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Security, Infrastructure, Jobs Top Nigerians’ Demand From Incoming Govs

Ahead of the inauguration of governors-elect in 29 states of the federation on May 29, 2019, Nigerians have set agenda for the state chief executives. Governorship elections were not held in Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Kogi, Ondo, and Osun states during the 2019 general elections because the tenure of the incumbent governors had not expired.

Prominent among the citizens’ demands from the incoming governors are adequate security,  infrastructure, more jobs, and affordable housing. Others are quality healthcare services, education, women and youth empowerment, and soft loans. In a nationwide interview conducted by LEADERSHIP Weekend on their agenda from both the new governors and others re-elected for a second term, Nigerians charged them to rally round all the security agencies to tackle the security challenges facing the country.

They lamented that there was no part of the country again where the citizens sleep with their two eyes closed because of the activities of kidnappers, bandits, Boko Haram insurgents, armed robbers, and cultists. According to them, they expect the incoming governors to use their first 100 days in office to hit the ground running by sending a strong message to criminals across the country that it won’t be business as usual for them again.

 

Mr. Gideon Jomun, a graduate and an indigene of Benue State said that the best legacies Governor Samuel Ortom can leave at the end of his eight-year rule is to quickly address his poor performance during the first term by collaborating with security forces top make Benue safe, tackle the widespread unemployment in the state by empowering women and youths with skills and loans.

He said that the people need jobs because the only thriving industry in the state is Okada riding (commercial motorcycling). This has resulted in urban migration, he said, adding that governor should also pay the workers’ salaries and pensions. Dr. Abigail Ubah called for improved healthcare services while Christian Osante, CEO, Bridgetown Integrated Solutions, want security prioritised.

Beat Al-Makura’s Record, Nasarawa People Tell Sule Residents in Nasarawa State said that the new governor, Abdullahi Alhaji Sule, who was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), should not think that running the state would be a tea party, considering the humongous challenges before him.

They charged him to perform better than the outgoing governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who they noted executed several projects and infrastructure. In spite of Al-Makura performance, the people said that Sule must revive the Nasarawa On The Move public transport agency which in the past generated huge revenue for the state. “

The incoming governor must revive the once most vibrant transport company in the country to prove that he is a businessman,” Yakubu Adamu said. On his part, Alhaji Mahmmud, an APC stakeholder, tasked the new governor to ensure that his commissioners present their workplan with an inbuilt targeting system that must be reported upon weekly or bi-weekly at the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting.

APC youth leader in the state, Mohammed Ayitogo, said that like other states in the country, Nasarawa has a vibrant teeming population of youths and asked Sule to harness their potential in agriculture, sports, ICT, entertainment and others. Mrs. Olubumi Daniel, a pharmacist said that the incoming government should correct the mistakes of the past governments by providing a congenial working environment for medical professionals to work.

Bala Mohammed Tasked On Youth Empowerment, Inclusive Govt In Bauchi State, a human rights activist, Mbami Sabka wants incoming governor Bala Mohammed to run an inclusive government in appointments and job creation. He said that there should be an effective youth empowerment programme to reduce the crime rate in the state. Sabka who interfaces with prison inmates through his Prison Inmates Development Initiatives (PIDI), explained that white collar jobs had become a mirage hence the governor-elect should ensure that the youths are actively engaged. For Mahmuda Danliti, the new government should empower the youths to guard against idleness.

Danliti, a tricycle rider, lamented that many youths who have graduated from schools have no jobs. He, therefore, wants the incoming administration to provide employment for them so that violence and other criminal activities can be reduced. Katsina Stakeholders Want Special Focus On Security Experts, trade unionists, and others in Katsina State have asked re-elected governor Aminu Masari to squarely face the security challenges and speedily implement the new minimum wage of N30,000.

Comrade Kabir Garba Matazu, former deputy secretary-general of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), said that the worrisome security situation in the state must not be toyed with and that the take-off of the new wage must not be delayed. Matazu said: “Out of the problems that cut across almost all the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, the foremost is insecurity. There is a need for collaboration between Katsina State and the federal government “to ensure that there is relative peace because without peace nothing works.”

The former chairman of Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, Katsina State and former chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Alhaji Lawal Zingina, enjoined Masari to continue to build on the solid foundation his administration had laid in education, agriculture, health and security sectors. Dr. Lolu Ademoye of Family Care Hospital said that there should be more funding for the health sector especially as many people were dying from diseases and sicknesses that are presentable.

