US moves to seize ex-oil minister Diezani’s $144m assets


– The US government wants to take over assets belonging to Diezani in America and its ally countries
– A lawsuit has been filed to ensure that the US can go after the assets which are proceeds of illicit contracts
– Kenneth Blanco, acting assistant attorney general, says the US will return the assets back to the people they were diverted from

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The US government has kicked off move to seize assets within its shores owned by former petroleum minister Alison Diezani-Madueke which were proceeds of shady contracts.

According to the report, the US filed a suit to recover $144 million in assets through its justice department’s kleptocracy asset recovery initiative.

The suit filed on Friday, September 21 in Houston, Texas is going after assets acquired from contracts used to launder funds through the US.

The suit said cronies of the former oil minister of Nigeria acquired real estate worth millions for her in London and also bought her over $1 million worth of furniture and artwork in Houston.
“Corrupt foreign officials and business executives should make no mistake: if illicit funds are within the reach of the United States, we will seek to forfeit them and to return them to the victims from whom they were stolen,” Kenneth Blanco, acting assistant attorney general, said.

Former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, could face a jail term of between 12-15 years in prison if found guilty of fraud which reportedly occurred while she served as minister.

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Disclosing this on Tuesday, July 18, the personal assistant to the president on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, said the former minister is also expected to name over 200 accomplice who connived, helped or participated in one of the biggest oil fraud Nigeria has ever had.

The presidential aide in a Facebook post titled, The Biggest Oil Industry Heist, Ever, cited a news report which stated that that Diezani is not prepared to go down alone as she is preparing

Former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, could face a jail term of between 12-15 years in prison if found guilty of fraud which reportedly occurred while she served as minister.

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Disclosing this on Tuesday, July 18, the personal assistant to the president on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, said the former minister is also expected to name over 200 accomplice who connived, helped or participated in one of the biggest oil fraud Nigeria has ever had.

The presidential aide in a Facebook post titled, The Biggest Oil Industry Heist, Ever, cited a news report which stated that that Diezani is not prepared to go down alone as she is preparing to name all her accomplices.

Akinyemi Akinrujomu

Egypt Seeks Bilateral Cooperation With Nigeria On Power, Housing

The Republic of Egypt has expressed interest in cooperating with Nigeria on power and housing development.
Former Prime Minister and currently Special Assistant to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Engr Sherif Ismail made this known recently when he, led by the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria and the MD of Arab Contractors, Assem Hanafi, visited the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola in his office at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

Speaking on his mission, the Egyptian Presidential aide said he was in the country to discuss further cooperation between our two countries in the areas of power and housing.
“We have some mega national projects in the power and housing sector, and have come to Nigeria, our long time partner to explore areas of cooperation,” he said.

Responding, his host, Fashola commended the Ambassador for his tireless efforts at strengthening the diplomatic tie between the two countries, and the MD of Arab Contractors, who also accompanied the Presidential aide, for being a committed long term partner in the area of construction around the country.

The Minister told his guest that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is focused on infrastructure development, and as such, the visit of the Egyptian envoy was most welcome. Having acknowledged the long relationship between Egypt and Nigeria, Fashola noted: “Trade is also an area of common interest between our two countries, symbolised by many points of interraction.”

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Fashola who briefed his guest on the success so far recorded by government regarding housing through the National Housing Pilot Scheme executed in all states of the federation, urged the Egyptian government to rekindle her business interest in the Nigeria power sector, noting that the sector is full of opportunities for investment, especially in the areas of meters, cables and other electrical accessories.

The Minister said due to the huge investment by the government in power, tangible improvement is being witnessed in the sector currently.
“Our average power generation now increases by 1, 000 yearly. The problem now is distribution, and we need a lot of investment there.
“We have a 10-year transmission plan, and now there are about 90 transmission projects at various stages of completion. “We will be available to work with the government and people of Egypt, “ he said.

Abah Adah


Tinubu’s firm stops work on roads over rift with Ambode

• Hitech withdraws workers, equipment from sites
• Projects ongoing, state official affirms, blames rains

The ongoing road construction in Lagos State could be the latest casualty in the political battle between Governor Akinwumi Ambode and All Progressives Congress National Leader Bola Tinubu.

