Zimbabwe to initiate new rural housing policy

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Zimbabwe is set to roll a project that will see the building of better houses that are strong and durable in rural areas, African Daily Voice has learnt.

According to The Herald, this was revealed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during his recent tour of Chimanimani to assess the damage inflicted by Cyclone Idai, which has claimed more than 100 people, displaced thousands and left hundreds of houses destroyed.

Mnangagwa said there was need to have properly constructed houses, as haphazardly constructed ones had contributed to the significant loss of lives in the area.

“We have lost lives due to sub-standard construction of houses,” he said. “Our housing construction should change forthwith and Government will also assist in this regard. We want stronger structures to save lives.”

Most of the houses that were destroyed failed to withstand the strong rains and winds, a situation attributed to the building material used that made them weak.

Until now, Government had little input in the building of houses in rural areas, resulting in people constructing their homes using poor materials that cannot withstand harsh weather conditions.

Some of the houses in rural areas are built using pole and dagga or bricks and dagga, without other reinforcement building materials like cement.

Houses in the rural areas are also built in dangerous places like mountain slopes, valleys and river banks, a situation that make their occupants vulnerable to natural disasters like floods and mudslides.

This was because rural housing has been on the periphery of planning and President Mnangagwa’s pronouncement yesterday is expected to change the status quo.

The situation in the rural areas is in sharp contrast with the strict supervision of house construction in urban areas, where city engineers have to approve every stage of construction.

Certain specifications are set for urban houses and the strict monitoring has resulted in strong structures that last longer.

Source: Africandailyvoice

Why property markets slow before elections

With election dates set and machinery put in motion, it is possible that activity in the property market may improve in the months to follow. It is not unheard of for the property market to reach a bit of a standstill leading up to a national election.

Owing to the uncertainty that builds around this time, many investors prefer to keep their finances liquid until the future of the economy becomes more stable. Sellers will have to keep this in mind when putting their property on the market over this period.

However, having the election date set should help the market become slightly more active. Without a specific date around which to work, many buyers choose to wait until they know when to expect more political certainty in our country. With the date set, we might begin to see a slight uptake of buyers who are comfortable to begin the process of shopping for a suitable property in the hopes of finding one by the time elections have come and gone.

Nevertheless, sellers should not expect an instant turn around in market conditions until a few months after the elections. The uncertainty that plagues investors over this period is not the results of the election themselves as much as it is the behaviour of the political parties leading up to and following the election. It is widely perceived that policy decisions tend to be more favourable leading up to an election and can change post-election. Investors, both foreign and local, are therefore likely to wait a few months both leading up to and following an election period to see if any policy changes come into effect that might affect their return on investment.

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Foreign investor confidence is another factor during an election period which tends to slow down activity in the property market. Unsure of how citizens will react to election campaigns and election results, foreign investors tend to adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ approach when it comes to investing until they can be more certain of political stability in the country. This is why we also tend to have fewer foreign buyers and a drop in number of sales within the luxury market over this time.

All things considered, those who are even slightly optimistic about our future should take the plunge and invest now. Given that we are in a buyer’s market, it is likely that investors can pick up properties at lower prices now than if they wait for the election apprehension to subside. Provided that all continues to run smoothly with these elections, as I predict it will, there truly has not been a better time to invest in South African real estate than right now.

Source: BizCommunity.com
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Emefiele Still CBN Governor

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has dismissed claims that the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele has been sacked.

Responding to enquiries from The Nation on Monday, the Director Corporate Communications of the CBN Mr. Isaac Okorafor told The Nation that “the governor is in his office working. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Another official of the CBN also told The Nation Correspondent that “there is nothing like that, the governor is here, his tenure expires in June.

In fact he has functions to attend to tomorrow, one of which is to meet with stakeholders in the cotton value chain on Tuesday March 5, 2019.”

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An online medium had reported on Monday afternoon that the CBN governor has been sacked by the presidency and given two weeks to clear his table and “handover to an unnamed successor.“

Source: NationOnline

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How Buhari won Atiku in Lagos

President Muhammadu Buhari has won the Presidential election in Lagos State, by defeating his rival, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with a 132,798 vote margin.

