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Authority Builds Classrooms, Toilets In Adamawa

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Principe Joint Development Authority (JDA) has constructed classrooms and toilets for Government Secondary School, Koma, in Jada local government area of Adamawa.
Inaugurating the block of four classrooms and toilets at the handing over ceremony in Koma village on Thursday, the Chairman of JDA board, Mr Luiz Prazeres, said the gesture was part of the authority’s social project scheme.
Prazeres, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Umar Jada, said such projects in the area of education was undertaken in selected schools across the 36 states and FCT to deliver value to Nigerian youths.
“The project being delivered today is Adamawa’s share of the second phase of our social project scheme.
“There is also an educational assistance programme which has thus far awarded over 1,500 post graduate scholarship assistance in Nigeria.
“Similar projects are also being undertaken in Sao Tome and Principe,” Prazeres said.
While urging the school authority to make proper use of the facilities, Prazeres commended the Adamawa government for its support and cooperation in making the project a reality.
The Principal of the school, Mr Alphonsus Sali, and the PTA Chairman, Malam Abubakar Hammawa, commended JDA for the gesture.
They said the programme had addressed the problem of classroom and public convenience in the school.
They called on the state government to intervene in providing furniture for the classrooms and rehabilitate part of the school hostels affected by rainstorm.
The District Head of Koma, Malam Abba Hammanjalo, also lauded the effort of JDA and urged the school management to maintain the facilities.
Hammanjalo also urged the state government to address the plight of some of the newly recruited teachers in the school who were yet to get their salaries for several months.
“Many teachers do not want posting to Koma, hence those that took the challenge to come need to be encouraged by paying them their salaries promptly,” Hammanjalo said.
The state Commissioner for Education, Mr Gabriel Hama-Adama, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of Adamawa Post Primary School Management Board, Malam Ayuba Njidda, urged JDA to extend similar gesture to other schools in the state.
While pledging proper use of the facilities, Hama-Adama said the state government had conducted mass recruitment of teachers to increase the number of teachers in post primary schools in the state.

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Construction Safety: Builders  Seek New Procurement Standards 

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With the conclusion of its annual conference, the Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIOB) has sought for new procurement standards.
The conference which held in Port Harcourt focused on: Health, Safety, Enforcement and Professionalism for Sustainable Development” with experts in the built industry proffering solutions to the challenges facing the sector.
President of the NIOB, Kenneth Nduka while discussing the focus of the conference stressed that the enforcement of procurement laws will help infuse security and safety standards.
In an era where quacks have infiltrated the built sector, Nduka opined that procurement will check the problem of corruption , compromise of standards and the use of sub- standard products for construction.
“For us, safety and security should be a way of life fo every builder. We must embrace it as a routine”, Nduka said.
While speaking on the topic: Appraisal  of Health, Safety Practices of Small and Medium Construction Sites”, Dr. Muyiwa Abubakar, a lecturer in Building Department, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University disclosed that 60 percent of fatalities in construction sites come from buildings.
Abubakar stated that safety is pertinent so as to meet target time since construction is characterised  with risks and hazards.
The lecturer harped on safety management practices that would be driven by training , competence and enforcement.
On his part, Dr Chris Igwe suggested that quality must not be compromised to ensure safety.
For him, enforcement of standards leads to adoption of safety and security at construction sites.

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‘Industrialisation, Key To Achieving Local Content In Housing’

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A member of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Mr Benson Ngbede, says industrialisation is key to achieving local content inputs in providing affordable housing for citizens.
Ngbede told newsmen recently in Abuja that building houses would be cheaper when the country is able to develop its industries and locally produce materials that were currently imported.
“Most resources required to build houses are locally available in their raw state. Establishing industries that will turn these raw materials into finished products for builders will ensure affordable houses for citizens.
“Government needs to put in place what is needed for developers to provide houses at relatively affordable prices; that entails availability of land and infrastructure.
“We also need to look inward. We need to develop our industries. We need to be more industrialised to help us develop local content. “If we can do that, one bedroom house can go for 1million naira, 2 bedroom for about 1.5 million, while a 3 bedroom house can be sold for N3 million, since the materials are sourced at home
“To achieve this, institutions like NIBRRI must be properly funded and supported to carry out researches that will help develop materials needed to build houses.
“We have a place like Ajaokuta which can supply iron to the entire African continent, but it is lying there idle nd not working, forcing us to import metals from other places in the world, and at a high cost,” Ngbede lamented.
He also urged government to provide infrastructure, drainage, roads and other facilities necessary for real estate developers so as to ensure a consequence reduction in the cost of houses.

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Housing Deficit: NGO To Invest $180m In Five Years

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Shelter Afrique, an NGO, is to invest 180 million dollars in five years toward addressing Nigeria’s housing deficit, Mr Andrew Chimphondah, its Managing Director, said yesterday in Abuja.
Chimphondah said that the investment period would span from 2019 to 2024.
He said that Nigeria was a strategic market for Shelter Afrique, adding that the outfit’s shareholders included 44 African countries and two financial institutions.
According to him, Shelter Afrique provides loans, grants and credits for the development of the environment and the provision of houses for Africans.
Chimphondah said that Nigeria had 70 to 20 million estimated housing  shortage.
“We are looking at the demand and supply side of housing. For the supply side, we will enter into Public-Private-Partnership with government with government providing land and subsidised infrastructure.
“Our organisation will provide the funding and expertise to carry out the project.
“We will commit and dedicate all the expertise to ensure that quality houses are delivered; we will also ensure that the houses are energy efficient, environmental friendly and comfortable,” he added.
Chimphondah said that most financial institutions had often complained of funding, but assured Nigerians that the NGO would fashion out a way to reduce the cost of the houses.

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