Ambode’s ambition to retain his seat in the next election has come under attack from powerful interests affiliated to the leader and former state governor. Two former commissioners, Mr. Femi Hamzat and Jide Sanwo-Olu, have obtained nomination forms to contest the party’s ticket in the coming direct primary scheduled to hold September 25.

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Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner of commerce and industry, is said to be enjoying the backing of Tinubu and the Mandate Group. At his formal declaration, yesterday, Sanwo-Olu praised the achievements of former military governor, Brig. Mobolaji Johnson, and former governor, Babatunde Fashola, saying their strides contributed to the prosperity of Lagos.

While the conflict within the ruling APC in Lagos plays out, work at the Murtala Muhammed Airport Road and Pen Cinema Bridge in Agege has come to a suspicious halt, as the contractor, Messrs Hitech Construction Company Limited, has left the sites.Sources close to the firm, though, blamed the development on the non-payment of fees by the government. About N20 billion is said to still be outstanding. Tinubu allegedly owns substantial stakes in the construction company and wields great influence over it.

An investigation by The Guardian showed that major equipment has been removed. At Airport Road, specifically, some of the workers were seen moving out their luggage. Following their withdrawal, many miscreants yesterday filled the void, controlling traffic along the unfinished stretch. The Guardian learnt that the state government has scheduled a meeting with Hitech today .Efforts to speak with the managing director of the firm were unsuccessful.

The assistant director, public affairs, of the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Shina Thorpe, however said, “We were there two Fridays ago for inspection and you would see that the service lane has been finished to a point. And don’t forget that with the rains, there is no way they can work. The rains have to subside. If they do any work in the rain, they would have to do it over again. So, work has not stopped on the project.”

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On the alleged non-payment of the contractor, he explained: “There are payment schedules and the state government is working with those schedules. You don’t expect the government to pay everything without the work completed. Government is working with the payment schedules.”Both reconstructions were expected to end notorious gridlocks and scale up property in the area. The Lagos State government had promised to deliver the Oshodi-Airport Road in 15 months. It was to be upgraded from four to 10 lanes. Work commenced on September 2017. The Agege Pen Cinema Bridge had a December 2018 completion date.

Victor Gbonegun

Flaws in Lagos homes scheme, Subscribers protest


Seven years after the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (Lagos HOMS) was mooted to encourage home ownership of First-Time Buyer (FTB) to purchase decent and affordable homes through the provision of accessible mortgage finance, the scheme seems to be in limbo.

The tale of woes associated with scheme are dotted all around the metropolis in terms of abandoned projects, left unattended to since three and half years ago. They include Michael Otedola estate, Odoragun, Igando, Gbagada, Ibeju-Lekki, Sangotedo and Agbowa-Ketu. Despite all the draws and certificates presentation ceremonies held for winners of various housing units under the scheme, there has been an increase in the number of people asking for refunds.

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One of the subscribers, said that after emerging winner and satisfied all basic requirements, including paying the initial deposits, he was finding it difficult to meet other financial requirements. Another allottee, expressed dissatisfaction with the scheme on the ground that, the government has reneged on its promise to hand them keys to their apartments, despite satisfying all necessary requirements, including the payment of the mandatory 30 per cent asset deposit.

But Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who inherited the scheme had in an attempt to address some of these issues and ease the tension of the recession slashed the price.For instance, the flat two-bedroom flat, which was N7.2 million was reduced to N3.5 million, while the one bedroom was reduced to N2.3 million. Also, the room and parlor unit was also reduced to N1.5 million,He also broke down the payment to a yearly payment. Later, he broke it down to a monthly payment scheme to allow residents apply for the scheme specifically when rent-to-own scheme , which commenced December 9, 2017.

Yet with additional 1, 000 additional housing units injected into the pool of housing units earlier provided by the state government, the houses were yet to be fully subscribed, even with the introduction of raffle and other strategies.Subscribers are apprehensive that they are yet to be given keys to their homes. Some of them, who spoke to The Guardian cited infrastructure challenges as many of the apartments are not ready. According to them, some of the estates may appear ready but their insides still lack basic home amenities.

