SON, CORBON to collaborate and end building collapse

In a bid to check building collapse in the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has entered into partnership with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON) to end the menace.

The agreement was reached recently during a courtesy visit of the Council officials led by the Chairman, Professor Kabir Bala to the SON’s Director General, Osita Aboloma and his management in Abuja.

Investigation revealed that the agency’s readiness to cooperate with CORBON, saying that environmental issues and resource management needed to be brought to the forefront in the building and construction sector.

According to SON’s Director General, the renewed collaboration towards institutionalizing standards in the construction sector was to stem the tide of building collapse and structural failures throughout the nation.

The SON boss represented by a Director, Richard Agu, noted that the cooperation of the two organisations had helped in bringing issues and dangers of building collapse to the forefront of public discourse.

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SON, according to him, would be disposed to supporting the forthcoming 2018 builders congress through delivery of technical papers, exhibition of standards, among others.
Agu proposed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations to leverage on the extensive regulatory powers in the new SON Act 14 of 2015 in the overall interest of the nation and her citizens.

He admonished CORBON members and institutions to take advantage of SON capabilities in management systems certification of their services in quality and environment, among others.

Contributing, Director of Operations, SON, Felix Nyado, disclosed that all State offices have mobile sandcrete block testing machines for quality assurance.

He advised CORBON to also key into knowledge-sharing through more active participation in the national mirror committee for development of international standards under the auspices of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) activities relating to the building sector and environmental sustainability.

On his part, Bala who is also the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, called for high quality values at all levels by developing and implementing more technical standards for production processes in the building and construction sector.
He called for closer monitoring, control and enforcement of quality of materials through the establishment of more materials testing laboratories across the country.

“CORBON is desirous of partnering with SON in establishment and management of a database of Physical Building Resources that will provide information on location and availability of standard materials to assist builders in accessing the right materials,” he said.

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According to him, the council has developed a set of standards to enable a professional builder to effectively administer the construction processes within budget limits, time, and specified quality.

The CORBON Chairman stated that the Building Production Management Standards which are to ensure the success of building production process are segmented into construction, project quality management, health and safety programmes and construction methodology.

Amaka Simon – The Guardian

Collapsed Building: AMMC to start investigations

Umar Shuaibu, Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, says investigations will commence immediately on the collapsed Jabi building.

Shuaibu said this when he briefed newsmen at the site of the collapsed building on Saturday in Abuja.

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He noted that only six persons had been rescued with various degrees of injuries and had been rushed to a nearby hospital, with one death recorded so far.


The coordinator described the incidence as unfortunate and assured that adequate measures would be taken to prevent any future occurrence.
He said: “This is an accident. What happened is an unfortunate incidence. We have this kind of building collapse occurrence all over the world, not only in Nigeria.
“We are going to start our investigations now; we are going to take adequate measures to prevent any future occurrence.
“We have passed the first phase, the next phase is evacuating these rubbles and we implore the general public not to be here.

“There are so many scavengers around, so we are going to instruct security agencies that anybody they catch around this area should be arrested.”
He, however, noted that all the stakeholders worked overnight to ensure lives were saved and not a single soul was buried under the rubbles.
He commended stakeholders for their quick action to tackle the situation.
Shuaibu said: “We worked overnight with all floodlights, with all equipment, you can see it.


“We were able to bring out everything and found out that there is no single soul buried under this rubble.
“We had machines that helped and did professional job.”
Eze Celestine, member, Architects Association of Nigeria, said that the professional bodies were concerned about the incidence of collapsed buildings in the country.
Celestine advised that there should be relevant professionals in every construction site in the country, not just anybody, to ensure the environment is safe for all concerned.

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Celestine said: “In any construction site in Nigeria not only Abuja, there should be a regulatory industry personnel.
“Not where anybody will come and claim that he is an architect, engineer or a builder. The enforcement has to be stronger.”

The Eagle Online

NBRRI COMMENTS ON JABI BUILDING COLLAPSE

 

Yesterday Friday 17th August 2018 at about 14.00hrs or 2pm, NBRRI was alerted about a building collapse at IT Igbani/NBRRI road, Off Obafemi Awolowo road, Jabi – Abuja. Because we have continuously used this route to the new NBRRI Head Office and Abuja Laboratories at 10 IT Igbani/NBRRI road, we have seen the structure always but since it is no one’s business to stray into someone else’s premises, it barely caught anyone’s attention.