Borno Stakeholders Wants Adequate Security, Workers’ Welfare Stakeholders in Borno State have urged the incoming administration of Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum to consolidate on the achievements of Governor Kashim Shettima in the areas of security, human capital development and the resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). A human rights activist, Hamsatu Alamin called for synergy between the state government and the federal government to end the over 10-year Boko Haram insurgency which has impoverished the people of the state.

She lamented that some displaced persons including children orphaned by the terrorists were still wallowing in pains with no hope in sight for them. The newly-elected state chairman of the NLC, Comrade Bulama Abiso, urged the new governor to go back to the drawing board on the welfare of workers.

Abiso said that the story of workers in the state is one of mixed feelings of joy, sadness, noting that while workers were joyous for getting the N18,000 minimum wage, some were yet to benefit from the package. ‘el-Rufai Must Tackle Insecurity, Unemployment, Poverty In Kaduna’ A Kaduna-based legal practitioner, Abuul Hiifan, has appealed to returning governor Nasir el-Rufai to immediately address insecurity, unemployment, and poverty in the state.

Abuul also tasked him to boost internally-generated revenue for self-reliance than relying on federal allocations. Also, Barr. Suleiman Ahmed Akasawua, national chairman of NPC and president, Democracy Dividends Development Initiatives, charged the governor to tackle the disunity in the state. Citizens Seek Better Business Environment In Kebbi In the next four years, the people of Kebbi State want returning governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to create a more conducive atmosphere for business to thrive in the state.

A businessman in Kebbi, Alhaji Umar Yalli, who sells communication gadgets/recharge cards in the state capital asked the governor to explore more investment sources to develop the hide and skin sector. Yalli said that the state was blessed with abundant livestock and its products hence the need to take advantage of it for the benefit of the people. ‘’If Bagudu can replicate what is happening in Aba, I mean to construct a similar leather factory in the state, it will certainly help in boosting the economy of the state and providing jobs to our teaming unemployed youths,” he said.

A prominent politician and chairman of Kebbi APC Elders’ Forum, Alhaji Sani Hukuma Zauro, implored the governor-elect to invest in human resources and appoint people of integrity to help him deliver on his mandate to people during his second tenure. He said that the only way the state could develop rapidly was by getting people who are trusted, hardworking and innovative to form the new government. Tambuwal’s Govt Too Elitist, Say Artisans, Others Scores of professionals and artisans in Sokoto State have asked re-elected governor Aminu Tambuwal, to do better in his second term by promoting good governance.

They urged him to change his governance principle from what they termed “elitist mentality and undue protocols” by allowing the led to have more access to him. Also, majority of the workers in the state said that though Tambuwal has tried in salary payment, they, however, admonished him to consider the implementation of the new minimum wage of N30,000. The artisans and laymen took a swipe at the governor’s approach to governance and lamented that his government is not impacting them like his predecessors.

Agriculture, Industries Deserve Special Attention In Imo In Imo State, Chief Nwadiuto Nnakwe Ubaruo, an Owerri-based businessman said that the recession occasioned by the global economic downturn is still affecting businesses and state affairs. He said:  “I expect the governor-elect, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, to put smiles on the faces of Imolites by putting food on the tables of these embattled class of people.

 

“Our agricultural sector should be revived and genuinely interested farmers given the necessary incentives to go into intensive and extensive farming,” he said. Nze Benson Nkwachukwu Ugwegbulem, a school teacher said that “the governor-elect should create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, adding that the state’s school system needs a surgical operation to promote qualitative teaching and learning.”

Chief Nehemiah Iwuchukwu Ohadinjo, a lawyer, asked Ihedioha to establish factories and industries in the state, operate sound economic policies and bring in experts into strategic sectors to boost the economy. Deltans Challenge Okowa On Education, Others For re-elected governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, NUT chairman, Comrade Titus Okotie, said that he should motivate the teachers to give their best. He said: “Another area is university graduates teaching in primary schools. We want a situation during the governor’s second term that justice and fair play reign; that where everyone will be compensated according to his or her qualifications.

University graduate-teachers in primary schools should be promoted beyond Level 13 and it should not be a selective exercise. Comrade Sheriff Mulade, an environmental activist, said: “We have a slogan for Okowa’s second term and that is ‘Okowa for Cleaner Delta,’ because when you go round Delta State, especially the major cities, Asaba, Kwale, Agbor, Ughelli, Sapele, Warri, Oghara, they do not show that we are environmentally conscious. Our environment is not friendly.” A youth leader, Ozofere Andrew, said: “We advise him not to embark on discriminating governance, he should run an inclusive government.” Cross Riverians Demand Equity, Fairness From Gov Ayade Mr.

