Record participation as 8th Africities Summit closes in Morocco

The eighth International Summit of Cities and Territorial Communities of Africa (Africities),has ended in Marrakech,Morroco.

The summit which began on ,November 20,2018,with the theme “The Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories, The Role of Local and Sub-National Governments of Africa,” recorded nearly 7,000 participants.

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The summit gathered ministers, local authorities and local elected officials, officials of local and central administrations, civil society organizations, associations and trade unions, economic operators, researchers and academics, and international cooperation agencies.

It discussed appropriate shared strategies to improve the living conditions of people at the local level and means to contribute to the integration, peace and unity of Africa starting from the grassroots.

The Pan-American meeting was also an opportunity to raise awareness of the new responsibilities of regional leaders to find adequate strategies to ensure transition to sustainable cities and territories in Africa.

Africities Summit is the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s flagship Pan-American event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa.

After Marrakech, the 9th edition of Africities will be held in 2021 in Kisumu, Kenya.

Executive Order 5: FG commences audit of construction sites

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal Government has commenced the audit of construction sites to ascertain the level of compliance with Executive Order 5 targeted at improving local content in public procurement. Buhari said this at the opening ceremony of the 60th Anniversary Colloquium of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). The theme of the colloquium is “Re-Engineering the Engineers for Optimum National Economic Growth and Development.”

Buhari, represented by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said the implementation committee of the executive order set up by the ministry had started work. He said that the committee had conducted a snap audit of 77 works construction sites and 50 housing sites. “The idea is to ascertain the number of foreigners employed on the sites and whether they have their work permit for the work they are undertaking. “The report shows that there 8,950 workers on the 77 sites, out of which 227 are foreigners and 8,723 are Nigerians. “

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On the housing sites, the report shows that there are 41,360 workers and no foreigner was found working on those sites,” he said. He said the ministry had gone beyond that, adding that it had commissioned a more detailed and full audit of all construction sites and currently awaiting the result of the findings.

The minister said that the Executive Order 5 was issued to ensure that the economic benefits of the Federal Government infrastructural development were maximised for the benefit of Nigerians. The president, therefore, called for the cooperation of the NSE in the implementation of the order toward achieving long term prosperity of the country.

He said that the Federal Government was currently undertaking a massive infrastructural renewal programme abandoned for a few decades. “I speak on projects like the Kano-Maiduguri Highway, the Enugu-Port Harcourt Highway, the East-West Road, the Lagos-Ibadan Highway, the Benin-Okene-Lokoja Highway, the second Niger Bridge and the Loko-Oweto Bridge. “I speak also of the difficult projects that appeared to have defied every attempt to start them like the Bodo-Bonny Bridge which has now commenced and the Mambila Hydro Power Project whose contract has been signed.

“These projects and many others like the rail project from Lagos to Kano, the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri and the air and sea ports at various levels of completion will form the foundation for building prosperity for Nigeria. “These foundations will be so strong that they will ensure that we are able in the near and long term to deal with adverse economic seasons,” he said.

He said that the strong foundations would help to diversify the Nigerian economy away from oil and open new opportunities of prosperity for Nigerians in sectors like tourism, agriculture, transportation, logistics and manufacturing. In his remarks, Mr Adekunle Mokuolu, the President of NSE, said the colloquium was to reflect on the journey of the society since its inception six decades ago. He said that the society had witnessed astronomical growth in branch network with a total of 75 across the globe.

Coal Mining Cause Of Receding Waters-Stakeholders

As Nigeria continues its struggle to acquire alternative energy source through 30 per cent coal power generation, communities have lamented the increasing impact, coal mining has on their water sources, RUTH TENE NATSA writes

Executive Director, Global Rights and host community activist, Ms Abiodun Baiyewu, said mining is a water intensive activity that requires access to a lot of water, noting that the water needs of mining companies and artisanal miners will always challenge the conflicting needs for potable water of their host communities.

She said coal adds an added dimension to the mining, agriculture and energy dynamics, noting that while the rest of the world is divesting from coal, Nigeria has decided that it would generate 30 per cent of its energy need from coal.

Speaking at the stakeholder’s engagement on contextualising Nigeria’s water resource management in mining and energy policies in Abuja, yesterday, she said the dramatic shrinking of lake chad in less than 40 years to 1/10th its size as well as, the rapidly shrinking Kaduna river, river Niger and even River Benue are all ominous signs of the fate of these natural resources in Nigeria and it is true that it is largely due to climate change.