On getting to Site at about 2.15pm, we noticed the building in a pile of rubble with rescue workers that arrived earlier struggling to remove debris to rescue lives with hand and crude tools. We sympathize with the families of those who lost loved ones and pray for speedy recovery of those injured.

The building is a framed structure of 4-storeys which had been left temporarily abandoned for some 15-years, so we learnt. This year there was resumption of construction work on Site which had been ongoing at the time of collapse. Our clear unequivocal opinions based on visual and physical inspections at the fresh accident Site are:

1. Based on the length of time that the structure was left abandoned, resumption of work on Site should have been preceded by integrity tests and some remediation done on concrete elements whose concrete deteriorated under years of carbonation resulting in the leaching out of bonding mortar.
2. As the electronic media (television and social network) would have captured in their recordings, there has been total disintegration and dissociation of concrete from the steel reinforcements pointing to a notion that the concrete used was weak and did not develop sufficient bond to act in unison as a composite single element to resist relative sliding between steel and concrete.

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3. Incidentally some NBRRI Staff have said they had taken note of the unusually slender column support elements and that these were being knocked recklessly with no due regard to their functions that could impair their load carrying capacity and induce a collapse at any time.
4. NBRRI in many previous reports has highlighted the unprofessional use of sandcrete blocks to beef up columns and beams in their structural roles. It has worked but is not necessary and in this building, a pure structural framing construction was commendably done but unfortunately structurally incompetent leading to failure.
5. Because of rescue operations, NBRRI has no way of inspecting the foundations to ascertain if they have a blame in the failure. In due course, attempts will be made to inspect the foundations and form an opinion.
6. There was evidence of both fresh and new concrete on site inferring that work was ongoing at the time of construction. Unfortunately, both hardened and fresh concrete spilled and disintegrated during collapse.

7. The Director of Development Control of FCT was present on Site and was advised to arrest the Owner of the Building as well as the Contractor and Professional team of Architects, Builders and Engineers, if they exist at all, because some Building Owners are their own engineers relying heavily on quackery for implementation.
8. NBRRI has a 5-story building not far from the collapsed Site and a lot of care was taken when construction was restarted after 12-years of abandonment to inject fresh cement mortar into all concrete elements including floors and beams to rejuvenate lost capacity resulting from years of carbonation and leaching of mortar.

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9. Every Site abandoned for years must be reassessed, redesigned and the structural competency assured before resumption of further construction.
10. NBRRI experience has revealed that Building Service Workers for Electricity, Water and Sewage Disposal as well as ICT lines are very unsympathetic to structural integrity. They drill small and large holes through very sensitive and intensely loaded beams and columns with no idea that it could collapse on them because they are undermining stability. They undermine foundations for services and weaken footings through ground softening by directing precipitation to excavations beneath buildings with no idea what dangers their activities pose.
11. A journalist asked me whether this has not represented failure on our part for past efforts and I told him a definite NO because our interventions over the years have produced numerous results.
12. Even though we must develop zero-tolerance to Building, Bridge collapses and Road failures, nonetheless the last Building collapse recorded in Abuja is some 4-years ago somewhere in Gwarinpa Extension or thereabouts which we investigated. Building collapses have gone down from 33no in one year (2012) in Lagos and 22no in Abuja in 2012 to almost zero. This is the first collapse brought to NBRRI attention this year in Nigeria.


13. The supervision of buildings is the square responsibilities of Municipal Development Control departments in cities and states who must be on their toes in regulating development as well as actively punishing offenders to act as deterrent for the future.
13. NBRRI and R&D outfits, especially Universities, and Professional Regulators such as COREN, ARCON, TOPREC, etc, are available to control practice and to provide scientific, technical and professional benchmarking for guidance. It is up to Municipal Control Authorities to institute checks and balances for practice within their domains, be it in Abuja, Lagos, Jos, Kano, Portharcout, Onitsha or any place in this country at all.
14. It is important to advice all developers to harness and use the services of intelligent and experienced registered professionals on their structures and avoid cutting corners in reinforcements and concreting; but most importantly to ensure that the foundations are properly designed and constructed based on proper field investigations. Using good artisans and craftsmen that are well informed, which comes primarily at the construction stage, is also useful because they could raise alert at flaws in design and construction sequence, procedure and optimal use of materials to avert shoddy works.