Buhari and Atiku The margin was lower than the 160,143 votes with which Buhari defeated Jonathan in 2015 in the megapolis. Buhari then polled 792,460 votes, while Jonathan got 632,327.

In the latest results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Yaba area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Monday afternoon, Buhari polled 580,814 votes to beat Atiku, who got 448,016 votes in keenly contested election.

 

While Buhari won in 15 Local Government Areas of Lagos, Atiku won in five councils, heavily populated by South East residents.

The full result:

Ibeju/Lekki LG

APC: 12,179

PDP: 9,222

Lagos lsland LG

APC: 27,452

PDP: 7,396

Apapa LG

APC-18,170

PDP-11,295

Ikorodu LG

APC: 40,719

PDP: 21,252

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Epe LG

APC: 17,710

PDP: 13,305

Ikeja LGA

APC: 23,638

PDP: 21,518

Badagry LG

APC: 21,417

PDP: 17,936

Agege LG

APC: 36,443

PDP: 16,497

ETI-OSA LG

APC: 20,963

PDP: 25,216

Ifako Ijaiye LG

APC: 33,419

PDP: 18,100

AAC: 674

Mushin LG

APC: 43,543

PDP: 20,277

Oshodi/lsolo LG

APC: 29,860

PDP: 28,806

Lagos Mainland

LG APC: 22,684

PDP: 15,137

Ojo LG

APC: 24,333

PDP: 29,019

Surulere LG

APC: 30,621

PDP: 31,603

Somolu LG

APC: 28,418

PDP: 21,978

Kosofe LG

APC : 39,216

PDP: 28,715

Amuwo-Odofin

APC: 16,670

PDP : 34,312

Ajeromi Ifelodun

PDP: 31, 971

APC: 28,153

Alimosho

PDP: 44461

APC: 65,206

2019 Elections: The Implications Of Feb 16 Election Postponement

It was certainly a surprising development when the news broke out at 2:45AM, that the general elections earlier scheduled for today, 16th February, 2019, was no longer feasible.

A lot Nigerians, both at home and abroad, did not take this news happily. The development has sparked up a lot of conversations worldwide, with most expressing their disappointment in the Nigerian government and their increased disbelief in the Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral commission.

A lot has been said regarding the postponement. Some say it is a plot by the ruling party to rig the elections or an avenue to buy more time in their election preparations, others say its INEC’s lack of adequate preparations that is playing out here. However way we look at it, the postponement will have some effect on the whole electoral process when it finally happens.

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As we all know, not everyone lives where they are registered to vote. Some might have migrated to other parts of the country and would have to travel back to vote. With the original date in mind, some of these people might have travelled back to vote only to realise it has been postponed. Such people may not bother to go back when the time comes to vote. Apart from people who have migrated, some others might have plans for that day which they feel is more important than the election and will make them unavailable for the exercise.

 

INEC’s budget for the election year is roughly 189 billion. It is safe to say that a large chunk of that budget that has already been expended on logistics in preparation for elections on February 16 has gone to waste, never to be recouped.

INEC will also need to make adjustments to already incurred costs, almost doubling costs.

Individual spending has increased in the last two days. Many have gone to filling stations and supermarkets to stock up for the election weekend, while some have travelled out of their places of residence to their constituencies where they are registered to vote.

A lot of people believe that INEC’s independence has been undermined, it is believed in some quarters that INEC succumbed to pressure put on them by the ruling party to postpone the elections. The whole drama has put doubts in the minds of Nigerians over the indifference of INEC, as International and local observers now question how credible the forthcoming elections will be.

This is very dangerous for our democracy, considering the fact that if the opposition party loses, many wouldn’t be satisfied and will start pointing accusing fingers which may result into serious violence, loss of lives and property.

With the postponement, some international media houses would see Nigeria as an unserious nation and wouldn’t bother sending reps and journalists to cover the polls. The negative impact of this is that the international community wouldn’t follow the events as they unfold and this is sad to know.

