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House Rent: Public Servants Seek Regulatory Policy

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Worried by the continu
ous increase in house rents in Nigeria, especially in cities like Port Harcourt and Abuja, some civil servants have added their voices to the call for governments at the federal and state levels to come up with policy that will regulate house rents.
Speaking while interracting with The Tide in Port Harcourt, the public servants posited that the high cost of accommodation had made it difficult for some civil servants to live in city centres closer to their offices.
They opined that most of the civil servants were living in faraway places even at the outskirts of the city centres because they cannot afford the house rents there.
Commenting on the issue while interacting with The Tide, a federal civil servant, Mr Bipoe Johnson expressed worries over the rate at which house owners take advantage of high demand of accommodation in Port Harcourt to increase rent anyhow.
Johnson said that he was fed up with the high cost of living in Port Harcourt, which is also very high in Abuja, adding that he no longer had saving as he used to when in Benue State.
He said “when I was still in Benue State, I saved 80 per cent of my salary and I was living in a better way with my family. My house rent for one bedroom flat was N70,000.00 and the maximum school fees I paid for each of my children was N7,000.00, that is absolutely impossible here in Port Harcourt, even at the Federal capital.
On her part, Mrs M. Oladimesi said “what I pay for my apartment increases every year without any cogent reason from my landlord.”
She said that many useful man hours were lost daily as some workers often get  office late and tired because they live in faraway places, and habitually leave the office before the closing time so as to avoid traffic congestion.
Oladimesi also called on government to have a policy that would  regulate house rents in Nigeria, particularly in highly demanding metropolis like Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja.
For Mr Nehemiah Ogeh, civil servants’ productivity will be boosted if the government provides accommodation for them in locations near their offices.
Ogeh also appealed to the government to put in place a system that will regulate house rents, and penalize owners of houses that are locked-up and unoccupied within a specific period.
Meanwhile one of the landlords, Mr ThankGod Madu had insisted that he is inclined to increase the rent for his house in line with prevailing socio-economic realities in the society.
He nonetheless stressed that the estate agents usually inform landlords about the prevailing trends in house rents within the neighbourhood, adding that the landlords have no other choice than to heed the advice of the agents.

 

Corlins Walter

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Surveyors Vow To End Building Collapse

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The Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), has reiterated its resolve to ensure that building collapse is reduced to its barest minimum or totally eradicated in the country.
National President, NIS, Mr. Charles Alabo made this known from the sidelines at an event on real estate in Port Harcourt, at the weekend.
Represented by a member of the institute, Idiabi Fiberesima, Alabo stated that the institute would henceforth monitor all building constructions from start to finish to ensure that possible faults are detected and corrected in time, saying “a stitch in time saves nine”.
He further said that the institute would also look into the quality of materials used to ensure that the right materials in the correct measure and expertise are used.
According to him, these measures if properly applied, will help curb the menace of building collapse and also reduce the loss of funds and lives.
The said the institute was prepared to throw its weight behind any law that would criminalise building collapse in the country and expressed hope that developers who were in the habit of cutting corners to maximise profit at the risk of human lives would desist from such inhuman acts.
He argued that surveyors were not to be blamed for any collapse as they were not responsible for the quality of material and manpower used in the construction.
According to him, each time there was a building collapse, surveyors were blamed for not carrying out proper tests on the soil, whereas there are many other components that make up a construction team which includes the surveyors.
The NIS boss enjoined the National Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, pass the building monitoring law, “as this would check the menace of building collapse”.
He explained that if the building monitoring bill was passed, it would be the responsibility of surveyors to monitor buildings from the point of testing the soil to completion.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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BUA Cement Moves To Tackle Building Collapse

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To help reduce cases of building collapse, a cement manufacturing company, BUA Cement Company Limited has organised a workshop for stakeholders in the block making industry.
The Tide reports that the workshop focused on proper mixture of cement and other materials to ensure quality block production for building purposes.
General Manager, Sales and Marketing, BUA Cement Company Limited, Mr Nasir Ladan said the workshop was imperative and timely.
Ladan said the workshop was aimed at offering standard practices to address incidence of collapse buildings as a result of sharp practices and wrong use of materials, particularly in block moulding.
The workshop with the theme, “Optimising Cement Usage to Achieve Better Quality and Yields in Block-Making,” attracted participants from major communities in Kwara.
According to Ladan, a school of thought believes that misapplication of cement and other materials as a result of ignorance results in collapse of buildings.
Ladan called for intensifying education and training of end users on the correct use of the cement mix.
” What we are doing here today is simple; BUA Cement has consistently made it its responsibility to educate its stakeholders on the proper mix of cement with other materials.
“We believe that standard building of high-quality is possible only if the mix of the cement with other materials possesses optimum composition.
“Cement quality is of primary importance to the ultimate consumers who are builders and concrete and block makers.
“This is where the BUA Cement brand is different from others because it is of 42.5 and 52.5 texture grade. This is the highest quality texture which mixes and dries easily.
In his presentation, the Manager, Process Quality and Environment of the company, Adesola Adeyinka blamed collapse of most buildings on facilities and sub-standard processing of sandcrete block making.
Adeyinka explained that block makers must embrace right proportioning of sand, water and cement to get quality output.
He also stressed the need for the use of clean and drinkable water as against deleterious or toxic ones in block making.
The Tide reports that officials of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) also educated the stakeholders on the required standard in the industry for quality control.

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Tambuwal Allocates Land For Federal Fire Service

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Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has directed the state Ministry of Lands and Housing to allocate land for the immediate construction of the Federal Fire Service Zonal Office in the state.
According to reports, the governor gave the directive, yesterday in Sokoto while inspecting two fire fighting vehicles allocated to the zonal office by the federal government.
Tambuwal commended the federal government and Ministry of Interior for establishing the zonal office in the state and assured that all the courtesies being enjoyed by other federal government’s organisations in the state would be extended to the office.
“The federal government’s intervention in that regard would no doubt complement the state government’s efforts in that direction.
“As a government, we are fully committed to safeguarding the entire people of Sokoto State and their properties as well as ensure an enabling environment of their businesses to thrive.
“So, I want to assure you that all the courtesies being enjoyed by other federal government’s establishments in the state will be extended here for the overall development of the people,” he said.
Earlier, the Zonal Commander of the Federal Fire Service in Sokoto, Alhaji Bello Zagga said that the federal ggvernment had allocated four fire fighting vehicles to the zone, two to Sokoto and one each to Kebbi and Zamfara States.
Zagga solicited the support and cooperation of the state government for effective discharge of their duties, saying the office was established to ensure safe environment across the zone.

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