15. Government, Private Investors and all should strive to support more funding support for R&D, especially to take NBRRI to a pinnacle of service and contribution to raising construction and the built environment to making Nigeria an autonomous, giant and proud economy amongst the comity of nations worldwide. Thank you.

Engr Professor Danladi S MATAWAL, fnse, faeng, fnice.
Director-General/CEO, Nigerian Building & Roads Research Institute, NBRRI-FMST, Abuja.

Building collapses at Jabi, Abuja leaving casualties

 

Reports reaching HousingNews that a building located at Jabi junction, close to a popular Rukkayat plaza in the Nigerian capital has collapsed.

The incident occurred at about 2:00pm today while workers were still at the building.


It was gathered that those trapped include workers, children and food vendors.

It was also gathered that eight people have been rescued. Among those rescued was the site engineer who had his two legs broken.

One person has been reported dead while at least 10 others are trapped in the rubble of the three-storey shopping complex under construction.

 

Many of the victims are still communicating with their phones under the rubble however; the only escalator being used is too small.

Information gathered reveals that the building had been abandoned for 15 years, but contractors were recently mobilized to the site.

At the time of this report, rescue operations by officials of the FCT Fire Service and National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) were still ongoing.

 

Pictures from the sites are as shown below

The total number of casualty is yet to be ascertained.

‘Nigeria loses N126.2b on abandoned FG properties in Lagos’

The Federal Government has again been charged to either concession or sell all its buildings that are not being utilized across the country to private investors in order to forestall further deterioration as a result of continued abandonment.

A Professor of Building, Prof. Olumide Afolarin Adenuga, who gave the charge in his inaugural lecture at the J.F Ade Ajayi Memorial Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka, on Wednesday, said, N126.2 billion revenue have been lost since 2006 on the Federal Government properties in Lagos State alone, because the government have refused to either sell or concession the assets.

Adenuga, a professor of building management lamented that the nation have been hemorrhaging as a result of the neglect of the buildings, warning that the huge economic benefits of these iconic structures would continue to elude the nation if the government continue to ignore the need to restore them to beneficial use for Nigerians. The university don who said maintenance is as old as creation, said man have had to contend with managing his space and the ecosystem since he abandoned a wandering lifestyle to adopt a settled life, pointing out that maintenance was responsible for increased lifespan of structures such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Papal States in the Vatican City, The White House in the United States and the Golden Temples, and other monuments, most of which have been kept in same serviceable condition as they were at the time of their construction.

For him, it is regrettable that many of the nation’s iconic assets, which were pleasant to look at, at the time of their construction, had been allowed to degenerate due to lack of maintenance and planned repairs that could have reversed the trend and turned them into positive economic assets. “It is a glaring fact that our buildings are in very poor and deplorable conditions of structures and decorative disrepair, abandoned and reduced more or less to refuse dumps and natural homes for rodents and vermins in spite of billions of Naira spent to build and commission them.”

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Adenuga listed among such assets wasting away in Lagos State to include; the National Stadium, Surulere, the Federal Secretariat Complex, Ikoyi, The Nigerian Eternal Telecommunications (NET) building, Marina, the Defence House (formerly Independence Building), and the former NAVY Headquarters building in Marina. Other buildings according to him are: the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, former National Assembly complex, Tafawa Balewa Square, and the Supreme Court building among others.

He said: “All these buildings are in deplorable states of structural and decorative repairs because we do not have any maintenance culture, a fact which manifests in the general apathy for maintenance coupled with ignorance on the part of occupiers of the benefits of planed preventive maintenance and care of buildings.”

According to him, the cumulative potential economic loss at the National Stadium alone, between 2004 to date, is about N52.6 billion, while the Federal Secretariat, which has been overgrown with weeds and is now home to reptiles and rodents, could have been yielded over N72 billion, if it had been converted to luxury residential apartments as proposed by Resort international Limited since 2006, while the 32-storey NET building with about 720 sq. metres of lettable space could have attracted over N1.6 billion in rent annually if well maintained and optimally utilised.

He said apart from the loss of the huge revenue which could have been ploughed back into provision of social amenities for Nigerians, the 480 units of luxury residential apartments being proposed by RIL could have contributed to reducing the shortfall in the nation’s housing stock. “Because of their present deplorable state, these once iconic structures have become a nuisance not only to the city of Lagos and her residents, but is also a source of economic loss arising from abandonment and gross under-utilisation,” he added.