More time for mischievous politicians to execute their evil plans: The postponement of the polls gives bad politicians more time to perform some distasteful act. Now we hear of already thumb printed Permanent Voters Cards (PVC), paying people to sell their (PVC), printing fake materials and so on. This postponement would give room for more plots and tricks towards rigging the upcoming polls to be concocted.

So many sectors in Nigeria are still counting their losses. Businesses closed at least 3-4hours early yesterday because of election and there are several events scheduled for Feb 23 & March 9.

Some businesses would be on hold, as lot of people have left their business places to travel for the election. It will affect the flow of money in the economy.

The responsibility for the postponement of this election goes to the government and INEC, for this global embarrassment to our nation. It has portrayed us in the eyes of the international community as unserious.

The postponement has unwittingly eroded the credibility of the elections and the capacity of INEC, in spite of the huge resources committed to it and the length of time available for planning and logistics.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, earlier announced the postponement on Saturday, February 16, at a press briefing held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

INEC postponed the general elections, with the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to hold on February 16 moved to February 23. The governorship/State House of Assembly are also shifted from March 2, to March 9. Yakubu attributed the postponement to lack of adequate logistics and some other challenges. He said that the postponement would give the commission room to address the identified challenges to give credible elections.

The INEC boss said: “Following a careful review of the implementation of its logistics and operational plan, and the determination to conduct free, fair, and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the elections as scheduled is no longer feasible.”

Source: Affa Acho

Let Nigeria Win Today

Congress (APC) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), agreed to accept the final outcome of the election if it is “free, fair and credible.”

The Accord signing exercise, initiated by the National Peace Committee chaired by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar, sought to dispel fears in many quarters that the presidential election could end in hot disputes that could set the country ablaze, if the result does not go the way some candidates expect. The fact that the accord was signed before a cloud of witnesses both local and international including traditional and religious leaders, African and European Union Observer Missions as well as  Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, shows the depth of commitment of the presidential candidates to the deal.

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President Buhari said at the event, “Let us use this opportunity to strengthen our beliefs in a united country. Our elections are important only to the extent that they make our country peaceful and prepare us for development.” PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar also said, “Every candidate must remember that this election is about the future of Nigeria. Therefore, we must abide by the will of the people as freely expressed through elections under the terms of our constitution.”

Noticeably, the candidates said they will accept results that are “free, fair and credible.” This might sound like a giant loophole but it also throws the ball into the court of INEC and its Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu, as the electoral umpire, to do all in their power to deliver an election that is seen by most citizens and election observers as free, fair and credible. Bias, partiality or sloppy logistics could imperil  the spirit of the peace accord and allow election losers to repudiate it.

Also key to the success of these elections are the security agencies, especially the Police, Department of State Security, Civil Defence and the military. They must not act in a manner that demonstrates support for any party or candidate or that suppresses any other parties or candidates. At all times their loyalty and commitment should be to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In past elections, there were allegations that security agents visited opposition candidates with less than even-handedness. This is unacceptable.

Security agencies must be unbiased, non-partisan, non-discriminatory and dispassionate in the elections that commence tomorrow.  They should carry out their duties in a manner that fosters the integrity of the polls and forestalls the activities of thugs, miscreants and desperate elements who want the world to be in the shape that pleases them.  We, therefore, call on Acting Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu and other security chiefs to write their names in gold by ensuring that their officers and men keep to their codes of professional ethics before, during and after these elections.

Contestants in the elections, their agents and associates from ward to national levels must play by the rules. In the run up to the elections, there were instances of political violence leading to loss of lives and the burning of electoral materials or even INEC offices and political parties’ campaign offices. We, in unreserved terms, condemn these undemocratic acts of cowardice. There can be no democracy in an atmosphere of threats, fear and violence. Politicians must warn their supporters against engaging in desperate measures in their desperation to deliver their wards or zones to their candidates.  Such selfish dispositions should not have a place in the 2019 elections.

