PRESIDENT of Building
Collapse Prevention Guild,
BCPG, Mr. Kunle Awobodu
has said that high cost of
land and building materials
and lack of manpower in the
building industry remained
the major problems impeding
housing provision in the
Awobodu also stated
that lack of social housing
programmes, non-effective
mortgage system and
stagnation of the economy
had hampered provision of
houses across the country.
The BCPG president,
while speaking to newsmen
recently, condemned the
rising cost of land and
building materials in
the country, saying that
government should do
something about it to arrest
Stories by Peter Usman the situation.
He further stated that dearth
of skilled and competent
artisans in the building
sector also remained another
challenge facing the sector.
“Skilled and competent
artisans come from the
neighbouring West African
countries such as Togo, Benin
Republic and others to do jobs
like tiling and POP in Nigeria.
“Nigerian youths are not
ready for such jobs, they are
only interested in what will
bring immediate money for
them” he expressed worries.”
The former NIOB chairman
also decried the lack of an
effective mortgage system
in Nigeria, saying that the
cost of borrowing money
from commercial banks to
construct houses was so high
that by the time the houses
were completed, they become
In a relative development,
the president of the Nigerian
Institute of Quantity Surveyors,
NIQS, Alhaji Murtala Aliyu
has called on the government
to encourage the development
of local raw materials in the
country in addition to giving
incentives to genuine property
According to him, “The
truth is that there is no way
government alone can supply
housing. Government may
continue to intervene, but
not in a fundamental way. By
promoting serious property
investors, I think we should be
able to address the housing gap
in the country.”
Aliyu said that apart from
blocks, and to some extent,
roofs, most of the raw materials
were imported for low-cost
housing, adding that there must
be a deliberate programme
to support producers of
construction materials locally.
“I think that what is important
is to take care of the supply
end. The demand will always
be there, even in developed
countries, there are demands.
So, once we are able to attend
to the supply end, encourage
people that are developing
estates at affordable rates,
encourage the development
of local building/construction
materials and also giving
incentives like concessions
or whatever to these housing
developers, I think we can get
out of these housing problems.
“Government can provide
the appropriate or enabling
environment for housing
development. Government
should give incentives to the
producers of local building
materials and also make it easy
for developers to acquire land
for housing estates” he said.
6 bedroom duplex
Abuja districts
where N10m can
buy houses
1.5% of
housing fund
get mortgage
loans – FMBN
PRESIDENT of the Commonwealth
Association of Surveying and Land
Economy, CASLE, Mr. Joseph
Olusegun Ajanlekoko has urged
the federal government to jettison
conventional housing provision
Ajanlekoko explained that the
problem with housing in Nigeria
was land availability, funding and
design, adding that if government
could tackle infrastructure which
is key towards having a decent
housing, then the private sector
could take over building houses
for the people.
He said that government should
go into partnerships under the
Public Private Partnership, PPP,
programmes, stating that the
private sector was more credible as
far as funding is concerned.
“If the new government can
provide the enabling environment,
provide the needed infrastructure,
I think that fund for housing can
easily come in,” he said.
According to him, “The
social housing which you are
talking about is a government
responsibility and government
can have access to funds if there
is a very articulate policy targeted
towards providing houses for the
The expert said, “There will be
two tiers of funding, the first is
for affordable housing and that
is why I said design has to come
in. We have been living in a fool’s
paradise; these kinds of buildings
that we have here can warehouses
at least three housing units
effortlessly and they will have all
amenities that we need. Seriously,
the appetite of Nigerians for big
things must be curtailed.”
Ajanlekoko noted that the need
to use unconventional approach
to fast-track housing in the
country cannot be underestimated,
stressing that even in America,
most of the houses were done on
fast track housing

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