But the Lagos Commissioner of Housing, Gbolahan Lawal said the issue of infrastructure is being sorted out as the governor has been briefed on the matter.According to him, there was an agreement at the inception of the scheme, by the then governor, Babatunde Fashola , who agreed to build a road and when it was not done residents of the nearby estates like in Otedola took the state to court but the matter was resolved amicably out of court.

The commissioner assured prospective home-owners that they will celebrate the next Christmas in their new homes, saying allocation of the houses will start in October.On the Rent-to-Own Housing Policy, Lawal said the state government had shortlisted some would-be beneficiaries , while Lagos Mortgage Board was working on perfecting their documents.

Meanwhile, the State’s Building Control Agency in collaboration with the Physical Planning Permit Authority and the Ministry of Information and Strategy have issued 150 fresh notices to private developers in Oyingbo area, urging them to regularise their building approval permits. The exercise was a continuation of the programme started earlier in the year, which aimed to inform owners of converted buildings and those without planning approvals to apply for permits to make them legitimate and legal.

In the last six months about 6,000 building owners have obtained their permits and there are plans to capture seven thousands registered permits by the end of the year.Speaking to residents on the importance of voluntary compliance with the physical planning regulations in the state, the General Manager of LASPPPA, Osifuye Olufunmilayo said, “It is good for building owners to get legitimate building plan on one hand and to also ascertain the structural stability of their buildings.

“Through that, we will be able to advise them on what they need to do in compliance with the provisions of the law that every building in Lagos state must be covered with approved building plan and for government to have confidence that all buildings in the state are structurally fit. We are happy that in the past one year, we have recorded zero building collapse in the state and our plan is to totally eradicate building collapse”. He explained that after the sensitization, owners of the buildings are expected to visit the agency and effect compliance.

“We are sensitising them because we don’t want to jump on any sector or part of Lagos state without prior information/ benefits owners of buildings would derive from getting approvals and improve the values of those lands when they want to transfer the title to another person. Through the exercise also we believed that it would help government to build an updated database for development.

“We will give both new and old building owners certain window but if they failed to show up, the enforcement will begin. Since government is the guidance of the environment, if they failed to comply, the buildings could be sealed. Some of them don’t know that floods could also affect their buildings and so we intend to educate them on this and the need to guide against it”.

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On the dynamics of the city, he said areas that are hitherto residential have transformed to commercial adding that in respect of the situation, some of the physical planning laws have be changed to mixed-use corridors.“People with former approvals for residential who have changed to commercial must come and regularize for the mixed-use zoning in respect of residential or residential and commercial to fill in the gap on the zoning for that corridor. There will also be the need for owners to do non destructive test to determine the structural stability of the building and its ability to withstand additional floors if you are adding”.

The Public relations officer for LASBCA, Titi Ajirotutu said the regularisation exercise started from the Opebi/Allen areas of Lagos with stiff opposition from residents. However, she explained that the people have however realized the importance of the exercise as reflected in the level of cooperation given to the regulatory agencies.

Ogun battles for Kemi Adeosun’s replacement


The race for the immediate past Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun’s replacement has begun in Ogun State.
Adeosun’s resignation has created a vacuum in Federal Executive Council (FEC), which is expected to be filled by another person from her home state.
Each state of the federation has a statutory representative in the FEC.
Reports reaching us that the former Lagos Commissioner for Finance, Wale Edun and the Chairman of Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Bode Mustapha who were top contenders for the ministerial appointment in 2015 may succeed Adeosun who got the job, thanks to Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s backing.

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It would also be recalled that the trio Edun, Mustapha and Adeosun were backed by different political forces during the battle for the ministerial job amid high-wire permutations and powerplay.
Informed sources said Edun was supported by former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, Mustapha was the candidate of Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo while Amosun influenced the choice of Adeosun, who had served in his cabinet as Commissioner for Finance in the first term.
As at the time Adeosun’s name was sent for the ministerial appointment, she had equally been re-nominated as commissioner for finance in the state.

Amosun settled for Adeosun, who is seen as a technocrat as against Edun and Mustapha who are politicians and would likely turn against him, an insider said.
Mustapha who was the Director General of Amosun Campaign Organisation in 2015, believed he ought to have been supported by Amosun, a development which made him fell apart with the governor.
An impeccable source said Edun or Mustapha may be considered as likely replacement for Adeosun, even though, he pointed out that Amosun, like in 2015, may constitute a huge obstackle.
The source noted Buhari may not conceed the ministerial appointment to Amosun this time around “because this is election year and he may want to appease some aggrieved party. The President is not obliged to pick any of them because he has the prerogative to choose anybody.”
“And it maybe pick another person entirely,” the source said.

