Life is better with tiles in your home

Gone are the days when we adored wood, laminate floor or carpet – each of which has their merits. But according to the saying that ‘Time changes things’, flooring within the house has evolved from Just a wooden deck to floor tiles which has made domestic life easy  for us all.

Today’s Nigerian home is not complete without a well installed tile on the floor, kitchen or bathroom with varieties of colors and sizes to choose from. Some people think it signifies class while to others it denotes style; we think it’s essential for every home to have tile installed.

Here are some of the benefits why you should install a tile in your home:

Easy to clean

One of the most important benefits of using tiles in your home is that they are easy to clean. Regardless of how busy your schedule is or whatever commitment you may have, all you need to do is to wipe the surface with a moist cloth with little pressure involved since they are stain resistant.

They are Hygienic

Apart from the fact they are easy to maintain, they are also hygienic as they have the withholding capacity when treated with disinfectants without altering the appearance or surface. The intrinsic characteristic also prevents the growth of fungi and bacteria. You can be rest assured that your toddler is safe while playing on the installed tile in your living room.

Tiles are cost effective

If you are one of those who think tiles are for high or middle class people due to the expenses involved in installing them. We are glad to correct your notion that they are cheaper compared to some other type of flooring. They can last for years when installed.

They are versatile

The good thing about tiles is that they can adapt to any condition both for indoor or outdoor use.

Variety to choose from

You have a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to tiles – it could be a matching color to your window blind, settee and other home appliances or a design that describes your personality.

We trust you have made a decision to change your flooring. Before you do, have an idea of of the color, size and design you want to purchase to avoid confusion.

This is how Africa can pay for its infrastructure gap

Carbon should be priced into infrastructure projects, not only to help protect the environment but also to attract more private money towards filling the world’s one trillion dollar-a year infrastructure gap.

Infrastructure dominated one of the first sessions of the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, that got underway, in earnest, Tuesday. More than 60 heads of state and thousands of business and investment experts from around the world will gather in the ski resort this week to discuss how to fix a broken world, deal with new technology, and tackle climate change.

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“Carbon should be priced into infrastructure projects and that will act as an economic trigger for private money to come in because not only will it mean more revenue it will help us put more money into saving the environment,” says Gregory Hodkinson, the CEO of one of the world’s biggest infrastructure companies, Arup, that turns over more than a billion pounds a year.

“The money is there. Investors sank six trillion dollars into Untied States junk bonds last year. If investors are prepared to roll the dice on  junk bonds what about infrastructure investment?”

One of the stumbling blocks for infrastructure investment, in everything from roads and power to water, is securing government backing. The panel discussion heard that 65% of world infrastructure projects are unbankable without government guarantees and support. It can often be a fractious relationship between investor and government officials, the session heard. Heng Swee Keat, the Cambridge-educated finance minister of Singapore, said the relationship between the public and private sectors could be “lumpy.”

“I remember a man coming to me and saying he was never going to invest in infrastructure in your country again, I asked him ‘why’ and he said, because the last time we invested and made money the government came back to us and asked: ‘Why are you making so much money!’’’ says Swee Keat, who used to be Parliamentary Private Secretary to the late father of infrastructure, on the island, premier Lee Kuan Yew.

Hodkinson, who has been working in infrastructure for 40 years, said investment could no longer ignore the future, nor the environment, otherwise next generation would suffer.

“Even if someone is building a car parking garage I ask what else can they do with it because they won’t need it one day”,” says Hodkinson.

“We need political leadership in this fractured world…otherwise we are going to get easy political leadership preying on people’s fears.

Smart cities – tailor-made for people with the help of information about their needs gathered from the interest – was touted as one popular answer to the infrastructure gap.

“We asked people if they were happy to provide personal information to this end. Even in this world where people are frightened of sharing their personal information, 47% said they would to get better infrastructure,” says Michael Burke, the CEO of the NYSE-listed AECOM in the United States that turns over more than $18 billion a year.

Source: WEF 2019

2019 budget: FG to spend less on road construction,rehabilitation

Early works for construction of 2nd Niger Bridge to gulp N2bn, 3rd Mainland Bridge N1bn. The Federal Government plans to spend less on road construction and rehabilitation/repair works across the country in 2019, details contained in the budget proposal presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly recently, has shown.

A comparison of the 2019 and 2018 budget proposals for the Ministry of Power Works and Housing showed that while the budget for road construction dropped by N14.7 billion, that for road rehabilitation/repairs dropped by N56 billion.

The document showed that N346, 166,726,658 was budgeted for the Federal Ministry of Power Works & Housing (excluding agencies under the ministry). Out of this amount N10,281,446,795 was allocated for recurrent expenditure while N335,885,279,863 was allocated for capital projects.

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Out of the N335.8bn allocated for capital projects N124bn has been proposed for ‘Construction/Provision of Roads’ in 2019. This amount is lower by N14.7bn compared to N138.8bn budgeted for the same purpose in 2018.

Further analysis showed that the budget for road repairs in 2019 also got a massive cut, dropping by N56bn. The sum of N103.3bn was budgeted in 2019 compared to N159.5bn proposed in 2018.

However, unlike in the road construction and repair proposals, government plans to pump in more money into the housing sector in 2019.

In 2019, government plans to spend N30,969,671,325 on ‘Construction/Provision of Housing’ compared to N3,598,363,868 voted in 2018. The money for Construction/Provision of Housing will be spent mostly under the Federal Government’s National Housing Programme nationwide, which was captured as ‘Ongoing’ project.

