Alhaji Fasasi Muhammed-Jamiu, National President, Builders And Construction Skilled Artisans Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN) has called on government and investors to patronise building artisans directly to enhance affordable housing and greatly reduce its deficit.
Muhammed-Jamiu made the call on Sunday in a congratulatory message to President Muhammadu Buhari over his re-election, signed by him in Abuja.
According to him, the Buhari-led government has been shown commitment to reducing housing deficit,adding the association has also subscribed to that goal.,
He said members of the association had crucial role to play in reducing housing deficit in the country, if effectively patrinused by government and investors.
NNN reports that housing deficit in the country hovered between 17 million and 20 million housing units, increasing by about 900,000 units annually in a nation of over 180million people.
“The major hindrance to significant reduction of housing deficit is high cost of housing to majority of the populace who are low income earners.
” That cost can be reduced if governments and housing investors directly engage artisans in their projects across the country.
“If there is land, two to three bedroom flats can be completed between N4 million and N5 illion in major cities like Abuja. This will further reduce,interms of cost, if the buildings are in block of flats.
” But the market prices in such areas go for 10 million to 15 million, which naturally makes it difficult for low income earners to buy them.
“Most middle men in government and private housing projects inflate cost of labour but pay peanuts to our members who toil round the clock on the sites.
” High percentage of the cost usually go to the middlemen who makes it difficult for low income earners to get affordable homes,” he said.
The association’s president also said some property owners and middle men did not only inflate cost of labour but also compromised standard of materials and safety.
“We, the artisans know the right materials for quality work but we are helpless whenever those engaging us procure substandard or inadequate ones.
” Our efforts to report such sharp practises to regulatory bodies often put us at the receiving end.
” Such situation accounts for 99 per cent of building collapses and defects.”
Muhammed-Jamiu said the associatiin got better attention under Buhari’s administration and would fully cooperate with the government to achieve its people -oriented programmes.
He called for the provision of more logistics for the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to boost its effit in reducing in the provisio if affordable house for the masses.
This he said was important especially as the Buhari government warmed to take the nation to the next level of development, in its second term.
He commended the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) for engaging the association in their bid to eradicate substandard projects in the country. (NNN)
Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Dada Ahmed.
Housing project:Yobe Govt. sets 9 months time-frame for completion of first phase
Yobe Government has assured that the construction of the first phase of 1,800 housing units across the state, approved on May 4, would be completed in nine months.
Alhaji Bukar Dauda, the Commissioner, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development gave the assurance while answering questions from newsmen on Thursday in Damaturu.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the state government approved N15.96 billion for the completion of 3,600 houses to bridge the state’s housing deficit.
The housing project, to be constructed in phases, include 701 units of three-bedroom, 324 units of two-bedroom urban design and 775 units of rural building design.
The funds for the housing units will be secured from the Federal Ministry of Finance through the Family Homes Finance Limited.
Dauda said the state government was sure of the time frame because most uncompleted projects were due to lack of payment to contractors.
“In this case, however, we have assured the contractors that as soon as they reach certain agreed level in the project, they will be paid within just a week.
“So we hope somewhere around Jan. 2021, the 1,800 houses will be completed. That is our target,” the Commissioner said.
The commissioner also said the cumulative cost of the first phase of the project stood at N7.4 billion while the state government had already paid 15 per cent mobilization fee to the contractors.
He said one of the contract terms was that the contractors must patronise Yobe Sahe Aluminium Company for roofing sheets to strengthen the economy of the state.
Edited By: Joe Idika (NAN)https://nnn.ng/housing-projectyobe-govt-sets-9-months-time-frame-for-completion-of-first-phase/
Housing Secretary sets out plan to re-start housing market in UK
A man walks past an estate agent in Manchester, Britain on May 14, 2020. According to a British government announcement, from May 13, people in England can move home if they follow new guidance published by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. All buyers and renters will now be able to complete purchases and view properties in person, while estate agents, conveyancers and removal firms can return to work while following social distancing guidelines. (Photo by Jon Super/Xinhua)https://nnn.ng/housing-secretary-sets-out-plan-to-re-start-housing-market-in-uk/
Tambuwal loses Commissioner for Lands, Housing
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Sunday announced the death of his Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Alhaji Surajo Marafa-Gatawa.
A statement by Tambuwal’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Relations, Malam Muhammad Bello, said late Mafara-Gatawa passed away on Sunday (today) after a brief illness.
Bello said the late commissioner, born on Sept. 15, 1957, was an astute politician.
He said that the deceased had been a Councillor in Sabon Birni Local Government Area (1988-1989) and also Chairman of the same Council (1991-1993).
According to the statement, Mafara-Gatawa has been a member of the House of Representatives for Isa/Sabon Birni Federal Constituency between 1999-2007
“During Gov. Tambuwal’s first tenure, he was the Commissioner for Social Welfare for four years, later he was moved to the last position he held until his death,” Bello stated.
He said that Mafara-Gatawa, survived by three wives and many children, had since been buried according to Islamic rites.
Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)https://nnn.ng/tambuwal-loses-commissioner/
Works and Housing minister mourns Abba Kyari
The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, has described the death of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, as a great loss to the nation.
Aliyu in a condolence message on Sunday in Abuja said it was, however, gratifying that the late chief of staff died while on active service to his fatherland, adding that he lived a good life of service.
He explained that Kyari’s demise remained a doubtless loss to the nation, stressing that the country had lost a rare gem.
“He was a technocrat par excellence, and a seasoned administrator who deployed his deep knowledge, competence and experience in serving his country,” he said.
The minister, therefore, condoled with President Buhari for losing a long – time trusted ally, dedicated and obedient aide, as according to him, the vacuum will be difficult to fill.
He also commiserated with the deceased’s immediate family and the government and people of Borno for the demise of an illustrious son, adding that only God Almighty could heal the wound inflicted by this death.
“It is indisputable that Malam Abba Kyari had deployed his intellect, tact and vast knowledge in serving Nigeria as President Buhari’s Chief of Staff.
“His finesse and strategic approach to every issue before him easily endeared him to whoever he interacted with. His contribution will be sorely missed,” the minister said.
Aliyu further said Kyari would be remembered as one of President Buhari’s dependable allies who had worked tirelessly to actualise the visions and aspirations of the president in rebuilding the country.
Meanwhile, Aliyu had urged the public to heed to the precautionary protocols issued by health authorities regarding the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
He said the observance of physical and social distancing and commitment of all relevant authorities as well as fervent prayers from all citizens were key options to abate further spread of the pandemic.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Kyari passed on as result of health complications after testing positive to the COVID-19.
Edited By: Martins Odeh/Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)