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Responding to a question on whether Amosun can have his way this time around, “Don’t forget this is an election year. The President may use the ministerial appointment to settle some aggrieved party members. Another thing is that the President may not post whoever emerges to the Ministry of Finance.
“His support is not limited to Amosun alone. More so that the governor is no longer enjoying much support because of some crisis in the ruling party in the state over the consensus arrangement which he has adopted,” the source said.

The State Publicity Secretary of APC, Wole Elegbede declined comment, when contacted saying “those in government are in the best position to comment on the issue.”
On his part, the State Commissioner for Information, Dayo Adeneye responded to a phone call from a noisy environment which he claimed to be a funeral.

Peter Moses

It’s Official: Adeosun hands over to Perm Sec

Kemi Adeosun, the embattled minister of Finance, has finally handed over to the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mahmoud Isa Dutse.

It was reliably gathered that the former minister spent 12 hours in her office on Friday to reconcile documents and prepare handover note.

“She has been in office today since 9am. She hosted Head of Service today and some other visitors who came for solidarity visit. As I speak to you, she is still in office.

“Truly the atmosphere tells you all is not well, but we are surprised to see her in office discharging her duties,” said a source at the ministry.

According to the source, what appears unusual was the minister’s absence at this week’s Federal Executive Council Meeting at the State House.

“What is strange to us was her absence at FEC meeting on Wednesday. She chose to remain at home and receive visitors.

“Governors of Kebbi and Zamfara were all her residence on Wednesday. She came to office the following and today. The governor of Kebbi returned on Thursday and spent three hours in her office,” said the source.

The 51-year-old former minister is reported to have resigned following pressure arising from her questionable NYSC discharge certificate.

In November 2015, Adeosun was appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Finance by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Ms Adeosun was born in 1967 in London, England to Nigerian parents from Ogun State.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of East London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London.

She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1994 and she was qualified for NYSC exemption on return to Nigeria after clocking above 30 years of age.

The story has been out there that Adeosun forged her National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, discharge certificate.

Although she was above 30 when she returned to Nigeria, she was not qualified to obtain an exemption because she got her first degree when she was in her 20s.

The fake exemption certificate that she obtained through a third party was what caused her fall.

She initially ignored the forgery report, but her handlers later explained that she was not guilty.

They painted those digging into the story as mischief-makers who wanted to pull down a woman of substance.

The NYSC headquarters also came up with a terse statement that she indeed applied for an exemption and that it was looking into the matter.

Some citizens had dragged her to the Federal High Court in Abuja which has fixed October 8 to hear the suit asking it to sack her from office.

The Chief Judge of the high court, Abdul Abdu-Kafarati, assigned the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/712/2018, to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu for expeditious hearing.

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The suit was filed by Francis Obalim, a lawyer who approached the court, praying for an order quashing and setting aside Mrs. Adeosun’s appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

Her appointment, he said, circumvented the condition precedent and in contravention of mandatory Sections 12, 13 and 14 of the NYSC Act which is an integral part of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

Unini Chioma


The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and the National Pension Commission (PenCom) are three major institutions that have profound influence in the way the welfare of Nigerian workers, retirees and pensioners is shaped.

The three institutions share certain features in common: one of the features is that Federal Government employees are automatically enrolled as contributors to the pool of money meant to make it easier for them to meet their need for housing and basic health care while still in service, and periodic pension payments on retirement, respectively.

The amount of money deducted from the salary of each worker as contribution to each of the trio is decided without any consultation with the worker. This feature, which negates the principle of participation, is also common to the three organisations.

The decision on how and when any worker can benefit from his own money deducted and lodged with them ostensibly to further the welfare of the worker is left to the three powerful institutions to choose. This is another shared feature.

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To illustrate, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria may only advance loans to a worker to build or renovate or purchase a house when its management deems fit to do so, not necessarily based on the urgency of the need of the worker to have accommodation. Likewise, the NHIS, in addition to severely limiting the type of health care accessible by workers, it totally denies retired contributors access to its services regardless of the extent of their need for such services.