Clarkson Otu, a lawyer and chairman of the Cross River State chapter of Trade Union Congress (TUC) called on Governor Ben Ayade to ensure equity, social justice, and fairness in the distribution of the common wealth instead of a few enjoying it while the majority wallow in abject poverty. Clarkson also asked the re-elected governor not to borrow for the construction of a superhighway because it is not important to the state now, Dr.  Margaret Arop, a medical doctor said that Ayade should solve the problems of workers’ gratuities and promotions seriously. She sought special treatment for medical practitioners to boost their morale and ensure effective service delivery.

 

To Joy Nsan, a teacher, Ayade should with no further delay implement the N30,000 new minimum wage. Enugu, Oyo Electorate Plead For Loans, Improved IGR In an interview with LEADERSHIP Weekend in Enugu, the programme coordinator of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Mr. Kindness Jonah, said that agriculture is one of the pivotal issues that should be looked into by the governor-elect. He advised the re-elected governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to find out the problems facing the sector and tackle them so that agriculture would occupy its rightful position in the state.

A businessman, Mr. Ikechukwu Agu, urged the governor to further provide soft loans for businessmen and women in the state. A cross section of residents of Oyo State has appealed to the governor-elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde, to base his economic blueprint on how to improve on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

A political analyst, Olusola Ogundele, said that the promised free education, free medical services and other basic needs for the people by politicians during electioneering had become unfulfilled, as most of them could not raise the money to implement them. He, therefore, called on the incoming governor to think outside the box to generate the money to finance his projects and programmes. Barr.

Olatunde Ademola said that the outgoing government had laid a solid foundation for modern Oyo State and urged Makinde to raise the bar in infrastructural development. An educationist, Mrs. Abimbola Aweda, said that the development of the education sector would lead to the development of other sectors, and appealed to the governor-elect to increase the sectoral allocation to meet the standard set by UNESCO Lagos Physically-challenged Begs Sanwo-Olu For Assistance The National Association of Persons Living With Disabilities (NAPLWD) Lagos State chapter wants the governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to assist its members.

The state chairman of NAPLWD, Dare Dairo, urged Sanwo-Olu to institute a culture of inclusion in all facets of government planning, policies and programmes for them to contribute their quota to the development of the state. He also appealed to the governor-elect to implement the Lagos Disability Law when he takes over the mantle of leadership in the state, noting that, “most local government authorities are not aware of the disability law which provides a comprehensive legal and policy framework for the empowerment, welfare and protection of the rights of people living with disabilities in the state.”

Dapo Abiodun Should Learn From Amosun’s Mistakes There is, however, uncertainty in Ogun State over the ability and the willingness of the governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun, to fulfil his electoral promises when he assumes office. Most of the residents said that they were worried about the incoming governor’s promises in the areas of security, education, and primary healthcare delivery.

 

A medical practitioner, Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki, asked the incoming administration to embark on a fact-finding mission across the state to enable him identify those areas where the citizens were not happy with the outgoing governor which made his anointed candidate to lose the election. “Let Dapo Abiodun listen to what the people say about Amosun; look at those areas where he failed and then harmonise them with his programme of actions for the state,” he said.

 

The national secretary of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Comrade Yinka Folarin, advised the governor-elect to prioritise good governance and enhance participatory government. A legal practitioner, Isaac Izuyan, would want the incoming administration to liberalise the justice system in Ogun. Udom Should Concentrate On Agriculture, Education, Infrastructure In Akwa Ibom State, the people want returning governor Udom Emmanuel to place emphasis on infrastructure, agriculture and human capital development.

Barr. Ubong John of Decastle Chambers in Eket said that infrastructure is critical to the development of the state with a population of over four million people. He, therefore, advised the governor to invest in human capital development, healthcare, education and food production through sustainable farming. Pastor James Udo of Flame of Fire Ministry in Ikot Ekpene tasked the governor in his second term to focus on providing basic and functional education in the state, especially in the area of technical and vocational development

 

On his part, Mr. Clifford Thomas of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), said: “I don’t think it is possible to solve all the problems in four years, but work should start in earnest on managing the unemployment index of youths in the state to stem the tide of cultism and other social vices For Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chairman, University of Jos, (UNIJOS), both the federal and state government should continue to fund education well in the country

. According to him, education is the bedrock of any nation that wants to develop, stressing that any policy on education should be backed up with action, not just a policy statement. Mazi Anthony Eze, a Jos-based businessman who deals in building materials and Dr. Charles Onuh, who owns a private hospital in Jos, the governor should create a business-friendly environment to encourage people to venture into it. They lamented the high rate of foreign exchange in the country and urged the federal government to take drastic action against it to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians.

