities in that regard.

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Giving back to the community comes in different forms and sizes. The focus we have as a company worldwide is health care, youth empowerment and education. These are things that everywhere you go in the LafargeHolcim world, you find that different societies have different ways of implementation but these are the three core things.

When it comes to health care, for instance; I can say directly, today on a daily basis, we have a clinic that sees over 200 people from the community. Both consultation and drugs are free; it is one of the things we believe is important.

I just spoke about youth empowerment. We have in excess of 2,000 graduates since the beginning of the programme and every year, we keep taking them and we pay them for the two years that they are here.

Over 90 per cent of our staff are of northern stock; 70 per cent are from the north east while those from Gombe make up 56 per cent of our staff. And of course, most of them are from communities around us.

And when you look at education, we have two schools right inside Ashaka and they have over 1,000 students and 60 per cent of them are from the community and they don’t pay school fees. I think also beyond how much money we give the youths, there are also other exchange programmes that we have.

A polytechnic is about to start at Bajoga. The reason for citing the school there is because Ashaka exists here. Polytechnics produce hands-on people. The plan is that we will partner with the school to do a lot of exchange programmes.

We are also starting an agricultural programme called agri-ecology; it is all about mixed breeding. You take the ecology of agric process back to its natural way where one crop fights the pest of the other, for instance. This creates a high yield.

So, in a sense, we are going to roll that out to empower our communities and help increase their yield by up to 30 or 40 per cent. It means they can generate more revenues from one piece of land.

Cement manufacturing comes with a lot of emissions. How do you control your operations so that it doesn’t impact negatively on the environment where people live in?

Cement business involves extracting things from the ground but at the same time we have a standard. The LafargeHolcim, as the largest building materials business in the world, has standards.

The standard is such that if any country that the company is operating in has low standards, our standard becomes what we use. But if it is higher, then we also use it. So, at any point in time, we make sure we are well within the standard that each location has.

We have a very high standard and there are different regulatory agencies that we work with. They include the Ministry of the Environment, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency.

The key concerns are the dust emissions and when it comes to coal, there is the acidity. And of course, before you even get a licence to operate, there must be an environmental management plan in place. Beyond that, we make sure we have an improvement plan.

A few years ago, you know you are approaching Ashaka when you find dust on vehicles but today, that is not the case. It has reduced and we have the numbers to show for it. We hosted the former Minister of Environment some time ago to see what we are doing. Of course, there is always room for improvement but the most important thing is to ensure that the dust emission is lower than the limits set by the environmental plan.

Sometime ago, you signed a development agreement with some communities. What is the status of the implementation of that agreement?

The implementation is on going. We ran into some misunderstanding. It was actually a law, everywhere you operate a mining activity you must have a community development agreement which defines the basics of what you must do but you don’t limit yourself to only what is on the agreement.

We ran into some issues but it is being implemented while we are trying to do more; not everything we do is in black and white. The medical thing I talked about earlier is not part of the plan but we do it.

It is a five-year programme but what we try to do is to make sure that whatever we want to do within a year is done before the year runs out so that the community can start getting the benefit.

How are government policies impacting on your business?

I think there are two levels to it. Government policies in a sense have helped us to operate because without a framework, you cannot run. Is there room for improvement? Of course, there is.

One of the key things that is really confusing is multiple taxation because you have the federal, state and local governments. And sometimes, when you stack up everything, it is a bit confusing to understand at what level it stops. It is one of the key drivers of business that every business owner talks about in the country.

It also brings about uncertainty; you plan something you want to do this year and suddenly, something comes up that is not in your plan but can have an impact on your planning and result.

A lot of people think that the price of cement is very high considering that Nigeria has limestone. What’s your take on this?

I wouldn’t want to go into that. It is very controversial because there is an emotional part of it and the real part of it. And typically, we tend to be more emotional. I don’t want to go into details but it is not quite true that all our raw materials are locally sourced. You can find out how much cement is in Chad and Niger in dollar and make the comparison.

Lafarge has some programmes on affordable housing in the southern part of the country. What similar initiatives do you have in the north?

It is a national programme, not specific to any region. We are in the process of developing one in this region. Affordable housing comes in different shapes and forms. For instance, you may want to build houses in large scale. So, there is affordable housing and there is mass housing.

Mass housing may not be the bottom of the pyramid but it allows more people to really have access to housing. And how does it work? You’re building this same structure in a thousand places and instead of using blocks you can use what we call the formwork, which is one of the things we are working on.