He said since it hardly feasible to construct buildings that are maintenance free, it is desirable for experts to think of building maintenance projections even at the design stage to reduce the cost of maintenance work throughout the lifespan of a building.

“All elements of buildings deteriorate at a greater or lesser rate depending on the materials used, methods of construction, environmental conditions, and the use of the building,” he said.

To reverse the trend of improper maintenance of public or private properties, Adenuga recommended a formulation and formalization of regular minimum repair programme, regular and effective inspection of all the fabrics of the buildings, including their sorroundings, as well as the comfort of the occupants to detect signs of disrepair, prompt attention to repair needs of buildings, to prevent further deterioration in order to keep the buildings in acceptable standards.

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He canvassed planned preventive maintenance, which according to him are best accommodated at the design and construction stages of building development, even as he urged occupiers of buildings to be adequately educated to report, as soon as noticed, defects for prompt maintenance even as he charge them to use the property in such a way as to keep them in good tenantable conditions.

He canvassed that occupiers of public properties should be responsible for repairs and maintenance of the properties, the avoidance of deliberate alterations, which may lead to immediate or eventual decline in the state and aesthetic value of property, the standardization of building components.

He added that property owners, both private and public, should guide against overcrowding which may result in over-use of facilities and undue pressure on sanitary facilities.

Adenuga, a product of the polytechnic system, who described the lecture as his debt to academic and scholarship, is the second professor to have given his inaugural lecture in the Department of Building and the ninth professor in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the University of Lagos.

Adeyinka Aderibigbe

Cosgrove: Bridging Gap in Pan-African Housing Deficit

Cosgrove Investment Limited, a real estate development and general construction company, is fast changing the narrative and bridging the gap in the pan-African housing deficit.

The firm is also unlocking value for all for stakeholders. And in the next five years it hopes to be a dominant player in the Nigerian and West African real estate market.

The Head of Sales & Allocations at Cosgrove, Sakana Dikko Philip, said the company is focused on developing opportunities both in Nigeria’s and West Africa’s real estate markets – across construction, management and investing.

“We leverage years of hand on experience to provide: real estate development; infrastructure and general construction; investment, management and advisory services and structural restoration services.

‘’Our core target consists of fist-time home buyers, ROI seeking investors, cooperative societies, government organizations as well as indigenous and multinational corporations seeking tailored housing and investment.

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‘’Cosgrove focuses on creating sustainable family friendly communities with stunning ambience of luxury. These are typically in high demand and have demonstrated high Return on Investment (ROI) for both investors and home.’’

A real estate development and general construction company with the headquarters in the nation’s capital, Abuja that is focusing on offering top quality housing solutions for specific markets in Nigeria and West Africa, its services suggest that the company is delivering on tailored services with a level of ‘’professionalism and reliability’’ equal to the best international developments.

From the mission statement to the core values of the organisation, at the heart of Cosgrove is a bottomless guarantee to delivering on a unbroken and forthright experience for each and every of its customer, believing that this is essential to positioning the Cosgrove brand as a true leader and innovator in its market segment.
‘’The companies that own the future are those that look forward, anticipating market needs, trends and technology; using them to create the best products and services’’, the company stated.

‘’Cosgrove is committed to building homes that are sustainably ready for tomorrow’s technology – from simple automation and energy efficiency, to full on smart home capabilities – yet are also aesthetically pleasing and practical in today’s world.’’

The company added its unique set of ‘’technical and business expertise’’ allows its team to design, develop and deliver homes, offices and entire gated communities that come ready with the infrastructure needed to enable ‘’smart living’’, while individual buyers then have the option of simply connecting or upgrading their pre-wired (smart) homes when they are ready.

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With features like metered gas to every home; integrated high-speed broadband fibber-optic internet connectivity in its built houses, they ensure that residing in a Cosgrove community gives a taste of life as it should be lived.  ‘’At Cosgrove, we believe buildings have the capacity to make a major contribution to a more sustainable future for our planet. This is why in the design, construction and management of our buildings, we strive for maximum economic efficiency’’, the company stated.

‘’Cosgrove seamlessly integrates, manages and implements projects right from creation to completion and at every stage in-between. We are deeply invested in understanding our customers’ goals and in developing the most appropriate and rewarding ways to realize them. Another core offering from Cosgrove is the provision of world-class, high-quality scalable infrastructure for both private and public projects.’’