We implore all actors in this year’s election to desist from engaging in demeaning and criminal acts like vote trading. The outcome of some recent elections was tainted by vote buying, which cheapened the will of the people from being golden to the value of a loaf of bread. Electoral Officers and security personnel should be on the watch out for those who tempt voters with peanuts in order to steal their precious votes. Also, journalists should be protected against the barbaric acts of thugs and security men who consider the presence of journalists at polling stations and collation centres as threats to their evil manipulations. The free and unfettered participation of journalists and election observers, domestic and foreign, is a key to free and fair elections.

We wish all the contestants good luck in tomorrow’s presidential and National Assembly elections but above all, we pray that the exercise strengthens rather than weaken our democracy.

2019 Elections: Abuja streets deserted as Nigerians go to the polls

Hours to the much awaited general elections, which kick off tomorrow with the presidential election,the  ever busy streets of Abuja,the Federal Capital Territory have been deserted.

Housing News can authoritatively report that many residents of the city,registered to vote in their states’ of origin or in some cases,cities where they resided before relocating to Abuja.And in order to perform their civic right, and ensure that their votes count,most of the residents had to travel to the where they will be eligible to vote.

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A check around the city revealed that major roads,like the Ahmadu Bello Way, Ademola Adetokunbo crescent,Aminu Kano Crescent and Muhammadu Buhari way, which usually records high volumes of traffic were all scanty, with only a few cars and pedestrians.

Apart from the Federal Capital Territory,in Ibadan,the Oyo state capital, business activities are low today in most areas due to the public holiday in preparation for tomorrow’presidential and National Assembly elections.

Banks,schools and other public institutions are closed but residents were seen queued up to collect money at the ATMs.

Traffic is also very light in these areas, which used to be characterized by holdups and bumber to bumber movement of vehicles.
UI,challenge, Dugbe,Ring Road and sango are some of the areas visited.

In Ebonyi State,Governor, David Umahi has declared today, a public holiday to enable citizens travel to places they registered for the elections and vote.

Umahi made the declaration while addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, noting that the directive was in conformity with the powers vested on him as the state governor.

He said that the decision was to prevent such citizens from traveling on Saturday because of transportation challenge that might be experienced on election day.

“Some people might have problems accessing transport to their various destinations while some vehicles conveying them might break down on the way.

“It is then better for them to travel on Friday to have the latitude of going back to their locations and perform their civic responsibilities,” he said.

Tomorrow, February 16, about 73 candidates would jostle for just one political position of the president in the 36 states of the country.

Unarguably, the battle is clearly defined between two major front-runners, specifically between the President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC,) and the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The unprecedented number of contestants notwithstanding, practically speaking, the incumbent, President Buhari and his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, stand out in the pack of the 73 presidential candidates as those to watch out for. This is on account of their visibility all over the country, the national spread and entrenched structure of their political parties, among other factors.

Source: Affa Acho

2019 Elections: Construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge Not Our Priority-Sanwo-Olu

Concerned with the seeming slow pace at which some critical road projects are being executed in Lagos State, the governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the construction of Fourth Mainland Bridge would not be his priority if elected.

He said this while fielding questions from respondents on a radio programme recently, assuring Lagos residents of their commitment to ensure early completion of the Lagos-Badagry expressway.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, emphasised the need to ensure the completion of ongoing critical road projects that included the Lagos Badagry expressway.

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According to him, both Badagry and Lekki-Epe expressways are so critical to the economy of Lagos, that no effort must be spared to ensure their early completion. To this end, the issue of the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge may be delayed.

Specifically, the governorship candidate explained that the ongoing 60-kilometre Lagos-Badagry expressway project being executed by the state government should be completed as early as possible.

He noted that the project “has two major inter-modal transport schemes namely; the Lagos-Badagry Expressway and the Light Rail Mass Transit with their accompanying infrastructure- 10 lanes superhighway taking off from Eric Moore interchange and traverses westward through Orile Iganmu, Alaba Oro, Mile 2, Festac, Agboju, Iyana Iba, Okokomaiko, Iyana Era, Ijanikin, Agbara, Ibereko and terminated at Badagry.

“The goal is to connect Lagos with the ECOWAS countries. The initiative would no doubt, enhance the commercial and other business activities between the affected neighbouring countries.”

