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Housing Development: Institution Harps On Data Creation

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The Chairman, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Mr Gbenga Ismail, has called on the governments and professionals in built environment to create data on housing developments in the country.
Ismail said yesterday, in Lagos that there was no comprehensive record on housing developments that could serve as a guide in planning for the housing sector.
He said the need for such data/record had become important because the occupied and unoccupied houses were not factored into the national data on housing deficit computed from outside the country.
Ismail said that large number of houses have been constructed but were not occupied by people may be due to the high cost of rent or other challenges.
The RICS chairman said that a sizeable number of houses were being managed by professionals in the built environment, adding that with the data, information about their rental values would be available.
“The data will reveal the exact number of needed houses, number of available houses, figure of unoccupied and unoccupied houses and even number of people living in decent houses among others.
“A building that is not let for at least a year should be categorised as unoccupied building.
“Some of the challenges are either that the rent is too high or that the buildings are not consistent with the need of the proposed end users.
“If we can gather this kind of data, we will begin to see what is obtainable and what the government and building professionals have not been able to do,” he said.
Ismail said there was need for the Federal Government to strengthen the policy on regulation of housing development to ensure that all available houses and the unoccupied ones were made habitable.
According to him, the quoted 17 million housing deficit of the country is an estimation being used for over 10 years now.
He said that nobody knows the exact figure of housing deficit in Nigeria.
“If the house deficit is put at 17 million about 10 years ago, it is expected that after a year or more, the figure will either reduce or increase considering the fact that the government and private individuals might have built houses.
“But Nigeria’s housing deficit has been put at 17 million for years now, this is not ideal.
“Therefore, the need for the data on housing developments becomes imperative to define the true state of housing deficit in the country,” Ismail said.

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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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