In addition to its real estate business, Cosgrove also undertakes general construction work; leveraging a strong network of suppliers, vendors and hands on experience in construction in various parts of the country, and providing turnaround services for private firms, institutions and corporate bodies, while also focusing on transforming dormant or non-performing assets into viable sources of revenue; for instance, hotels, let-table spaces or housing solutions.

It boasted that its unique service enables the company’s partners to harness untapped revenue streams and increases its overall Return On Investment (ROI), while carefully analysing the potential of any property – built or otherwise – and armed with insight into emerging trends across Nigeria’s socio-economic landscape, which enables it perform turnaround services that transform ‘’even dogs into cash cow.’’

From its many services, Cosgrove also offers specialised investment vehicles and advisory services to select clients, while the experience and skills of its team give the management access to major deals and opportunities in the real estate sector.

Cosgrove’s Head of Sales and Allocation added, ‘’Our team of experts also offer informed advice to institutions, cooperatives and multinationals seeking viable opportunities and solid Return on Investment.

“At Cosgrove we bring a unique set of skills, along with intimate knowledge of local market conditions to bear on identifying opportunities: minimizing risk and maximizing the upside when it comes to investing in real estate. This is what we offer our partners and clients.’’

The Cosgrove core team consists of highly respected individuals with years of experience and solid reputation built on professionalism, integrity and commitment to delivering value for all stakeholders.

The Cosgrove Founder, Umar Abdullahi, comes with over 15 years varied experience in Real Estate Development, Investment and Financial Services. Also doubled as the CEO of the company, Umar served as the pioneer Managing Director of Brains & Hammers Ltd for eight years.

He is reputed to have directed the foundations for the company’s success, and spearheaded the conceptualisation, development, construction and management of a myriad of housing estates and gated communities. Umar is particularly adept at managing complex projects and diverse teams.

For instance, most recently, under his leadership, the Kano Economic City — a N167 billion joint venture project between Brains & Hammers and the Kano State Government, was said to have been consummated. He also brings extensive experience from his corporate banking background, as well as expertise in negotiations with a commitment to compliance with corporate governance and fiscal discipline.

Described as an “astute leader, whose vision is achieving Cosgrove’s strategic business goals,’’ his multi-coloured international executive leadership training programs, is said to have equipped him for his role in steering Cosgrove to achieve its long-term vision.

A graduate of Bayero University, Kano, and an alumnus of Cranfild University, UK; Umar attends the Harvard Business School Executive Programs.

Another human capital asset of Cosgrove is Elizabeth Taylor, the Chief Operating Officer of the company. An Arch Bishop Tutu Fellow of the African Leadership Institute, she is seen as a business strategist with proven strength tactically executing strategy and delivering on organizational goals.

Said to be believed in the combined of role people driven tactics and systems in delivering excellence to all stakeholders, after a multidisciplinary role spanning nearly 16 years, she is reputed to know what truly drives business process, customer engagement and strategy. From her profile, Taylor strengths include knowledge management, business management, people management, customer relationship management and more.

An accomplished people developer and trainer with a unique method for creating high performing teams, she is an alumnus of the Said Business School Leadership program — with African Leadership Institute and Wharton Business School Real Estate program on Housing Finance & Securitization.

In addition to her extensive multidisciplinary experience, Taylor is also a certified customer service strategist and coach; she is also a published author. She is a Business Administration graduate of University of Abuja, with an MSc in Knowledge Management from the Aberdeen Business School.

Engr. Baba Kalli heads the technical department of Cosgrove as the Chief Technical Officer. A graduate of Civil and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Maiduguri, Kalli brings over 20 years of experience in the Real Estate & Construction Industry – Designing, Constructing and Managing both Public and Private projects across Nigeria.

He has served as Director Technical Operations of BCals Resources Ltd. He led the design and construction of various projects including the Oando Nig. Plc. Maitama; BBC Media Office Abuja; Yakubu Gowon Centre in Kumasi Crescent, National Diary Development Commission Headquarters, Abuja; First Shopping Plaza for Jabire Nig. Ltd., Abuja, among many other highly regarded projects.

Preceding to this he also served as a Principal Engineer and later Consultant to Futune Niger Limited leading the construction of several Turnkey projects including the NIPC building Maitama, Abuja; NSITF office at Wuse 2, Abuja; BUA Estate Asokoro, Abuja; and the British Preparatory School Wuse 2, Abuja.

