African Housing Professionals Association of Nigeria (AHPAN)
AHPAN was set up to develop and improve professional housing standards in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa. AHPAN is affiliated to the Nigeria-UK Housing Society (NUHS) as its founding body. The organisation successfully obtained funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB), through the Department for Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, to develop Housing Centres of Excellence in Nigeria and Ghana; in partnership with the UK Chartered Institute of Housing.
Ten universities in five African countries will be selected to secure necessary accreditation from CIH for providing professional housing courses. Two institutions will be selected from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and later, South Africa respectively.
An MOU has been signed with the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and those for the Federal University of Technology Minna (Nigeria), the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology Kumasi (Ghana) and the University of Ghana (Legon) will soon follow. The Ghana Institute of Housing under the able leadership of Helen Ankrah M.Sc FCIH has been registered and NUHS Partners in Kenya and Uganda are also currently in the process of registering their own Housing Institutes. Contact has been made with South Africa where the University of Cape Town is studying the prospects of joining the Project.
The origin of the grant is the efforts of the Federal government of Nigeria to encourage its citizens in the Diaspora to return home and help bridge the knowledge gaps in various fields. Nigeria is a founding member of the African Ministerial Council for Housing and Urban Development (AMCHUD) whose mandate is to tackle the housing problems facing all the 54 countries on the continent. Nigeria, through its Directorate of Technical Co-operation in Africa (DTCA) delegated AfDB to administer a Diaspora Fund from which NUHS has now benefited.
The Housing Centre of Excellence at Unilag is the first operational centre funded with the AfDB grant and provides the model for other Housing Centres of Excellence under the project.
While NUHS is a UK registered not-for-profit organisation, AHPAN is incorporated in Nigeria as an NGO governed by its Board of Trustees, who are responsible for executing the AfDB funded project.
The Board of Trustees (BOT) for AHPAN are:
- Mr Nojeem Jimoh, Fellow CIH and Co-Founder NUHS
- Mr Ade Aderogba CIHCM and Co-Founder NUHS
- Prof Olu Nubi, Head of Department Estate Management University of Lagos
- Barrister Akintoye Adeoye, Vice President REDAN
- Michelle Adeyinka, CIHCM and President NUHS
- Chuka Agbasiere, CIHCM and Treasurer NUHS
Our Director for Africa Mr Adekunle Babayemi M.Phil FCIH is supervising activities in Africa, under the guidance of AHPAN’s BOT.
Centre of Housing Excellence – University of Lagos (UNILAG)
The University of Lagos Centre for Housing Studies (CHS) is a new facility commissioned to deliver a wide range of capacity building courses and academic research in the field of housing. The Centre was recently opened with financial support from the AfDB grant and supported by NUHS/AHPAN.
The Centre will bridge the skills gap and meet capacity needs of professionals in the housing sector and affiliated professions. The Centre is allied with the Chartered Institute of Housing, UK, and is a flagship resource designed to meet challenges facing the housing sector in Africa.
The Centre for Housing Studies will play a major part in creating opportunities to learn and gain professional housing qualifications in Nigeria. NUHS and AHPAN regard the Centre as a pivotal link for the work we seek to do in Nigeria with our professional partner, CIH. This partnership with Unilag is regarded as a long-term one. Indeed our vision is that the permanent Centre will provide a location and secretariat for AHPAN members and eventually, the proposed NIH. We owe enormous thanks to Unilag and Professor Olu Nubi for their foresight and shared vision to effect change, improve housing supply and conditions but most importantly create sustainable communities. Also our other partner, REDAN have directly and indirectly given us anchorage and confidence to take forward our vision in Nigeria. We owe great thanks to Barrister Adeoye (REDAN Vice President) and Chief Afolayan (REDAN President) for their individual support.
Nigerian Institute of Housing (NIH)
There are a number of institutions that focus specifically on Housing across the world. However, our research has confirmed that in Nigeria, there is a gap in Housing approach to ensure built communities conform to a standard format, which is essential for robust Housing Management.
This vacuum needed to be filled as a matter of urgency and this challenge has been embraced by patriotic Housing professionals of Nigerian origin, resident in the United Kingdom; many of who hold/have held very senior and executive positions in the Housing sector in England. As Chartered CIH qualified members of Nigerian origin begin to return home, plans are being made to establish the Nigerian Institute of Housing (NIH) to become an active professional membership organisation along with other built environment professional bodies in the country e.g. the NIA, the NIESV, Chartered Quantity Surveyors, Chartered Builders etc. This will greatly support the Government’s announcement that 1 million homes will be built annually over the next few years in order to meet the 16 million national housing shortage.
Steps have been taken to register the Nigerian Institute of Housing (NIH) in Nigeria and ultimately secure legislative approval in line with other professional bodies in the country e.g. Architects, Accountants, Surveyors, etc.
Below is a copy of the draft Constitution for the Nigerian Institute of Housing. We are actively consulting on this with key stake holders. We welcome your comments which can be e-mailed to NUHS at email@example.com
West African Accreditation Group (WAAG)
To develop an accreditation framework for West Africa, we needed to understand what is expected of housing professionals in Nigeria and Ghana. This would normally involve a CIH education expert spending time in Ghana and Nigeria meeting with front line staff, their managers, people in specialist roles, people in more senior positions and those responsible for learning and development to map out what people do and the range of knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to be effective in their current posts and what they need to prepare themselves for potential future roles.
In addition to CIH, a West African Accreditation Group (WAAG), was set up to include colleagues from NUHS and other stakeholders from Nigeria and Ghana, together with selected people involved in the delivery of the housing service in these countries.
The group meets regularly to validate the list of functions and to organise them into clusters which can be grouped under a small number of broad headings. The work of the WAAG has supported the development of the CIH Draft Specification for CIH membership Africa. The Specification is the agreed Expectations of a Housing Professional in West Africa.
Below is a copy of the draft CIH Specification for West Africa. We welcome your comments which can be e-mailed to NUHS at firstname.lastname@example.org