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Ms Abiodun said the essence of the programme was to bring together core stakeholders on our natural resources in Nigeria, with particularly water and other ministries that somehow impact our water resources in Nigeria. Water is the greatest security threat that we have in Nigeria right now and is at the base of every ongoing conflict across the country.

“The core challenge with water presently is climate change but then there are other man-made causes such as mining and Nigeria’s decision to generate 30 per cent of its energy source from coal and that Nigeria is not thinking very deeply on its energy future even in the face of climate change”

She maintained, “Coal is very water intensive, whether from mining or coal power generation itself. Nigeria has not even started coal power generation, yet communities in which they have started to mine have started losing their water and their waters are polluted as well”.

“Communities such as Awo community in Kogi State, Maiganga/Komta communities in Gombe, they have all lost their waters to just a few years of coal mining.”

The Activist revealed that after speaking with some of these communities and scientifically testing some of the water, the level of pollution in less than a decade of coal mining in those communities is simply devastating.”

She stressed the need for coherent policies that would be holistic and be in sync and the sequence must be forward thinking so that if we must think of our energy future, we must think in terms of the next 40-50 years in which coal will no longer be relevant, so we must invest in renewable sources which will then be a smarter way of investing and guaranteeing the development future of our country and also its financial future.

Also speaking, a representative of Awo Akpali community, Ankpa Local Government of Kogi State and chairman of the Community Development Association, Adejoh Ibrahim Samuel, lamented the loss of water in their communities to Dangote coal mines.

In his words, “Dangote Coal Mines came to our community in, 2016, they cleared the bush after paying grossly inadequate compensation to us and then mining started February 2017. Immediately mining commenced, our community began to run out of water for the first time in the history of the community, we experienced dryness in our stream”

“There was no water for such a long time, when it began raining, the water was so bad, that we could not even use it for our baths, talk more of cooking. At this point, the community began to face lots of water challenges and were only able to survive as a result of the only borehole provided by the missionaries in 1992.”

He added, “it got to a point when they also began experiencing smells from the borehole water and had to cry to the company because in the Community Development Agreement signed with the company, there was provision for the company to provide a borehole for the host community and we cried to them. They began the project and till now it is still ongoing.

“They claimed two weeks ago that they had completed the project, but sadly the water is salty as he noted that the location of the company is on the hill top of the community which is in the valley and the mining pits are directly on the source of our water.”

“We have three sources of water in the community, these are Enedue, Enejane and these two sources connect about 18 communities, which they use for their domestic activities. At the same site we also had a spring source, but right now the dumpsite of the company has collapsed and covered the spring water.

He said they had made several reports and the Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) had called the company and community to a dialogue, however, the company failed to honor the last two meetings

The chairman called on the federal government to help the community remedy the water situation as communities had been disconnected from their stream as a result of pollution.

Recall that prior to the water challenge, the company provided tanker water to one of the communities, even though, they could not ascertain the source of the water and now that supply had been stopped.

On the community’s water source currently, he said, “community members have to travel some distance to fetch/buy water from private boreholes, adding that even some of the water sources are salty and not drinkable, even as he lamented that erosion has washed away the farmlands and they have no roads again, the road has been disconnected.

In his keynote address, the permanent secretary to the Ministry of Water Resources, Musa Ibrahim, said Nigeria prior to the assumption of office of the current administration varied from inadequate policy issues, poor funding, low budgetary allocation, lack of political will and inadequate power supply among several others.

He said the federal government through the Partnership for Expanded Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) had initiated projects to rehabilitate 77,693 facilities and provide 17, 264 facilities to increase access to rural water supply from 57 per cent to 62 per cent, provision of 42, 201 new facilities to increase access to rural water supply from 62 per cent to 80 per cent

The permanent secretary maintained that Nigeria is blessed with abundant water resources; however, the sustainability is threatened by land degradation, deforestation, rapid population growth, poor sectorial investment as well as climate change. All of these have placed pressure on water resources systems of our country, he said.