A registered member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Kalli is also a seasoned infrastructure and real estate consultant with a vast network of contacts across virtually every aspect of the real estate industry.

With a dedicated Project Management Team, Cosgrove’s delivery starts from identifying suitable high value parcels of land, hands-on environmentally conscious and future-ready design, construction and development; culminating in proactive facility management.

Iyobosa Uwugiaren

Election, Policy Inconsistency May Upset Foreign Investments In Nigeria’s Property

Lagos – Report from analysts have indicated that ahead of the 2019 elections, pre-election uncertainties with its attendant inconsistencies in government policies are threatening foreign investors’ confidence in the real estate sector.

Their observation showed that as predicted and hoped for in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, the economy regained some lost momentum in the second quarter of 2018, with the purchasing manager’s index (PMI) hitting a new record high in May, as oil prices remained firm in April and May and inflation dropped steadily to its lowest rate since Q1 2016 to 11.23 per cent in June.

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For instance, they disclosed that while there has been a marginal increase in transaction rates in the Lagos office market, many transactions still fail to conclude, primarily due to high initial cost. The increase, according to analysts is as a result of slow increase in the demands for prime office space with a lot of inquiries being received for vacant spaces, thus providing some welcome relief to a sector that has struggled with high vacancy rates and an oversupply of office spaces in the last four years.

There were said to be new entrants into the market with some notable business relocations by some multi-nationals to prime office spaces in Ikoyi and Victoria Island (some top indigenous companies were also said to move to their newly constructed office buildings.

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“These, coupled with notable reduction in energy costs experienced by tenants in the LEED certified Heritage Place and increased interest in co-working space will no doubt be welcome news to a beleaguered sector. Asking rents for annual prime office spaces in Ikoyi and Victoria Island have largely remained stable at $700 and $600 respectively.
“However, as we continue to hear of rental concessions still being given, note various building projects such as Desiderata, Kingsway Towers, Madina, Cornerstone and Grey Stone Towers, nearing completion, and have noted the refurbishment of a couple of Grade B buildings, (the iconic IMB Plaza to name just one), it is expected that the office sector will receive over 50,000m2 of new office space in 2018 alone, further adding downward pressure to asking rental prices in the prime sub-markets of Ikoyi and Victoria Island.”

According to the report, the wider retail industry is rebounding and vacancy rates in many malls improving from lows to 30-60 per cent to 60 to 80 per cent. The asking rentals for the big malls which are still largely US$ denominated, have remained stable through Q2 2018 with many tenants adjusting to the current state of the economy and keeping up better with payments. This, they said, may not be unconnected with rental discounts and concessions granted by landlords such as fixed exchange rates for US$ denominated rents.

For smaller centres, there has been an increase in new entrants in Q2 2018, especially along the Lekki corridor which has helped to boost the retail industry, with a lot of retailers expanding to take up spaces in newly built and well located, smaller neighbourhood retail centres.
“Another (somewhat disturbing), trend we noted is the conversion of residential buildings on major streets to small shopping centres catering largely to small retailers serving to completely change the look and feel of hitherto residential neighbourhood; places like Surulere and Ikeja come to mind.

“In the short to medium term, we expect that the larger malls will continue to strive to differentiate themselves from their smaller neighbours by seeking to create a more memorable shopping and entertainment experience for customers.”

Other observations made by the analysts include stagnation in the industrial real estate sector, as rentals have remained largely stable in this sector; as well as an increased in demands for short-let apartments, in spite of the challenging economic environment.

 

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FG builds 26,002 houses with N197bn

The Federal Government has announced that a total of N197bn has been spent on the construction of 26,002 houses across the country adding that part of the funds was also used for the renovation of 13,953 homes nationwide.

Ahmed Dangiwa, the Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, disclosed this at an event in Abuja, stating that the Federal Government was committed to affordable housing for citizens, but noted that funding and access to land title and the cost of infrastructure still remains a major challenge affecting the sector.

Dangiwa said the FMBN had plans to roll out several products that would enhance home affordability, eliminate down payments and other costs associated to mortgage loan arrangements within the third quarter of this year.

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According to him, the bank’s plans were targeted at various housing estates currently being constructed, adding that the projects were expected to inject over 2,000 housing units into the housing stock by 2020.