Source:  Leadershipng

Research reveals where homes sell the fastest in the UK

Across the UK, homes on the market have been on sale two weeks longer than a year ago on average but properties are selling quicker in one in five town and cities, according to new research.

A year ago homes were on the market for 148 days before being sold but the average is now 162 days, the study from home purchase plan provider Gatehouse Bank shows.

Sales have speeded up the most in Oldham where they have been on the market for 27.7% less time than a year ago while properties in Padstow have been for sale for 56.6% longer.

The next location where days to sale has fallen the most is in Stirling with 114 days, down 24.5%, followed by Sale at 95 days, a drop of 19.5%, then Rotherham down 16.5% to 243 days, and Glasgow, down 16% to 105 days.

After Padstow the next biggest slowdown has been in Woking where homes have been on the market for 50% longer and in Hemel Hempstead properties have been marketed for 48.7% longer.

Homes sell the fastest in Rugby after just 85 days, followed by Sale at 95 days, and Edinburgh at 97 days. In contrast the slowest market is in Aberdeen at 320 days, followed by Sunderland at 279 days and then Durham at 264 days.

‘A slowdown in sales across the country reflects the wait and see approach exacerbated by these marathon Brexit negotiations but it’s not a reality for everyone. Robust demand means buyers across a healthy cross section of Britain are ensuring homes aren’t hanging around for long in relative terms,’ said Charles Haresnape, chief executive officer of Gatehouse Bank.

‘We know that first time buyers are still active and that’s thanks in no small part to stamp duty reliefs and Help To Buy. This is helping to keep the market turning over, not just in the fastest markets but equally so in those areas where a slight slowdown means they are being encouraged to drive a harder bargain,’ he added.

Source: Property Wire

Technology and the property market: Here’s how it affects buyers and sellers

One of the main things that technology has allowed for, and this has been the case for some time now, is getting more people to see property listings on various online platforms. In the old days you were restricted to what was printed in your local paper, and then it was only the most basic details and the a grainy image of the facade. In the online space the browsing experience is exponentially better and way more comprehensive.

Technology is there to enhance the property experience. To a large extent online listing platforms allow potential buyers to house hunt without leaving home. At the same time it allows sellers to be more realistic about their expectations. It makes the process of doing your homework before buying or selling a lot easier, as the online platforms give you a fair, aggregated view of what’s happening in a particular market.

Online platforms are a cost-effective way of marketing a property to a vast audience, with all the relevant information – from erf size to estimated rates – available right there. It’s simply become the first port of call when buying or selling a property and the industry and consumers are better off for it.

A closer view

Countless industries are abuzz with questions around whether augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI) or similar technological advancements will transform the business as we know it.

We’re always exploring new ways in which we can improve the experience of buying and selling property for our clients, and to ensure our trusted property advisors stay on top of their game.

In discussions around the impact of technology on a particular industry it’s important to consider the technology readiness level of that particular industry, bearing in mind that buying a property is significantly more intricate than ordering a pizza. We’re excited about the complementary role technology plays in the property market at this stage.

There appears to be unanimous agreement that the one thing technology can’t replicate or “take over” is empathy, a fundamental trait for healthy personal and business relationships.

Property in particular is a complex service industry, with myriad legal and financial requirements that require patience, empathy and even enthusiasm that only a human being can offer.

Trusted property advisors bring their experience, expertise and empathy to the table in a facilitating role, one that continues to be of crucial importance as they work to ensure the needs of buyers and sellers are satisfied.

Source: BizCommunity

What Makes Property Attractive to Buyers

Homeowners wanting to sell their property in Nigeria will be at a distinct advantage if such houses have some form of outside space, property owners whose houses are in remote areas, no matter how solid they look may not be attractive compared to buildings in the cities where population is surging like Abuja and Lagos. 

Perhaps, spurred on by the gloriously hot weather last summer or the trend for homegrown vegetables, city dwellers are looking for a patch of sun to call their own. This makes wealthy Nigerians who wants to buy homes usually look for property with enough space and back slot to create serenity that befits their social status. However, beauty they say, is in the eye of the beholder and this certainly holds sway in the world of real estate.