“Community members have to travel some distance to fetch/buy water from private boreholes, adding that even some of the water sources are salty and not drinkable, even as he lamented that erosion has washed away the farmlands and they have no roads again, the road has been disconnected”

Many feared dead as seven-storey building collapses in Port Harcourt

A 7 story building under construction has collapsed in Port-Harcourt,the Rivers State Capital.

The building located at nos 18 Benjamin Opara Street,GRA phase 3,collapsed his evening.

Eye witnesses say that an unspecified nos of people are currently trapped in the collapsed building,while rescue efforts are ongoing to search for survivors.

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The eyewitness said at least 11 people have been rescued from the debris at the scene of the incident. The cause of the collapse is not yet known.


Focus on Great Ife as Architecture symposium begins in Lagos

The symposium Decolonizing the Campus will begin in Lagos today, 23 November and end on 24 November 2018, the symposium is been held in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, Gallery 16/16, the Department of Architecture at the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria.

The symposium will offer a critical dialogue on design pedagogy and campus construction as practiced at the start of Nigeria’s transition to independence. Through dialogue between local and international architects and scholars, the symposium asks how and in what ways did art, design and architecture education differ after Nigerian independence from methodologies practiced within colonial era institutions? What can we still learn and take from decolonial pedagogical practices in the present day?

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“How did the resulting purpose-built campus in the ancient town Ile-Ife differ from colonial era campus architecture built, for example, by the British architecture firm Fry, Drew and Partners in Ibadan? How was the Ile-Ife Campus perceived by local students and architects and how does it function today?”

The Decolonizing the Campus symposium focuses in particular on Obafemi Awolowo University. Founded in 1961 as the University of Ile-Ife in protest against British education policy in place at the end of colonial rule, it was, significantly, the first post-independence university in Nigeria to possess an architecture faculty. The Israeli architect Zvi Efrat had been commissioned by bauhaus imaginista to conduct on-site research and produce a short film about the development of the University of Ile-Ife campus, which was designed by Bauhaus graduate Ariel Sharon together with a team of Nigerian architects (including Lagos-based architect A. A. Egbor).

Sharon completed his studies at Bauhaus Dessau in 1931, returning to Palestine where he was subsequently appointed head of the State Planning Authority during the War of Independence. His involvement with Ile-Ife campus came about due to his participation in Israel’s development aid programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sharon and his team designed and constructed the University of Ile-Ife campus over a twenty-year period lasting into the 1980s.

How did the resulting purpose-built campus in the ancient town Ile-Ife differ from colonial era campus architecture built, for example, by the British architecture firm Fry, Drew and Partners in Ibadan? How was the Ile-Ife Campus perceived by local students and architects and how does it function today?

Speakers at the symposium Moving Away. Decolonizing the Campus include the architects, curators and theorists Bayo Amole (Obafemi Awolowo University), Abimbola Asojo (University of Minnesota), Regina Bittner (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation), Zvi Efrat (Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv), Babatunde E. Jaiyeoba (Obafemi Awolowo University), Hannah Le Roux (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg) and Cordelia O. Osasona (Obafemi Awolowo University).



Stiegler’s Gorge Hydroelectric:Supporting Infrastructure nears completion

Construction works on supporting infrastructure for the proposed 2100MW Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric in Tanzania nears completion;This will signify the beginning of construction of the reservoir dam and main project.

Energy Minister in Dodoma Medard Kalemani, confirmed the reports and said that special committee that was set up to supervise implementation of the supporting infrastructure works, have reported to have completed most the construction works while the remaining are in the final stages.

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“Infrastructures such as the MsamvuPangawe and Dakawa-Selous power transmission line, the Pangawe power substation and water supply facilities have already been constructed while the rest are in the final touches of completion,” said Energy Minister Medard Kalemani.

The 2,100MW Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectric plant project has been for a long time considered by the government for established since 1960. It will have nine vertical Francis turbines units with a capacity range of 200MW to 300MW and a power generation capacity of 1,200MW for each turbine.

A 134-meter-high and 1,200 kilometer squared concrete dam that can hold approximately hold 34 billion cubic meters of water with a 100km long water reservoir, will also be constructed. An Egyptian state-owned contractor and Arab Contractors, were chosen to design and build a 2.1GW power dam on the Rufiji river and a switch yard of 400kV.

Commissioning of the project is expected to take place in 2021. The project will be undertaken by the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (TANESCO).