We have done one in Ogun State and we are taking people from the north to see how it works because the idea is to copy the model and ensure we can do it quickly and in a cost-efficient way.

There has been a lull in the property market. What effect has this had on cement sales?

First of all, Nigeria went into recession and anybody who lives in Nigeria knows the impact. The cost of anything that has any correlation with foreign exchange has doubled. So, first of all, that is a reality.

The income left after taking care of basic needs has gone down, and naturally, there is no way it won’t have an impact on certain sectors that are not immediate, like food. And then of course, the economic situation means that the market is not growing as fast as expected and I think that’s publicly available information.

People tend to blame affordability of housing on cement. To what extent will you say cement influences affordability?

Cement is less than 20 per cent of the total cost of building construction. What is the correlation between cement and the cost of building? The global average is six per cent. This is verifiable and a scientific information. It depends on the building practices; for instance, not everyone use hollow blocks; some use the formwork. That way, there is a lot of saving.

So, there are a lot of building practices that help to bring down price but when you look at the price of blocks and cement, the global average is six per cent. In Nigeria, it may be seven per cent but I don’t think it is up to eight per cent.

Typically, people think if the price of cement is half of what it is today, it increases affordability or the number of people that can afford to build their own homes. In a sense, you can say yes, but it is only six per cent.

The rest of the 94 per cent is in the finishing. You can build and finish the carcass of your building and you are just 30 per cent of the way including the concrete, beam and all. You find out that the cost of one door will probably build the walls. That is where most of the cost goes.

What are your expansion plans for Ashaka Cement?

Where we see Ashaka is as a more efficient business in the next five years and one of which is from the cost perspective. There is currently a project on going; we are building a power plant to be able to generate our own electricity. Today, we are relying on generators as you know the cost of fuel whether LPG or diesel is very high and has a high correlation to foreign exchange.

We are building an N11bn project, a 16-megawatt coal-fired power plant to cater to our needs. That is one of the biggest plan that we have in terms of being able to reduce our costs because one of the biggest costs in cement production is the cost of energy.

Inside the kiln, we have temperature running up to 1,400 degrees, which is up to the heat used for steel. You can imagine the kind of heat we are talking about here and to generate that kind of heat, we need fuel.

We are 1, 500km away from the coast of Nigeria and when there is a challenge of fuel, people can import but we are here in a landlocked place. So we must have a different source of energy. Again, there are gas pipelines but Gombe, Benue and Sokoto states do not have. Everyone else is linked. Gas is much cheaper but we don’t have a link to the pipeline. That’s why we need to find a solution.

The second is to unlock some of the existing potential in terms of capacity. Over the years, you lose some efficiency and we are trying to gain back that efficiency.

The other is, depending on how things go, we intend to increase the capacity of the plant by building new capacity.

’Federal Housing Project isn’t abandoned in Bayelsa’

AGAINST the backdrop that the federal housing projects in Bayelsa state have been abandoned, Mr Nwachukwu Achebe, Federal Controller, Housing Sector in Bayelsa, said that said the assertion is misconstrued, though the work pace is slow owing to the topography of the state.
He said further that the project is seated on five hectares of land cleared and sand filled for the National Housing for the people of the state.

This, Achebe at the site of the National Housing Programme Estate in Elebele, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa on Saturday during the media tour of on-going Federal Government projects in the state.

He posited that the special challenge posed by the state terrain require courage to put through the projects, because the state is constantly combating with ocean tidal erosion, and the land is swampy and below sea level.

Continuing, Achebe averred that several metric tons of sand were allowed to sediment before we could reclaim and regenerate the required soil texture that would carry the housing structures, adding ‘’we did the reclamation with the utmost patience to ensure there is no case of building collapse which could lead to loss of lives.

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He emphasized that the federal government goal was to ensure that housing deficit across the states is redressed, while the project would also create jobs for unemployed site workers and local contractors in the state.

Describing the project, the Controller explained that each structure has two and three bedrooms semi-detached bungalow, as well as three condominiums consisting of 24 units flat with a total of 72 housing units.

Achebe, however, noted that the project is being designed to take care of the low and medium income earners across the country.
“This project is to show the Federal Government commitment to make houses affordable for the people; it is also designed to suit the physically challenged persons.

“It comprised one bedroom, two bedrooms and three bedrooms apartments with complete housing schools, recreation centre, worship centres, clinic, shopping areas among others.