They are denied, even at the point of death. On its part, the National Pension Commission is supposedly constrained by the Act establishing it to pay Federal retirees a single kobo out of their Retirement Savings Accounts, even in the face of starvation, except after the Benefit Redemption Fund is activated in favour of the retirees. Some people perceive this arrangement as absurd.

The way and manner the three institutions operate need to be tampered with a human face; with empathy and in the context of the spirit of the humane intention that justified the establishment of each of the three institutions.

While the PenCom was busy earlier this week talking to Directors of Pension Operations, frustrated retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme, which the Commission oversees, were crying out loudly for attention and payments of their pensions in several states of the country. So unsettling.

In the case of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, its Managing Director told State House Correspondents after his meeting with the Vice President of Nigeria that a fresh approach toward facilitating house ownership has taken off, thus raising hope on future housing projects for thousands of beneficiaries with zero equity subscription. This is a good initiative, but the reported case of 2017 and 2018 retirees who are still patiently waiting for the refund of their contributions to the National Housing Fund (NHF) by the FMBN should be treated with the urgency it deserves. September is especially significant as school children resume, and the refunded money can be handy for many in paying school fees.

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The sum total of this article is that the Acts establishing the three institutions, which came into being to preserve and advance the welfare of their contributors, should be usefully flexible: in the case of the FMBN the zero equity approach is good, the rent-to-own concept is wonderful with lower interest charges; the NHIS establishment Act deserves amendment to extend access to basic health care to pensioners who were contributors. The PRA 2014 should be revisited to make it possible for retirees to access part of their savings while remittance to their RSAs from the Benefit Redemption Fund is processed.

The three institutions should be the drivers of the process of making their operations flexible in the interest of their clients.

Salisu Na’inna Dambatta


Barclays and UK government plan £1bn housing fund

Bank chairman John McFarlane says fund will address ‘vital need’ for new homes

Barclays and the UK government have revealed plans for a £1bn fund to help property developers meet what the bank’s chairman calls a “vital need” for new homes, including social housing and retirement homes.

The UK bank will commit £875m to a new Housing Delivery Fund, alongside £125m from Homes England, the government’s national housing agency. Small and medium-sized house builders and developers will be able to take loans of between £5m and £100m to fund their projects, with a loan-to-value ratio of up to 70%.

The goal is to diversify the housing market, Barclays said in its statement on the fund, adding that almost two-thirds of homes are currently built by just 10 companies. The fund will be open to existing Barclays clients as well as new customers and will prioritise builders of social housing, retirement homes and homes for private rental.

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The interest rate of the loans was not disclosed, but Barclays said they would be “competitively priced”.

Barclays chairman John McFarlane said: “There is a vital need to build more good quality homes across the country. This £1bn fund is about helping to do exactly that by showing firms in the business of house building that the right finance is available for projects that help meet this urgent need.”

James Brokenshire, the housing secretary, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to not only get more homes built but also promote new and innovative approaches to construction and design that exist across the housing market.”

Then-housing secretary Sajid Javid launched Homes England in January as the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency.

The government has set a target of delivering an average of 300,000 a year by the mid-2020s. Its housing white paper, published in February 2017, described the UK’s housing market as “broken”.

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In her foreword to that paper, Prime Minister Theresa May wrote that the government’s goal is to “fix this broken market so that housing is more affordable and people have the security they need to plan for the future”.

May went on: “The starting point is to build more homes. This will slow the rise in housing costs so that more ordinary working families can afford to buy a home and it will also bring the cost of renting down.”

She added that diversifying the housebuilding market would involve “opening it up to smaller builders and those who embrace innovative and efficient methods”.