Besides, he acknowledged the importance of Lekki-Epe Expressway, which he said would be expanded and reconstructed, especially, from where it stopped now to the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) in Akodo.

“Just like the Badagry Expressway, Lekki-Epe axis is also critical, in view of the ongoing enormous development taking place in the axis, there is need to review the issue of Fourth Mainland Bridge.

“For now, the project must be put in abeyance, because technical reports from experts revealed that the volume of traffic along the axis cannot cope with additional ones that the 4th Mainland bridge will engender.

“What we intend to do, if we form government is to begin the construction of Coastal Roads from Ajah axis to Ibeju-Lekki, and possibly compete the abandoned portion of the Expressway from Ibeju to Epe; linking it to Ijebu-Ode, where trucks and other articulated vehicles coming to LFTZ would avoid Ijebu-Ode-Itoikin road.”

Sanwo-Olu said he was not novice to government, having being in the system for quite a while. On the challenges of the ever growing population of Lagos, which its agreed that is currently over 20 million, with a projected figure of close to 30 million in the next decade, Hamzat emphasized the need to be proactive before the time comes.

“Lagos population is humongous, despite her being the smallest State in Nigeria with a land area of 3, 577 square kilometres. This translates that it occupies a paltry 0.4 per cent of total land area of Nigeria, which is 923,768 square kilometres”, he said, adding that Lagos has more than two million vehicles on her roads, out of about12 million vehicles on the Nigeria roads as a whole.

Drawing from statistical figures obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Hamzat disclosed that about 260, 000 people come into the state daily, while only about 20-25 percent of this figure return to their original places of migration. This huge migration influx to the city, he noted, is overstretching the existing infrastructure and facilities, thereby making for an urgent need to be innovative in providing infrastructure in the state.

He assured that their plan will be to expand and improve on existing infrastructure project. ‘Government is a continuum and we will continue with existing projects to the benefit of Lagos. Our focus remains ‘Towards a Greater Lagos: A Collective Effort’, he added.

To this end, Lagos APC deputy gubernatorial candidate said their government will would work with an acronym: ‘THEME.’ “Our Promise to Lagosians is ‘THEME Lagos.” The pillar includes traffic management and transportation; health and environment; education and technology; making Lagos a 21st Century economy; entertainment and tourism.

He stated that efforts will also be geared up towards fixing various inner roads across the state. To achieve this, Hamzat revealed that the three Asphalt plants in the state will be turned around and made ready to put people to work in order to make the roads motorable throughout the year

2019 Elections: Presidential Candidates Lay Out Parties Blueprints For Housing

Following the lacklustre performance of previous administrations on the provision of housing, specialists, groups and institutions want it to be a top issue and bigger part of the Presidential candidates’ manifestos in the next month’s election.

Concern has grown over the years about how housing costs have increased faster than wages, leaving many people to relocate to the outskirts and some taking refuge in slums. According to statistics, there is a shortage of more than 17 million homes in the country.

Hence, the assemblage of candidates to release their proposals in a town hall meeting on the state of the nation’ housing market organised by the University of Lagos through its Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development in partnership with Rowland Igbinoba Foundation for Housing and Urban Development and FESADEB Media Group.

Five presidential candidates, namely, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, Young Progressive Party (YPP), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Allied Congress party of Nigeria (ACPN), Fela Durotoye, Alliance for New Nigeria Party (ANNP) Omoyele Sowore African Action Congress (AAC) and Isaac Ositelu of the Accord Party attended the debate that attracted industry stakeholders. The major contenders – President Mohammadu Buhari of All Progressive Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) shunned the debate.

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The candidates agreed that the Land Use Act should be repealed, as it has been a clog in the wheel of housing development in the country. They also took a swipe on the mortgage sub sector, and unveiled plans to grow refinancing as well as create  market incentives that will target lower mortgages.

They also plan the declaration of a state of emergency in housing as well as creating a N1 trillion National emergency fund, that will target new initiatives for shelter for all.

Earlier, the founding director of the Lagos Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development, Prof. Timothy Nubi said housing is indeed the foundation of industrialization with great potential to resolving  unemployment and poverty dilemma in the country. Nubi stressed that the multiplier effect of any programme that delivers housing in millions can never be estimated.