On the on-going federal secretariat in Bayelsa, the controller said that the project has attained above 75 percent completion.

Achebe said that secretariat model consists of 400 offices including nine committee rooms and one conference hall of over 250 capacity.

He reiterated that the project awarded since 2012 was delayed by the challenge posed by the topographical nature of the state, that require clearing, sand filling, reclamation/regeneration of land and piling work before construction could take place Bayelsa, foundation redesign, pilling, sand-filling among others.

“The project is over 75 percent completion and definitely the building will be ready by June 2018,” Achebe said.

Mr Sunday Omekwe, General Manager, Trenur Nigeria Limited, handling the federal secretariat project, said the workers are committed to handover at the expected period of completion.

Speaking with some of the artisans employed in the site, they commended the Federal Government for the opportunity to work and earn a better living.

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Mr Chidi Onwe, a supplier of building materials such as cement, chippings and sand said the project has been beneficial to his family; lauded the federal government initiative in creating jobs through project execution.

Delta government picks site for 10,000-unit civil servants’ homes

As FG pledges completion of Benin-Auchi Road
Illah in Oshimili North local council of Delta state, the hometown of the former Super Eagles Coach, Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, has been selected as the site of a 10, 000 housing units for civil servants to be constructed by Greenfield Assets Limited.Also approved is the completion of the Udu Harbour Market Phase 1 and construction of concrete drains as well as discharge channel from Refinery Road through Aribogha Street, Jesus is Lord Street to the natural waterway by Regal Clinic, Jakpa Road, Effurun.
The Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah who disclosed in Asaba explained that the approval is to alleviate the housing challenges facing civil servants in the state, especially Asaba, the state capital, with a view to making them more comfortable to meet the demands of their offices.

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The commissioner said that the government approved the continuation of the construction of Ibusa/Achalla/Asaba Road (Phase 1: 4.125 km) in Oshimili North local council, in addition to the construction of Ogulagha/Youbebe/Biniebiama Road (1,500 metres) in Burutu local council and the rehabilitation of Orogun-Emevor Road and Erhieta Road (4.6 kilometres).
Also approved is the completion of the New General Hospital Road with a spur to Joy Ariguzor Street, off Okpanam Road, in the state capital territory, the construction of Arhagba—Orogun Road (11.294 kilometres) in Ughelli North local council and the construction of Upper Ojekpolor Street, (1,150 metres) in Ika North East local council.

Meanwhile, the federal government has committed to delivering high quality roads nationwide. The government also appealed to motorists and other road users to be patient with contractors handling ongoing federal road construction projects in the country.

Director, Federal Highways South-South in Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Charles Okomah, an engineer, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Benin City after a two days tour of federal government projects.He said the dualization of the Benin-Auchi section of the Benin-Lokoja Highway, will meet the project completion date, scheduled later in the year.

Okomah urged motorists and other road users on the need to be patient with the pace of work which is rather slow adding that construction works on the road is near completion.He argued that the slow pace of work was due to inclement weather condition, but insisted that generally adverse weather condition would be no excuse for contractor’s non-performance.

Okomah, who noted that inclement situation has improved, hence work also has improved said, “We have a lot challenges usually. We have inclement weather conditions for a period of almost four months in the execution of road construction projects.He said the ministry will not hesitate to sanction contractors found wanting in terms of default on contract, particularly on the ground that such default is not as a result of non-payment on job description.

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Controller, Federal Ministry of works, Edo State, Oke Owhe, an engineer, during the tour of projects in the state said the federal government awarded the first phase of the dualization of the Lokoja-Benin Road, section four (Ehor-Benin) to Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) on the December 3, 2012 ,while work commenced on the December 24, 2012 and the expected project completion date is now December 23, 2018.

The project tour, which was monitored by members of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) commenced from Edo South Senatorial District through Edo Central and Edo North Senatorial Districts of the state with verifiable projects receiving government attention.

Economic policies and human development

Nigeria’s economy had for over three decades now been presided over by the brightest economists from all over the world, from the top echelon of the World Bank, ADB/ADF, the Academic Community and other economic pundits.

Yet, The Human Development Index (HDI) of Nigerians which is an aggregate of the general standard of living of the people in terms of access to education, health care, housing, security, potable water and high life expectancy etc has not improved, and to some extent has deteriorated significantly.

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So, what went wrong ? what can we do on the short and long term, and is there any need for policy and orientation shift to reverse this trend ?

Are we really on track? Nigeria has the highest numbers of children who are out of school in the world, 12 million of them followed by 5 million in Pakistan.