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He further stated that, “The Rent-to-Own product designed to enhance affordability by eliminating the need for down payments and other costs associated with normal mortgage loan arrangements has also been approved and set to be rolled out within the third quarter of 2018.”

 

Wilson Ifeoma

Lagos Urges Compliance With Physical Planning Laws

The Lagos State Government has called on all property owners and developers to ensure compliance with the physical planning laws in the state.

Citing Land Use Act of 1978 and the physical planning law 2010, Mr. Funmi Osifuye, General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), lamented on the nonchalant attitude of some stakeholders to physical planning and development in the state. He said the state would no longer fold its arms and watch residents and investors hurting the state’s physical development master’s plan.

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According to him, with the provisions in the Land Use Act, the state is empowered to take custody of all landed property and housing developments within its jurisdiction. Osifuye said that every private building (residential or commercial purposes) and the Federal Government acquisitions within the state fall under the purview of the Lagos State Government.

Quoting Osifuye, he said “every developer or property owner in the state must comply with the specifications of the state government’s Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.”
“LASPPPA, in conjunction with the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), have statutory right over all Federal Government property acquisitions within the state.

“The issue was taken to court during the administration of the former governor, Babatunde Fashola and Lagos State Government won… In line with the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010, it was then established that every property certification issued by the Federal Government before 2003 remains valid, while subsequent certification, validation and regularization will be done through the state government.”

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“It stands that Lagos State Government has the responsibility to safeguard lives and property in the state, irrespective of private or Federal Government acquisition, and also collects revenues therein,” he said.

Osifuye noted that the Land Use Act of 1978 stated that every land in a state solely belongs to the governor. “For instance, if there is incidence of fire outbreak, natural disaster or building collapse in a Federal Government Estate within a state, will the government at the centre deploy fire officers from the Federal Capital Territory to calm the situation?

“Is it not the state government that will immediately send the responsible authorities to save lives and property and equally restore peace to the estate?” he demanded.

Osifuye urged Lagos residents to contact either the agency’s district office or head office whenever notices for auditing of buildings, contraventions such as illegal conversion or non- compliance with approved permit is served. “This is necessary to avert loss of fund through payments to the wrong person, quacks and impersonators.
“The agency’s monitoring officials in the field are not supposed to collect payments of any kind from the developers or owners of property.Every transaction is done through the banks, in connection with the Head or District offices, where it will be duly receipted”, Osifuye said.

He warned the public to be wary of those claiming to be staff of the state government saying that, the monitoring officials can be redeployed at any time, and anybody can pose as a member of staff of LASBCA or LASPPPA.

Lagos Demolishes 2-Storey Building, As Thugs Attack Officials, Vandalise Vehicles

Kazeem Ugbodaga

Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, on Thursday demolished a two-storey building under construction in Mushin area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

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Irked by the demolition, thugs in the area attacked government officials, who were escorted to the area by police officers, and vandalised six vehicles.

The attackers broke several windscreens, side mirrors and other vehicles parts with stones and even blocked the road with a Toyota Camry daring the government officials to leave the area.

During the attack, a cameraman with the Lagos State television received a deep cut in his hand with blood gushing out.

The police were able to salvage the situation without shooting or using teargas.

The government officials demolished the building located at No. 77 Ogunmokun Street, Mushin with a bulldozer as the owner had no building permit.

The owner of the building was said to have been served stop work notice since January, but continued illegal development of the property.

Also, 11 other buildings were sealed by LASBCA in Mushin. The affected structures had no building permit and other documents.

General Manager, LASBCA, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde had said it was no longer going to be business as usual as government was determined to get rid of illegal development across the state and stem the tide of collapsed buildings.

“Before now, we have been civil in our enforcement, but the developers have remained recalcitrant by continuing in their illegal development. Most of these developers don’t have submission talk less of having permits,” he said.

Shodeinde added that whenever a building had been shutdown, the agency’s officials toke the building so that their owners would come forward to regularize their papers, as well as pay the necessary fines.

According to him, LASBCA should not be running after illegal developers if they did the right thing by obtaining their building permits and submitting other documents for approval.

“Most of these illegal developments were done at night with substandard materials being used. They don’t get the needed permit or follow due process before erecting them,” he said.

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Shodeinde called on Lagosians to report any illegal development in their domains to LASBCA for prompt action in order to avert building collapse.

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