Homebuyers make up their minds about a property in the first few minutes. For you therefore, to sell, be sure your home makes that vital first impression. New painting does wonders. Make sure the front yard is flawless with manicured lawns and attractive foliage. Add a hanging basket or some flower pots at the door.

The front door is also critical, so make sure that the hardware is presentable. Some may prefer modern architecture and a contemporary lay-out and finish, while others may only be interested in buying period properties offering lots of charm and history. But while everyone’s preferences and tastes differ, there are a few fundamentals that one could find most buyers to compromise on, no matter what the style of home. There was a time when air-conditioning and heating were considered luxuries.

These days, developers wouldn’t dream of building an apartment or new home without some sort of climate control. Home Buyers expect older houses to have these features, too. If you are thinking of selling your home and you have an older style air-conditioner, one that makes a heck of noise and does very little cooling, it is time to upgrade.

You are not likely to have a buyer immediately, so you must meet the taste of the buyer for you to anticipate quick enquiries that would lead to instant sale.

If your house has solar panels, then buyers will be impressed. Not only has the expense already been laid out, but it means the heating bills will be much lower, which makes the property even more attractive.

Modern conveniences make a difference. Australians for instance, have penchant for great outdoors and while many of us are happy to live in apartments very few are willing to go without some kind of outdoor space.

Whether it is a small section of concreted balcony or a patch of grass outside the villa unit, people will seek out apartments with outdoor areas. Apartments in large skyrise complexes are the obvious exceptions, and that is why many of these just won’t appeal to owner occupiers or downsizing baby boomers because they don’t want to live in a hotel room-like apartments.

Buying and selling property is an expensive business and most people hope to stay in their property for a reasonable amount of time.

Don’t forget buying a home is in many ways an emotional decision, so it’s important to give buyers that warm and fuzzy feeling. Keep the temperature in the home at a comfortable level. Light some candles in the bathrooms and make sure it smells nice and clean.

Have fresh flowers around the house. A home that offers scope to build, extend or develop is attractive because it allows the buyer to modify the property to suit his changing needs. As no one wants to live in a suburb that feels like a ghost town, a property that is within short walking distance of public transport, shops, schools and cafes will tend to do very well indeed.

Buyers do not want to live on top of railway stations or shops, just close by will do. Many downsizers will tell you that they want to live among the action. That they don’t want to be out in the suburbs, and are willing to swap a large home for the teeming streets of the inner city. What they are referring to here is being close to the lifestyle attractions of the inner-city. But what they absolutely do not want is the noise.

A property that is close to the action, but without any of the accompanying noise, will always be in demand. It is not always possible to buy a house with a car space on title, but most buyers will put this pretty high up on their checklist. Where you will be at a disadvantage is if you are selling a property in a location where it is common to offer a titled car space, such as an apartment in a middle-ring suburb.

Many of these unit blocks offer titled car spaces, and a good consultant would never recommend buying an apartment without one. Not only will you be parking on the street, but you will face a real hurdle in standing out among the competition when it comes time to sell (or rent it out as an investment).

Make them feel welcome, but don’t go too far. Too much personality, for example in the form of personal possessions and family photos makes it hard for buyers to visualize living in the space. Make sure your property is clutter-free for all your viewings.

This will make your home look and feel bigger, and the buyers will be able to imagine how they could make the space their own. Make sure that there is a clean, logical flow through the home by getting rid of all excess furniture. Less is more. This is another way to make your home seem more spacious.

Open all your curtains and flood the space with natural light. Make sure the darker rooms are also lit. Invest in some light fixtures and fittings, and place them strategically to illuminate even the gloomiest of areas.


Slap on a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color to give it that blank canvas look but do not be too sterile. Have some contrast in the trim as well as the ceiling. Neutral colors make properties appear lighter and brighter, so take advantage of this inexpensive and easy option.

You may also add color with decorative window coverings, rugs, and towels. Your home should be spotless. Make sure the beds are made and the countertops are free of clutter. The dishes should be put away and nothing should be scattered on the floor. Don’t forget to tidy your garden too. Cut the shrubs back, sweep the patio, and wipe down the backyard furniture. It is easy to forget things such as broken doorknobs, cracked tiles, holes in walls and damaged but buyers will notice them first thing as they are walking around your home.