Juma Iddi, the Project Execution Committee Chairman said that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report stated that the hydro-power project will have recoverable effects, thereby confirming the government’s intention to start construction works.

Upon completion, the hydro-power plant will be largest power station in Tanzania that will have a gross output of 5,920GWh doubling the country’s power generation capacity.

SOURCE:constructing review



Construction Artisans Awards holds luncheon

The Construction Artisans Award, has held their luncheon for the inaugural edition of the Construction Artisans Awards, 2019.The event which took place at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, had in attendance stakeholders from various fields in the construction industry.

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In his welcome address, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, Dr Masa’udu Adamu Kazaure, paid glowing tributes to artisans in in the construction sector, he said,

‘’skills shape our people and keep and the world moving, if we look at the construction sector, we have craftsmen, technicians and engineers, these are the movers and shakers of the industry’ ’He added that the journey to the  inaugural Construction Artisans Awards started 10 years ago.

‘’We’ve been making gradual progress over the years, and as you can see the progress has culminated into the Construction Artisans Award’’. He said further that NBTE has done so much to encourage youths to take up jobs in the construction sector, and he is excited that the sector is currently making waves.

Also speaking the luncheon, the Project Director, Construction Skills Training and Empowerment Project(C-Stemp), Anthony Okwa, said ‘’Construction is still essentially a crafts based profession, and the major challenge we have is artisans, so we are partnering with various organizations to train artisans and inculcate in them skills to ensure best practice, optimum output and quality, in the work that they do’’.

He said in the nearest future with the efforts being made to boost the skills of artisans, Nigeria will have some of the best Artisans in the world.

‘’The skills sector is a global sector and there is skill demand everywhere in the world, so the idea of skills competition is an idea that has gone global, what we want to do is to place Nigeria on the skills map of the world, so that when people are looking for artisans, people will come to us to look for artisans’’.

The goal of the Construction Artisans Awards is, to showcase and encourage the vocational skills of artisans in the building and construction sector and to celebrate them.

The Construction and Artisans award is supported by Npower, NBTE, CORBON, REDAN, and many other notable bodies in the Nigerian construction industry.

SOURCE: Affa Dickson Acho

NMRC Confirms Kehinde Ogundimu As Substantive Managing Director

The Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC), has confirmed the appointment of Mr Kehinde Ogundimu, as the new Managing Director.
Ogundimu had previously occupied the office in acting capacity following the retirement of the pioneer MD, Prof Charles Inyagete having attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 years. Prior to his appointment, Ogundimu was the Chief Finance Officer (CFO), of the company.

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Ogundimu comes with a wealth of experience acquired over the years, he started his career at Pricewaterhouse¬Coopers and subsequently worked in various capacities at Texaco Overseas (now Chevron Nig. Ltd) in Nigeria and in the Washington DC region at Pepco Energy Services, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and finally at Capital One Bank, where he was the Head of Debt, Derivatives and Securitization before joining NMRC.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng. Honours) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and obtained an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ work experience in financial services (secondary mortgage and diversified banking), energy and public accounting.

Ogundimu is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder. He has attended several executive management programs in leading educational institutions including Harvard Business School and Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Mr Ogundimu will oversee the company, with a clear mandate of growing the primary and secondary mortgage markets and promote home ownership in Nigeria. He is a proponent of the value chain approach to tackling the challenges facing a market comprising multi-faceted and complex operators, systems and processes along a supply and demand continuum.

SOURCE: Affa Dickson Acho

Nigeria needs land and property ownership reforms, more infrastructure: Here’s why

Urgently, Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, needs comprehensive reforms in its land and property ownership systems just as it needs to develop more infrastructure across sectors.

These actions have become not only urgent but also necessary because experts estimate that only 5 percent of the country’s housing stock, which is less than 20 million units in total, are in formal mortgage. This means that 95 percent of these houses are dead assets because they are neither tradable nor bankable.

Andrew Nevin, Partner and Chief Economist for PwC, who spoke at the just concluded West Africa Property Investment Summit (WAPISummit) in Lagos, explained that it was only land and property ownership reforms that could unlock this huge stock of dead assets whose value he estimated at N307 billion or 81 percent of the country’s GDP.

Nigeria has a rigid traditional land tenure system coupled with the current land titling system which is onerous and excludes many people from formal land ownership, hampering  full scale economic activities, especially real estate which happen on land.