Also the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof.  Oluwatoyin Ogundipe noted that with 100,000 housing units production annually,  Nigeria has  35 per cent home ownership, which is the lowest in Africa. Represented by the deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Research, Prof Wole Familoni, he expressed hope that the meeting will help to bring the nation out of the housing quagmire.

Kingsley Moghalu, YPP
“Clearly, my government as president of Nigeria will move for the repeal of the Land Use Act. The reason is that the Act might have been necessary at sometime but today, it has outlived its purpose. It has created a massive bureaucracy, conserve land titling and prevent investment with economic deficiency in the housing sector.

“The Act has trapped about N300billion doors of debt capitals in this country’s economy today because the owners of land by the state will only grant certificate of occupancy, reduces the economic scope of what individual can do with the land to raise capital if they were to hold their land.

“We will be replacing it by proposing an executive bill that makes land titling under private ownership much more efficient. That will be our approach to the Land Use Act. My government will pursue a very aggressive policy on social housing and that will be achieved by bringing innovations to housing. The Ministry of Science and Technology will be asked to develop technology that will provide social housing. We will have a serious policy on slums, we must improve our slums, create adequate water and sewage management for slums.

“The problem with mortgages in this country is that the only people who are benefiting from them are those who are already rich. The mortgage system is not addressing the need of the lower level class and the poor. We are going to add more capital for mortgage refinancing in Nigeria. I propose that the new Development Bank of Nigeria will have a N1trillion capital support to refinance projects, provide subsidised mortgage support for the poorer people in the society. I will take a more socially responsible approach to mortgage and home financing in Nigeria”.

Oby Ezekwesili, ACPN
“The core of the question on what to do with the Land Use Act. There is no doubt that it will be politically difficult to get everyone on board on the necessity to upturn that Act because of the barrier that it has created, not just for housing but every aspect of industrialisation in our country.

“The key thing is going to be to provide all the stakeholders the evidence of how this Act has limited the economy. That will be brings more people into the fold to do something about that. Having shown the evidence to the different stakeholders, the most important thing is going to be an acceleration process for actually evacuating that Act and putting in place a new system of access to land that is very transparent and very efficient.

“Housing is an important part of lifting people out of poverty. The major thing to do is to ensure that people has income that enables them to own houses on a long-term sustainable basis.

“To promote economy that enable people to earn income is fundamental. In the development of social housing, we must understand how the right policies trigger participation of the private sector in the provision of social housing. We must look at our slum environment from the perspective of income corridors to shift the way we treat the poor. We will not keep them in an environment that is detrimental to the achievement of sustainable development goals. Tackling poverty is according to research, hugely inclined to what we do in housing the poorer segment of our society.

“We need subsidization in the mortagage sector but it must be market efficient. We will shape policies that will encourage refinancing in the way that the market see the incentive for the volume of business that is supposed to target people at the bottom of the pyramid”.

Omoyele Sowore, AAC
“The Unitarism system that the military brought to Nigeria started when they smuggled the Land Use Act into the constitution in 1978. Since then this country has not witnessed any progress.

“What we need to do is to return to landownership but we must be careful not to return to the customary ownership of land that we had in Nigeria before independence in which just a few people own land to the extent that the majority are left without land.

“That Act will be expunged by the will of Nigerian people and will be replaced with a living document to the benefit of Nigerian people and that document must start through a referendum. In that document, Land Use Act will become a thing of the past and Nigerians will decide who owns lands”.

‘Government must invest to ensure that every Nigerians must be entitled to a home’.

“Our government will set side aside $3.6billion. What we should do is to turn this country into a construction site where we are building homes. We are in need of over 17 million homes. What we will do is to set the standard where a family should be entitled to a house.

“Our problem in Nigeria is that the rich which is one per cent of our population already has too many houses”.

“What we are going to do is to increase the salary of an average Nigerian worker to a minimum wage of N100, 000.00”, a minimum wage that is a living wage. I am going to make sure that an average Nigerian enjoy N2million mortgage loan every year.”