Tim Burke 

BCPG tasks artisans on safety in construction sites

To curb death of building artisans on construction site, the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) Lagos State Chapter in collaboration with Lagos State Safety Commission has trained over 400 artisans in the built sector on the imperatives of adopting standard safety measures/insurance.
The one-day workshop titled, “Measures and application on building construction site” held at Alausa, Lagos, brought together, Carpenters, concrete caster association, bricklayers, welder association, block makers, among others.
Speaking at the workshop, the chairman of Lagos chapter of BCPG, Solomon Ogunseye stated that going by the reality of vulnerability of the building artisans during construction process, there was the need to enlighten them on basic safety precautions that would preserve their health and well being.
According to him, from available statistics, it has been established that artisans who are Carpenters die more than any other personnel during construction work because their jobs take them much higher to the roof of a building project.
He said there was the need to educate on observing safety regulations like wearing the helmets to prevent head injury during construction, not working barefooted on site to prevent nail and tetanus attacks and the need to be educated on insurance which would take care of any accident that leads to serious injury or death.
Ogunseye said, “Some artisans still use the bamboo scaffolding which has been outlawed by government. This people don’t care because they are hungry. Even if the bamboo has been there for three months, they will still climb and the thing would collapse on them and so we need sensitise the artisans. Carpenters rank among highest casualty figure during construction. You can’t see an architect die on the site nor engineers. The Carpenters and some other artisans are the most vulnerable. We have invited insurance experts to talk to them that we want to enforce in conjunction with Lagos State government that there must be a certificate of safety on construction site”.
In his presentation on, “ Imperative of material testing in building construction”, the Acting General manager of Lagos State Materials Testing, Ajani Olalekan said gone are the days whereby the society attributes building collapses to witches and wizards as the causes of such incidents in modern time failure to carry soil investigation before construction on site, poor quality of concrete/ right mix, the quality of sand and gravel use in building, the quality of water and steel samples standards.
According to him, the essence of soil investigation is to provide sufficient information for design for the most safest and practical design of foundation, which must be to BS 5930:1999 specifications.
He said, “It’s important to get the right mix for your concrete to enable you check the strength, workability, density and other properties of concrete, you should test the pre-cast beam, water must be potable and steel sample must be tested according to specified standard before use.
Olalekan told participants to be wary of the influx of sub-standard iron rods that has found their way into the market particularly in Ikorodu axis of Lagos stressing there are plans to mobilise and ensure that producers of such materials are brought book.
He disclosed that through Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), the agency is to carry out some investigations on the structural integrity of Lagos State buildings in Alausa without destructing them with the use of specialized equipment in order to advice government on what to do.
Speaking on Design and Construction Practice for Building Collapse Prevention and Safety, the Secretary of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Lagos state branch, Mr. Samson Akinyosoye, explained that three things stages contribute to building collapses from the architectural perspective. These he said include, the design, construction, and post construction stages. According to him, any failure to put in place right mechanisms to reinforce the structural balance and integrity of the building could make the structure to collapse.
He noted that quality of building materials and workmanship should be given adequate attention to avert collapse stressing that if a component of a building is not functioning, such a structure is bound to deteriorate and collapse.
Victor Gbonegun

48-hour ‘bamboo bungalow’ plan launched to tackle housing shortage in Nigeria

The Nigerian state of Lagos has announced a plan to address its shortfall of 2 million homes by building “48-hour bungalows” out of bamboo, a versatile and abundant resource in Nigeria.

Promoting the idea, the state’s commissioner for housing, Gbolahan Lawal, said the technology has already been trialled in the western coastal town of Badagry and would soon be extended to the north-eastern settlement of Imota.

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“We want to see how to go into the manufacturing of homes. We want to make it seamless and produce about 100 units in a month,” he is quoted as saying by local media.

He said his commission had already hired three companies for the initiative, one of which was already on site, and that a training programme had begun to ensure there were enough workers to carry it out.

Lagos State needs another 2 million homes to adequately house its population (Abd Ahmeed/Creative Commons)

The commission hopes to set up manufacturing businesses to feed into the scheme, providing tiles, electronics and meters for water and electricity.

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In terms of the main building materials, Mr Lawal said that experiments with clay and wood had ended and that the preferred material in future would be bamboo owing to its low price and relative abundance.

Alongside the technological development, the government has spent the past 14 months drafting a housing policy to regulate the state housing ministry.

Lagos’ housing difficulty form a small part of Nigeria’s overall problem. Reliable figures are hard to come by, but a survey in 2012 estimated that the country lacked 17 million homes, and a report at the end of August suggested that could since have risen to 25 million units, indicating that a large proportion of Nigeria’s 186 million people are affected.


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