Most Nigerians do not have access to potable drinking water, which is a critical human necessity.

Life expectancy in Nigeria at under 50 years is very low even by African standards due to poor access to medical services, such that malaria takes over 200,000 lives annually.

The rich and influential however go abroad for medical treatment, leaving the poor to an uncertain fate

The house deficit stands at 18 million units and millions of Nigerians live in shanty towns without any sewage system, schools, running water and health services.

Nigeria, despite being a major exporter of crude oil, still imports refined petroleum products worth several billions of USD a year.

Nigeria is a heavy importer of food despite the abundance of arable and fertile lands showered by the tropical sun and fresh waters, which are ideal for farming wide varieties of grains, tubers and fruits.
The security situation in the country is very precarious, such that the movement of people is restricted and cautious because of abductors and kidnappers.

These are some of the plethora of problems confronting Nigeria today.

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These challenges in most cases require simple solutions, which however were often complicated by untested economic policies, which are too theoretical,, impractical and sometimes unreasonable .

For example, If Nigeria’s economy is the fastest growing in the world, then, how come that tens of thousands of Nigerians are fleeing the country to Europe and other parts of the world ?

If Nigeria is trully out of recession, why can’t the effect be felt now, instead of in decades to come as being suggested by our economic experts?

In essence, there is no workable plan in place now and the Nigerian people are unhappy, and not fairing well. The adoption of market economy and privatisation policy , which is a refined form of capitalism in its poor and distorted form is the foundation of Nigeria’s underdevelopment.

The private sector has taken over the role of the government, whereas, both should work independently and compliment each other.
The private sector in developed countries operate freely, in several sectors of the economy, while the governments in turn provide free education, free health care, assist farmers, pay stipends to the poor and offer several social services.

The policy shift should ensure that the government assumes its responsibilities towards the people. The rampages of the herdsmen today will be a child’s play when they are joined by millions of Nigerian children who are currently out of school.

The problem of education should therefore top the list of government agenda. There can be no development without an educated population.
The free education policy of Western Nigeria of the past can still be replicated today.

The Lagos State model during the second Republic from 1979-83 is a good example to copy in terms of physical structures, teaching and management

On housing, the government should take advantage of the mass employment potentials in the huge housing deficit in the country.

A housing project of 2 million units a year has the potentials to employ up to 5 million artisans as; plumbers , electricians, carpenters, masons, tilers, supervisors, labourers and other accessory jobs.

Medical tourism abroad is a national embarrassment. The Nigerian government should build several world class hospitals to deal with this anomaly.

These projects could be funded from Nigeria’s 40 billion USD Foreign Exchange Reserves which is currently open to all and sundry to finance the importation of assorted luxury goods which add little value to the economy.
The same principle should apply to the building of refineries and reviving defunct government-owned enterprises (GOE) such as the National Airline and Shipping Line. These companies went down because of poor and incompetent management. .

Giant Chinese Construction and Oil Companies operating internationally are owned by the Chinese government and run by trusted party members and competent managers.

Finally and most importantly is the need to stop the continuous decline in the value of the Nigerian currency. The best way to strengthen the Naira is for the CBN to stop funding luxury imported goods directly from Nigeria’s scarce foreign exchange reserves.

Although there is a policy to this effect, the CBN has been circumventing it by funding them through the BDCs.

When sponsored alarms are raised in the media about the falling value of the naira in the open market, the CBN rushes to pump money to the BDC apparently to ‘shore’ up its value, but in actual fact, willfully or naively enriching the BDC operators and indirectly funding importers who are not entitled to foreign exchange at the official rates.

In principle, individuals who which to exchange their naira at whatever rate should be free to do so. This should not be the concern of the CBN. If the value of the naira is strong within Nigeria, the demand for forex would reduce. And this can only be done, if local industries are supported by the banks to grow.

The recent raising of tariffs on locally produced products in the on going frenetic tax drive can only worsen an already bad situation.
When Sékou Toure, the late President of Guinea Conakry opted out of the CFA Francophone monetary zone in 1958, he took a calculated risk and he had to sail or sink with the decision.

He created the Guinean Franc and pegged the official rate at 2,5 Guinean Francs (GF) to 1 USD. The parallel market rate was 200 GF to 1 usd.
What Sékou Toure did was to give local value to the GF which rendered the USD and other foreign currencies irrelevant in the country.
The government provided free education from primary to university level and the President put his children in the same school system.