The budget details showed that some road projects tagged ‘new’, which government plans to execute are: the “Design and construction of bridge across the Cross River at Uwana (Ebony State) to Nkomoro (Cross River State) at the cost of N1bn, Dualisation of Akure to Ado Ekiti Road’ at N800m, ‘Construction of Rijiya-Gusau Road’ for N270m, and the ‘Rehabilitation of Potiskum-Bajoga-Gombe Road in Yobe and Gombe states’, at the cost of N600m.”

Other new projects for 2019 are the ‘Construction of road with asphalt, culvert and drainage from Kwanar Yawurma to Garandiya in Albasu Local Government, Kano State, at the cost of N200m.

Further analysis of the budget proposal showed that about three road projects described as ‘ongoing’ got the highest capital allocation of N3bn.

They are ‘Counterpart funding for the dualization of Makurdi-Enugu Road in Benue and Enugu states,; Counterpart funding for the dualization of Akwanga-Jos-Bauchi-Gombe Road in Nasarawa, Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe States’.

Other on going critical road infrastructure that will get government’s attention this year include the ‘Construction of Bodo-Bonny road with a bridge across the Opobo Channel in Rivers State,”  which will gulp N2.5bn.

The ‘Dualization of Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa/Bokani Junction Road in Kwara and Niger states’ N2.1bn; ‘Early Works IV for the Construction of 2nd Niger Bridge in Anambra/Delta states,’ for N2bn.

The sum of N1bn was budgeted for  ‘Emergency Rehabilitation/Maintenance of Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, Part I, (Restoration of Defective Substructure Piles (Underwater) while the ‘Dualisation of Suleja-Minna Road Phase II in Niger State will cost N1bn.

The sum of N2bn was proposed for the following ongoing road projects: Abuja-Lokoja Road Section III (Abaji-Kotonkarfe); Abuja-Lokoja Road Section IV (Kotonkarfe-Lokoja); Kano-Maiduguri Road (Section I, Kano-Wudil-Shuari);Kano-Maiduguri Road (Section II, Shuari-Azare) and Kano-Maiduguri Road (Section III, Azare-Potiskum).

Others roads that will gulp N2bn in 2019 are the Kano-Maiduguri Road (Section IV, Potiskum-Damaturu); Kano-Maiduguri Road (Section V, Damaturu-Maiduguri); the ‘Dualisation of Obajana Junction to Benin Phase 2: Section 1 (Obajana Junction to Okene)’; ‘Dualisation of Obajana Junction to Benin Phase 2: Section II (Okene to Auchi)’; Dualisation of Obajana Junction to Benin Phase 2: Section III (Auchi to Ehor) and the ‘Dualisation of Obajana Junction to Benin Phase 2: Section IV( Ehor-Benin).

Meanwhile, apart from the Federal Government’s National Housing Programme nationwide on which over N30bn has been proposed for the construction of houses nationwide, there are some other schemes aimed at housing delivery in the country that have been captured in the 2019 budget.

For instance, the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, an agency under the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (OHSCF) plans to spend N100m this year on Housing Loans Scheme.

The OHSCF also allocated N146.9m for its ongoing Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Programme. It recently commissioned 151 housing units in the first phase of the FISH estates in Kuje, FCT, expected to address the housing needs of civil servants who are unable to own houses due to the prohibitive costs of land acquisition, building or purchase.

NIA 4th Distinguished Lecture Series to celebrate Arc. Gabriel Aduku’s excellence in the Nigerian Architectural community


The President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Arc. Festus Adibe Njoku has said that the NIA is set to recognize and celebrate the immeasurable impacts of Arc. Gabriel Yusuf Aduku in the Nigerian Architectural Industry at its 4th Distinguished Lecture Series to hold on September 24th, 2018 at the Shehu Musa Yaradua Centre, Abuja.

In a chat with HousingNews Correspondent earlier today, Arc. Festus explained that the distinguished lecture series is an annual event which was established as an avenue for past presidents to impart the knowledge they have acquired over the years to members of the association.

He made it known that as it’s the custom of the association; this year’s mantle has fallen on Arc. Gabriel Yakubu Aduku FNIA, PPNIA, OON a past president of NIA and the Principal Consultant & Director of Archon Nigeria Limited, to lecture the architectural community and Nigeria at large.

“… Arc. Gabriel Aduku is going to deliver this year’s lecture, somehow it’s like a parting gift to the profession where he will impart to us, what he want us to remember him for.” he said.

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The President added that the lecture series is “a time to give back to society… as a past president you must have gone through many stages and gathered many experiences right from the state chapter …so let him impart those ideas to the profession and to the society as we are celebrating his excellence by having him give us a distinguished lecture series”

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Also present in the chat session was Arc. Sunday Echono, Vice president of the NIA and the Chairman of the 4th distinguished lecture series committee. The NIA Vice President told HousingNews that the event will be a full program where excellence will be awarded and Arc. Aduku’s Book titled “Beyond simple lines” that “articulates his design philosophy, his accomplishments and the architectural culture that his firm has been able to establish and propagate in architectural economy” will be launched.

Arc. Sunday described Arc. Gabriel Aduku as “a man of many parts, he has led us as the president of NIA, ARCON, and if you look at the footprints he is someone who has played very key roles in our architectural economy. He is the first president from the northern part of the country and his firm Archcon Nigeria Limited is one of the top architectural firms in Northern Nigeria responsible for developing well known architects in northern Nigeria.”

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“His firm has been in operation for over 50years and has been producing so many architects who have gone on to also do lots of projects and a lot of that will be on display at the event” he added

Arc. Sunday enjoined friends, well wishers and every professional in the construction industry to come and join the Nigerian Institute of Architects to celebrate Arc. Gabriel Aduku an icon in the Nigerian architectural community.

“it is a period where we celebrate accomplished architects who have served the profession very well and also being a role model to the sector.” He said.

Wilson Ifeoma, HousingNews, Abuja

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