We will empower Nigerian people so that they can be able to take mortgage. We will have a policy that enables mortgages for low income workers”.

Fela Durotoye, ANNP
“My understanding of housing is best summarised in the philosophy that you either build homes or you build prisons”. For me, home ownership is one of the important things to having a sense of citizenship. In any nations where people don’t own homes, they don’t feel like being part of that country and so people relocate to other countries. One of the things that happen when people relocate is to first of all buy homes to have a sense of belonging.

“I will declare a state of emergency on housing and bring together all the stakeholders to develop a national housing vision in order to make sure that every Nigerian has access to cheap, affordable, safe, attractive and most importantly functional homes. “We will get it done by bringing together all the brilliant minds both home and in the Diasporas together and share the vision”.

“We will have a national emergency housing fund to a tune of N1trillion and we will ensure that we have what is called Collective Social Responsibility, which means that housing is not a government problem alone, but a society problem”. We will make the citizens and the private sector to work together”. If you are going to be part of our skill acquisition programme, we will provide a home for you”.

Isaac Osintelu , Accord Party
“In our four years programme, we have what is called operation access to Nigeria. Nigeria right now is not accessible because our lands are in the hands of few as cronies devised the Land Use Act. What we are going to do is through discussion and conversation with stakeholders.

We will repeal and probably replace the Act. The cost of materials for housing is one of our problems. If you are a civil servant between levels 1 to 5, you can only access less than N1million for home”.

“We will embrace social housing as well as regenerate the slums. We will not remove people and sell their houses. We will relocate people from slums and give them the right living. We will engage in serious technology and subsidize housing. Our government will earmark certain amount of money for housing and we will get the money from subsidies”.

“The mortgage system is very foreign to Nigeria and it does not work. We will incorporate housing cooperative societies into a mortgage system where the professionals in the building sector will work systematically and give the people the kind of homes they desire, in short time and with moderate prices”.

2019 Elections: Oby Ezekwesili vows to solve Nigeria’s housing problem if elected President

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Oby Ezekwesili, has vowed to solve Nigeria’s housing problem by tackling poverty.

While speaking at a town meeting with presidential candidates on the state of Nigeria’s housing market in Lagos.The former minister said housing is an important part of lifting people out of poverty.

“The major thing to do is to ensure that people have income that enables to them to be housed, or those who rent houses on a long term and sustainable basis,” she said.

The presidential candidate noted that an economy that enables improvement in income is fundamental to improving Nigeria’s housing situation.

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Ezekwesili, who has promised to lift at least 80 million Nigerians out of poverty if elected president, said the right government policies will trigger stronger participation of the private sector in the provision of social housing to the millions of homeless people in the country.

She also said slums in Nigeria are detrimental to the achievement of sustainable development goals and must be looked at from the perspective of economic corridors which will change the way poor people are treated.

“So, my final take on this is to say tackling poverty is hugely tied, according to research, to what we do with housing for the poorer segment of our society,” she concluded.

Ezekwesili also advocated for the digitisation of the procedures in the housing sector and reducing the stranglehold of bureaucracy in the housing value chain.

The former minister noted that while it might be politically-difficult to repeal Nigeria’s controversial Land Use Act of 1978 as president, she would ensure participation of all stakeholders to make them understand why the Act has limited the nation’s economy, acting as a barrier in every aspect of industrialisation.

“Having shown the evidence to the stakeholders, the most important thing is going to be an acceleration process for actually evacuating that Act and putting in place a new system of access to land that is very transparent and efficient,” she said.

The 1978 Land Use Act governs land regulation in the country and has long been criticised for vesting too much power in state governors who are responsible for allocation of land.

Attempts by previous governments to repeal the Act have failed to bear any fruits.

Other presidential candidates present at the event which took place at the University of Lagos in Yaba, are Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressive Party (YPP)Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC)Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), and Isaac Ositelu of the Accord Party (AP).

Other presidential candidates that were billed to speak at the event but failed to show up are President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC)Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Jerry Gana of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Nigerians will go to the polls to elect a new president on February 16, 2019 with Buhari and Atiku considered to be favourites to win.

 

 

 

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