There was free medical services and serious medical conditions were referred abroad, (usually to Morocco) at government expense.

Sékou Toure issued ration cards to every family, including diplomats, Nigerians, Americans , Germans to purchase rice, meat, fish, sugar , vegetable oil at reasonable prices. A 50 kilo rice was sold for about 10 usd.

This policy was so effective that incidences of violent crime was rare, Beggars were not in the streets, there was no prostitution or human trafficking in the country. This program not withstanding, the government did not shut down private sector operators who were also thriving.

The policy of food distribution to the public is not alien to Nigeria. It was a means of empowering the people in what is now derided as stomach infrastructure.

The Nigerian National Supply Company (NNSC) during the second Republic, had warehouses all over the country through which rice, sugar, vegetable oil, milk and stock fish were supplied to civil servants and the general public at reasonable prices.

This program should be revived to stem the current level of hunger in the land.

These simple remedies are more effective than the fabulous economic statements which have not benefited the Nigerian people in any form.

• Ambassador Akinkuolie Rasheed was Director of Trade, Investment and Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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.

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“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.

Official: Federal govt housing project in Jigawa 80% completed

Mr Joseph Toluhi, the Northwest Zonal Director of the National Housing Programme (NHP) said it project in Jigawa had reached 80 per cent completion.

Toluhi, who stated this after inspecting the project in Dutse on Sunday, said the project involved 78 housing units.

He said the units comprised one bedroom, two bedroom semi-detached bungalows and three bedroom semi-detached bungalows.

The director pointed out that the projects, which commenced in November 2016, were being handled by 15 contractors.

“By the grace of God, the project will be completed within the stipulated time.

“The project has reached roofing stage and is about 80 per cent completed. The contractors are doing an excellent job because they are being closely supervised.

“This is because the government will not accept any job that is of poor quality or that failed to meet specifications,” Toluhin said.

Also commenting, the Controller of Housing in the state, Alhaji Uba Hassan, explained that the houses ‎were not only for civil servants, but for all Nigerians.

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“They are for all Nigerians because everyone has the right to housing or shelter,” he said.

Hassan said that modalities for obtaining the houses would be made public soon.

“As soon as the houses are completed, we will make the criteria and modalities for obtaining them available,” he said.

‎Hassan disclosed that about 500 people were employed in the state through the programme.

“About 500 people, including professionals, labourers and artisans have been gainfully employed through this programme.

“Food vendors, sachet water and soft drink sellers as well as commercial motorcyclists are making money out of this project.

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“Others are being employed by some contractors as security men while cart operators are not left behind. They are sometimes engaged to transport sharp sand and other goods to the site.

“So there has been cash flow. I mean money is changing hands among all categories of people and everybody is happy about it,” the controller said.

Federal Government creating jobs through mass housing projects – Official

The South East Zonal Director, Housing, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Arthur Abara says the Federal Government is creating jobs through mass housing projects across the country.
Abara said this in Enugu on Friday at the site of the National Housing Programme Estate in Ugwuogo Nike during the media tour of ongoing Federal Government projects in the South East.

He said that this current effort was the first time since 1999 that the Federal Government was directly investing in the housing sector for workers and Nigerians at large.

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He, however, said that the ongoing efforts were not just aimed at providing affordable houses for Nigerians but a deliberate attempt to create employment for Nigerians.

“Housing is now seen as one of the key indices for employment and for engaging people. That is why we have to build in every state,” he said.

The zonal director regretted some of the challenges they had to grapple with before beginning construction in some states.

“We had the issue of getting a suitable site in Enugu State because they initially gave us a place that was so hilly and with coal underneath. So we could not build there.

“They gave us another place that had no access road. The current site was the last place they gave us and we have no other option because if we reject it we may not build at all,” he said.

Abara, however, commended the state government for showing interest in the project, adding that there were states that had not even allocated sites for the project.

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“This project is expected to be replicated across the federation but there are states that have not given out lands.

“You build wherever is allocated to you because President Muhammadu Buhari wants to make great impact on the housing sector,” Abara said.

The Deputy Director, Public Building and Housing Department of the ministry, Mrs Tina Eneh, said that the building was for low and medium income earners.

Eneh said that the Federal Government had made commitment to make the houses affordable for the targeted income group.

She said that the facility comprised one bedroom, two bedrooms and three bedrooms apartments with a complete neighbourhood housing schools, recreation center, worship centers, clinic and shopping areas.