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FG concessions 750kw solar power to Proserve Energy

The Federal Government has concessioned the 750 kilowatts (KW) solar power system that will energise the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power House) building in Abuja for 10 years to Proserve Energy Services Limited.

The Power Purchase and Concession Agreements were presented to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) yesterday. ADVERTISEMENT The Permanent Secretary Power, Mr Louis Edozien said it was a pilot project and that government would not rest until energy begins to flow from Power House and many other facilities through the innovation.

The tripartite agreement documents were signed earlier by the ministry, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC and the concessionaire, Messrs Proserve Energy.

Presenting the agreement documents to ICRC, Mr Edozien said, “It is my pleasure to mark the landmark we have achieved by handing over this documents to ICRC to be the custodian and regulator for the transaction.” The Managing Director and CEO of Proserve, Dr Abba Ibrahim assured of the company’s commitment to delivering a quality project along with his technical team as the Engineering, Procurement, and construction (EPC) partner in Germany were ready to deliver the project in six months.

Dr. Abba said the firm was ready to handle the financial, construction and operational risks.

The Director General of ICRC, Mr Chidi Izuwah represented by the acting DG, Onwodi Emmanuel said it was a milestone project as it is getting to commercial close, and after that, the project will begin.

Source: By Simon Echewofun

CSCEC completes construction of US $1bn Great Mosque in Algeria

The China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has successfully finished the construction work of US $1bn Great Mosque of Algiers which is set to break new global records.

The Great Mosque of Algiers also represents the new peak of the many accomplishments made by CSCEC’s Algerian branch. In 2011, the company won the bid for the project of the Great Mosque, which was the largest among the companies’ overseas projects in its history.

Great Mosque of Algiers 

According to CSCEC general manager, Zhou Sheng it was a great challenge for the company to manage the cost. “You cannot finish the design and engineering at the beginning; the engineering work will be done along with the execution of the construction,” he said.

As a carrier of Islamic culture, the mosque is decorated with complicated stone carvings, wood carvings and plaster carvings of Islamic style. For example, there is a praying wall of 300 square meters with vast details on the east side of the praying hall.

The project will be the world’s third-largest mosque by area, after the pilgrimage mosques in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Its 265-metre minaret (a slender tower used to call Muslims to prayer) will, however, be the tallest in the world, overlooking the Bay of Algiers. The grand mosque, which will include a one-million book library, a Koranic school and a museum of Islamic art and history, would be a “one-of-a-kind.”

The project employed about 2,300 construction workers, engineers and managers. An additional 17,000 people were employed indirectly as subcontractors. The mosque will now be the world’s third biggest by area and the largest in Africa. The two largest mosques are The Sacred Mosque of Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina: both considered the holiest sites in Islam and accustomed by millions of Muslim worshipers and pilgrims every year.

Source: By Teresia Njoroge

Protest rocks Alausa over Supreme Court verdict on Agidingbi Community

Baale, community leaders disown judgment-creditor, seek govt’s intervention Scores of community leaders and residents of Agidingbi area of Ikeja on Thursday embarked on peaceful protest against the judgment of Supreme Court which awarded ownership of 398 acres of landed property in the community to a traditional land-owning family, Akinole-Oshiun.

Agidingbi residents and community leaders protest against a Supreme Court judgement on their properties at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa on Thursday, 2nd May, 2019 The possession order is said to cover a large section of the Lateef Jakande Road, Acme Road, Fagba Close, and other streets around the area, totaling over 2000 buildings.

The protesters, who marched from Agidingbi to House of Assembly complex in Alausa, said Akinole-Oshiun family, which is the judgment-creditor in the case, had already given them seven days ultimatum to vacate their houses, urging the government to quickly intervene to avert bloodshed.

They displayed placard of various inscriptions such as “There is no ancestral link between Akinole and Agidingbi Land, Land Grabbers are enemies of Lagos State,” among others. Leader of Ojodu Legislative Arm, Hon Wasiu Bolaji-Seidu who is also a community leader in Agidingbi said the news of the possession order came to the community as a big surprise as nobody from the area was served with the court process that led to the judgment.

He said: “On Friday, they (judgment-creditor) brought a judgment and placed it on our houses and said they have taken over the entire Agidingbi land. The issue is Agidingbi was not mentioned in the judgment; nobody from Agidingbi was part of the case and I don’t know how you will enforce a judgment against a person that was never part of the case. “Agidingbi has been in existence for over 200 years ago.

