Architects explore property cooperatives

  In a bid to enhance home ownership among members, the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), Lagos chapter, is initiating cooperative society model to take care of their accommodation needs. Chairman, Fitzgerald Umah, who made this known, said Lagos Architects Property Cooperative (LAPC) has become imperative in order to exploit opportunities of home ownership for its numerous members. Besides, he said it would afford them the opportunity to develop the land allocated to the institute by the Lagos State Government. Speaking at his re-election ceremony, Umar gave assurance that the…

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Plastic pollution raises fresh ecological concern

With tons of plastics littering the Nigerian environment, including seashores and seabed, experts have raised the alarm over looming pollution. Dayo Ayeyemi reports   If the dangerous effects of plastic waste on the environment are anything to go by, no stone must be left unturned to check the menace threatening human survival across Nigeria. From the inner streets to major highways of cities in Nigeria, indiscriminate dumping of plastic objects is becoming rampant. This dangerous waste, which ranges from bottles to electronic, pure waste sachets and polythene bags often used…

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C of O: Infrastructure upgrade stirs controversy

Current urban infrastructure renewal in Nigerian cities, especially Lagos State, has revealed that most property owners in the affected communities do not have Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), leaving them at the mercy of government to either lose or retain their property. DAYO AYEYEMI reports   The current drive for urban infrastructure renewal of cities across Nigeria is gaining momentum at the state government levels across the country. As laudable as this programme is, it is coming with mixed blessings as some individuals and business owners are happy while…

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Architects task govt on affordable housing

  Issues of urban regeneration to architectural designs, smart city, affordable housing and climate change were again brought to the fore by architects and professionals in the property sector last weekend. Dayo Ayeyemi reports Rising from a three-day brainstorming session, Nigerian architects have been tasked to mount pressure on the government to formulate policies and invest in affordable housing estates for low-income earners. Besides, they were also urged to achieve sustainability by incorporating the use of local materials in their projects, as well as engage the government to make it…

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Why real estate market is yet to recover, by facility managers

From residential to commercial, office space and retail mall, there are signs that real estate market is still struggling to recover from the lull, New Telegraph has learnt.   This is evident in low demand for properties, existing vacancy rates, rent service charge defaults and low construction activities in the sector – almost six months after Nigeria came out of one and half years recession.   Group Managing Director, Alpha Mead, Mr. Femi Akintunde, an engineer, sais despite the fact that the market characteristics have been gradually fading away owing…

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NHP: Contractors seek release of budgeted N35bn

Dearth of funds may hinder full implementation of various on-going housing projects in 33 states of the federation under the National Housing   Except the necessary machinery is put in place, attempts by the Federal Government to build affordable housing units in all the states of the federation under its National Housing Programme (NHP) may become another white elephant project.   Despite the readiness of real estate developers, who are government contractors for the project, the latest threat to the initiative is fund, which is not coming as at and…

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Unending trials of collapsed building culprits

For about four years now, two major cases bordering on building collapse in Lagos have been in court without a foreseeable end to punish the culprits. DAYO AYEYEMI reports   There has been a spike in the number of building collapse in the country with over 20 cases recorded in the last 15 years. Of more concern is the lack of punishment for those responsible for the collapses until the public outcry that greeted the collapsed guest house of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in 2014, where over…

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ASO Savings accelerates works in Kaduna model development

In line with its vision to be the mortgage bank of choice, ASO Savings & Loans Plc is partnering Environmental Engineering and Construction Limited and Realines Global Konsult Ventures Limited to bring into reality a Kaduna model development. The project, which offers 171 units of three and four bedroom bungalows and serviced plots of 450 square metres (sqm), 600sqm and 900sqm, sits on 11.9 hectares of land located within the Kaduna Millennium City. According to a document from the bank, completion of infrastructure works at the Kaduna model development housing…

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Katsina govt launches electronic certificate of occupancy

The Katsina State Government via it’s Ministry of Lands and Surveys has today launched the ELECTRONIC CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY According to the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys, Hon Abubakar Sadiq Sada, in his opening remarks, this is to ease the process of acquiring land across the state. He further added that the process is fully online The Katsina State Governor Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari CFR while delivering his address stressed the need for the State Government to comply with Global best practices and to simplify the ease of acquiring…

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Climate change: ‘Lagosians shouldn’t burn refuse’

Residents of Lagos have been warned against burning of refuse in order to prevent the release of hazardous gases, which has serious implications on human health and environment. Chief Operating Officer of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, Mr. Thomas Forgas, made this call in Lagos. He said it was not ideal for residents to burn and bury their refuse.     Rather, he urged that they should pack their waste and drop in designated waste collection points for prompt evacuation. He said: “It is healthy for people to pack their waste in…

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