“We have four blocks of single rooms, six blocks of two bed rooms and 24 flats of condominium with a place for the handicapped. We are looking to complete it by the end of this year,” she said.

Eneh said that enrollees of the National Housing Fund (NHF) were qualified to benefit from the project.

“What qualifies a civil servant to be a beneficiary is to be an enrollee of the NHF. However, with the help of mortgage institutions it can be worked out even if you do not have the funds available,” Eneh said.

Also, the Controller of Housing, Enugu, Mr Godwin Emesue, said that the ministry was working out the final modalities for the distribution of the housing units.

Emesue said that there were no serious challenges in the construction of the houses, adding that members of the host community had been friendly.

A supplier at the site, Mr Ezekiel Eze said that his engagement to supply materials at the site had enabled him go back to school to complete his higher education.

Eze, who said that he dropped out of school due to financial challenges said: “I was searching for what to do to continue my education. I then applied as a supplier here and was employed.

“Right now I am back to school to complete my Higher National Diploma (HND) with the little money I get,” Eze said..

Discover The 6 Proven Ways To Investigate Titles On Any Land Before You Buy.

When it comes to buying lands, lots of people are scared and are victim of having to buy lands and properties at location where they end up regretting or ultimately losing their hard earned investment to scammers who pose as legitimate owners Which is why you need to learn about these various hot pointers which helps you most especially in investigating titles on any land that you want to purchase. Because that very land that you are about to go for could simply be a fake making you lose your hard earned money.

So here it goes…

Search At The Land Registry

In every state, the land registry is the first and most important place where you can easily conduct your search over property before getting involved. Example of such is simply the Surveyor General Office Alausa, Lagos. What this usually reveals are the important information that lets you know the situation of the location that you are looking to buy or purchase. They include The nature of the grant and the grant holder in nature of the property

Description of the property

The details of the registered transfer, sale, leases etc

Any previous or existing encumbrances on property such as mortgages, pledge

Any government acquisition

Any court judgment on the property you are interested in.

Search at the Probate Registry

This is simply to reveal whether or not probate has been granted and those that are simply involved in this case. This is so as to know if there is no WILL in place to the property that you are about to acquire.

Search At Corporate Affairs Commission [CAC]

In a situation where the past owners of the property is company incorporated under companies and allied matters Act. This will help to reveal the trustees or if the company is registered and also get to know if the its has the capacity to carry out the transaction.

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Search At Court

To get to know if a land has been subject to court litigation which is a big problem some buyers usually find themselves in, you need to do a court search which is conducted to find out if there is any of such in place or rather if there is also an appeal filed against the judgement.

Inquiry On Communal And Family land

This is simply conducted on the principal members of the family land or community and head of the community to ensure that the land is not subject to any of such and also affirming that all the important consent of the land is obtained and verify if the title in question was neither void or voidable.

Physical Inspection

Its of utmost important that you check the land for yourself to see what it is that you are getting involved with. Should in case you cannot simply as a result of staying outside the country or in a position of not been chanced, then you need to get someone trusted that would help check out the location and give you a feedback on how good the place it.

LCCI To Renegotiate Lagos State’s Land Use Charge

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), is set to hold a dialogue session that will renegotiate grey areas in the new Land Use Charge Law of Lagos State.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Mr Muda Yusuf, Director-General of LCCI on Friday in Lagos.

Yusuf said that the session, scheduled for March 9, would examine the provisions of the recently-passed law viz-a-viz its implications for residents and businesses operating in Lagos State and its environs.

“In continuance of its Public Policy Advocacy Initiative, it behoves the LCCI to provide a platform, such as this, to aggregate the views of stakeholders (both public and private) on the new Land Use Charge Law in Lagos, which has generated heated debates in the public space.

“This platform will enable stakeholders in Real Estate, Construction and other related sectors to engage the Lagos State Government on the recently-passed Law and re-negotiate its grey areas,” he said.

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Yusuf added that seasoned Professionals, Leaders of Businesses in the Private Sector and top Public Sector Officials would be available to dialogue with participants at the event.

The Lagos State Government recently repealed its 2001 Land Use Charge Law, and replaced it with a new Land Use Charge Law, 2018.

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The State House of Assembly had passed the bill on Jan. 29, while the Governor signed the bill into law on Feb. 8.

Based on this law, new rates were sent to residents and those that have received their bills claim that the land use charge was an increase of between 150 and 300 per cent over the 2017 rates.

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.”

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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.

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