I was born and bred in Agidingbi; my forefathers were born and bred in Agidingbi and I don’t see any reason why somebody will just wake up and say they are the owner of the community. “I am over 50 years; my father lived for over 90 years in this community before he died; my great grand-father died at the age of 150 years and I don’t know where Akinole is coming from and we have people like Habibatu Mogaji who was the Yeye-Oba of Agidingbi; we have Femi Okunnu who is our father in the community and we don’t know where Akin-ole came from.” He particularly urged the State Government to activate the provisions of the Anti-Land Grabbing Law of the State, and prevent the matter from degenerating into a full blown crisis.

“To the best of my knowledge, I know that Lagos State has enacted a law duly signed by the Governor prohibiting land grabbing in the State because this is a clear example of such case.

That is why we are here to call on the Lagos State House of Assembly to look into it and find a lasting solution, failure of which there will be bloodshed,” Bolaji-Seidu said. Also speaking, Baale of Agidingbi, Chief Ganiyu Ayinde Haruna, said they were embarking on the peaceful protest to call the attention of government to the silent crisis that is brewing in the community.

Narrating how it all began, Haruna said: “On Friday last week, we woke up to see people posting possession order on our property and we don’t know these people. We have been living here for several years and the issue is we don’t know this family that is laying claim to ownership of our land. “We have never heard any relationship with this Akinole family and so it is surprising to us. Nobody knew anything about the court case.

I mean how can you enforce court judgment against a party that was never part of the case? We are peaceful people and we are urging the Lagos State Government especially Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the House of Assembly to intervene urgently in this matter because we don’t want bloodshed in our community.” Bayelsa Assembly passes pension bill for gov, dep gov, Assembly members Also speaking, an 83-year old resident and Iyalode of Agidingbi, Evang Dorcas Faworaja said her great grand-parents were born in the area, therefore the claimant cannot just come from anywhere and lay claim to the community. Receiving the protesters, Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon Olumuyiwa Jimoh commended them for conducting themselves peacefully, assuring that the House would look into their case.

“Let me assure you that we are going to look into your petition without any fear or favour and I can assure you also that you will receive judgment at the end of the day,” Jimoh said

Source: Vanguard

House prices in April rose 0.4%

The market is subdued as Brexit uncertainty continues to bite, but one sector remains strong

UK house price growth remained weak in April with average prices ticking up 0.4%, according to Nationwide.

Its house price index now measures the average property price at £214,920.

Annual house price inflation is minimal at 0.9% – marking the fifth month in a row in which annual growth has been below 1%.

Robert Gardner, Nationwide’s chief economist, explained the subdued price increase:

“Indicators of housing market activity, such as the number of property transactions and the number of mortgages approved for house purchase, have remained broadly stable in recent months, even though survey data suggests that sentiment has softened,” he said.

“Measures of consumer confidence weakened around the turn of the year and surveyors report that new buyer enquiries have remained subdued.

“While the number of properties coming onto the market has also slowed, this doesn’t appear to have been enough to prevent a modest shift in the balance of supply and demand in favour of buyers in recent months.”

First-time buyer boost

Despite the weak growth and a dip in demand, there have been more first-time buyers entering the housing market, said Nationwide, with numbers getting close to pre-financial crisis levels.

Gardner said: “First-time buyer numbers have been supported by the strength of labour market conditions, with employment rising at a healthy rate, and earnings growth slowly gathering momentum.

“While house prices remain high relative to average earnings, low mortgage rates have helped to support mortgage affordability. Indeed, raising a deposit appears to be the major barrier for prospective first-time buyers, since the cost of servicing the typical mortgage remains in line with or below long-run averages as a share of take home pay in most regions of the UK.”

Jonathan Samuels, CEO of Octane Capital, added: “It’s a curious market at present, driven by first-time buyers at one extreme and professional investors and landlords at the other.

“Inbetween those two categories of buyers, activity levels are fairly subdued. With amateur landlord numbers decreasing by the day, first-time buyers and professional investors are increasingly active given the discounts available and reduced competition.

“It’s without doubt a buyers’ market but the lack of homes for sale means prices are competitive rather than collapsing.

“It’s hard to see prices picking up until there is more clarity on Brexit, which could take some time yet given the disarray in Government.”

Scottish construction sector growth ‘held up by private housing workloads’

Private housing workloads have helped maintain growth in the Scottish construction sector during the first quarter of 2019, according to new figures.

The RICS UK Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey shows only 2% more respondents reported a rise in workloads, the lowest net balance in three years.