Nevin, in his presentation on ‘The Global View On   Geopolitics, Oil & Macro-Economics: How are These Impacting Investment in West African Real Estate?’ underscored the importance of  land, especially in an emerging economy like Nigeria where population is fast outstripping GDP growth.

In Alfred Marshall’s Principles of Economics written in 1890, it is stated that land, labour, capital and organisation were the four factors of production, but land is so important that the other factors would be redundant without it.  Land is the bedrock upon which the satisfaction of all human needs is built. Food, clothing and shelter are all human needs met from resources derived from land.

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Land reportedly accounts for 20 percent of the earth’s surface, and consequently, every economy requires comprehensive land regulations and policies to guarantee the effective usage of its land and the maximisation of resources attached to it.

From traditional, economic and industrial perspectives, experts see land as  very unique and strategic and its availability plays a pivotal role in the development of any economy as it increases investment inflow.  Industrialisation, housing development, agriculture, mining, oil exploration and other economic and productive activities that lead to improved standard of living, job creation, economic growth, among others, are possible only when land is available and harnessed for such purposes.

A World Bank Report on ‘How Africa Can Transform Land Tenure, Revolutionise Agriculture and End Poverty’ says Sub-Saharan Africa  is home to nearly half of the world’s usable, uncultivated land but, so far, Africa as a whole has not been able to develop these unused tracts to dramatically reduce poverty and boost growth, jobs, and shared prosperity.

Another World Bank  report on ‘Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity’ argues that  if African countries and their communities could effectively end ‘land grabs and modernize the complex governance procedures that govern land ownership and management over the next decade, it would bring about improved well being and standard of living of their people.

 Based on these facts, Nevin said that land and property ownership reforms were needed, especially for real estate which is one of the most critical sectors that, if reformed, would propel growth and alleviate poverty in Nigeria, explaining, “real estate makes up 60 percent of the world’s global assets and in developed countries, real estate buttresses the financial sector, enabling for the creation of asset-backed loans and securities”.

Besides these reforms, Nigeria also needs to build more infrastructure, particularly for its growing population which is projected to grow faster by 2020 even as poverty outlook remains dire.



“IMF 2018 report on Nigeria concludes that the country is set to experience incremental decline in income per capita as from 2025”, Nevin revealed,  meaning that housing affordability issues would worsen, just as standard of living would decline rather than improve.

He pointed out that Nigeria’s yearly demand for property was about 1 million, but the yearly supply was just 100,000 units. He noted that the real estate sector was still in recession and that is threatening the country’s ability to close its housing deficit.

Chii Akporji, an executive director at Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC), blamed the housing deficit on the country’s infrastructure deficit. “Infrastructure is all encompassing and remains the bedrock of the economy”, she posited, stressing that it contributed to the cost of housing.

“Infrastructure constitutes about 25 percent of construction cost; it is the major cause of housing deficit” ,insisted Akporji who also spoke at the WAPISummit, suggesting that government should initiate an infrastructure fund that should specifically be focused on housing.

Source: Chuka Uroko

Kano inaugurates $3.6m road rehabilitation project

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has inaugurated construction and rehabilitation of 31 road projects in the State that will cost $3.6m.

During the inauguration ceremony, the Governor expressed his administration commitment to completing all the ongoing road constructions-both rural and urban in the state while initiating new ones.

“The government is ready to start rehabilitation works on the 31 dilapidated roads in the state capital. The 940 meters stretch Gandu road has been allocated US $184k.

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“The roads set for rehabilitation include Nassarawa Hospital, Sheik Jaafar, Eastern byepass-Unguwa Uku, Bompai, Abbatoir and Civic Centre road, Obasanjo Road, Bello Road, ‘Yantsaki Road-Tudun Murtala, Sharada, Rijiyar Zaki, Rafin Dan Nana, Ashton Road, Manladan Kulkul Road, Emirs Palace, Kofar Fampo and ‘Yan Katako-Zaria Road among others,” said Mr. Abdullahi Ganduje.

Mr. Abdullahi Ganduje, also called on residents of the affected areas to cooperate with the contractors to enable them finish the work in good time and also public support to enable the government to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people adding that saying other roads would also be given attention.‎

SOURCE: constructionreviewonline

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