A net balance of 16% of private housing companies have reported an increase in activity, which is “holding up” the construction sector despite political uncertainty having an impact.

Jeffrey Matsu, RICS economist, said: “Although market confidence has become more subdued in recent quarters, the outlook for workloads and employment growth has modestly improved.

“While prolonged Brexit-related uncertainty has taken a toll on business investment, its resolution has the potential to unleash pent-up demand that can be supportive of future growth.”

Private commercial results were also steady, with 8% more respondents reporting growth.

Public housing and non-housing workloads declined during the first quarter, with a net balance of 30% and 14% fewer chartered surveyors reporting a drop in activity across Scotland respectively.

Workloads in infrastructure were also subdued this quarter, as a net balance of -5% more respondents reported a decline, down from +8% in Q4.

Looking ahead, a net balance of 19% more respondents expect to have rising workloads in the coming 12 months.

Source: By ITV Report

Types of Houses to Find in Nigeria’s Property Market

The Nigerian property market is a profitable place to invest in. Whether for a local or foreign investor, it is worth knowing that properties in Nigeria appreciates very well and would always be a sure bet for profit making.

As a country rich in oil and gas, the entertainment capital of Africa and abundant economic potentials, Nigeria has always been an attractive market.

It is worthy of mote that the types of houses you would get in Nigeria are not tents, trailers, Igloos, gingerbread house or underground homes. Although, it is rumoured that there is at least one underground home in every state in Nigeria.

Unlike you would find the western countries, ranches are not the common housing type in Nigeria but in states where individuals possess many plots of land, the houses are somewhat related to a ranch as there is usually a large expanse of land in front of the house. They may even have a garden or farmland in the backyard of the house. This type of house is mostly found in villages and towns where subsistence farming is still being practised.

There’s so much of confusion as to what house is which and that’s why we have taken the time to carefully pick out and show you different housing types in Nigeria.

Bungalow House

Bungalow houses are a simple single-story house without a basement. To a large extent, the most popular residential and commercial house in Nigeria. These types of houses are economical to build while maintaining luxury and durability. Bungalow houses are either detached or semi-detached. The detached ones are a single standing property that does not share any walls with any other structure. These property type due to its isolation are usually very private. The semi-detached ones are joined together by a common wall in the middle. One side of each house shares a common wall while the other side is detached. These types of houses in Nigeria can be found in both rural and urban areas of the country.

Duplex House

Duplex houses are stacked apartments on two different floors which often looks like either two houses put together or a large single house sharing a wall between halves. Similar structures with three or four housing units or floors are called triplex or fourplex. Duplex houses are more common in cities although city dwellers have been known to establish such buildings in their hometowns. Like bungalows, duplexes in Nigeria are usually two types; detached and semi-detached. The only difference is, while bungalows are grounded, Duplexes are usually story high.

Townhouse

Townhouses are also like the terraced houses. They are often three or more stories tall and may include a garage on the ground floor. Townhouses are found in housing units or gated estates.

Terraced House

This style of housing has identical individual houses conjoined into rows. In other words, they are a line of houses which are placed directly onto each other built with shared walls between dwellings. They usually have uniform fronts and uniform heights making the houses identical. This is the common form of housing you find in estates and some housing units.

Penthouse

It is not common to find this type of house in Nigeria. Usually, the penthouse is the apartment on the highest floor of an apartment building or hotel. They typically have luxury features which differentiate them from other types of house. These luxurious features include high-end appliances, finest materials fitting, luxurious flooring system, private entrance or elevator, vaulted ceilings. They are often associated with a luxury lifestyle. The residents of penthouse often have fine views of the city skyline. This type of house can only be found in cities such as Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Warri among others.

Traditional Houses

The traditional houses in Nigeria are usually found in the rural areas of the country. The traditional building materials of these houses are also determined by the local environment. The principal building materials used in traditional houses in Nigeria include mud, wood, straw, palm fronds and raffia matting. Straw and mats made from raffia palm leaves are commonly used for roofing in the south and in some part of the non-Moslem north. You wouldn’t find houses built of solid wood except for those in the riverine areas. The Ijaw people of Nigeria, especially those close to the river, have their houses built from strong bamboo sticks and woods. These houses are built directly on top of the water areas.

This gives anyone a great knowledge about property expectations in Nigeria and how these house types are attached with their unique prices. Real estate companies like Fesadeb media presents more opportunities for those seeking to know more about property types and investments in Nigeria

By Ojonugwa Felix Ugboja

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