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NUHS is keen to highlight news, relevant research and articles focusing on Housing in Nigeria and Africa; to inform our members of key issues and good practice. Some of these research will be by our members but most often will be through articles and research recommend to us by our network of members and friends.

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UNILAG, CIH, others collaborate to tackle housing deficiency:  Read more…

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Lagos developer partners TUC to build 100,000-unit workers’ estates: Read More…

 

UK’s Chartered Institute of Housing Visits Nigeria to Brainstorm with Stakeholders

Posted by African ExaminerLatest News, NewsWednesday, November 27th, 2013
By Eric Ojo

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A representative of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) in United Kingdom (UK), Mr. Roger Keller, will visit Nigeria next week to interact and brainstorm with professional colleagues and stakeholders in the housing sector of the Nigerian economy.

The Institute which currently has over 22,000 members and operates in more than 20 countries where courses in Housing are provided at undergraduate and post graduate levels, equally has a good number of Nigerians based in the UK in its membership.

The visit of Mr. Keller, who is the Head of Education of the Institute, is the result of several years of excellent collaboration between the Nigeria-UK Housing Society (NUHS) and its Nigerian counterpart, the African Housing Professionals Association of Nigeria (AHPAN) and the University of Lagos.

Keller will be hosted by the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the University of Lagos, on Monday 2ndof December and the event will also mark the official opening of the Centre of Excellence for Housing Studies, which is based in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the Akoka campus of the university.

The event will equally provide a platform for CIH to consult with key stakeholders on the specification for CIH membership for Africa.
The visit by the CIH Head of Education, according to a statement signed by Akintokunbo Adejumo, Country Director, NUHS, is an important step towards the accreditation of CIH courses at the Centre, which will lead to the internationally recognised CIH professional qualifications and membership.

The statement added that Keller will also travel to Abuja on the 3rd of December to meet with key stakeholders there, adding that the audience scheduled to discuss with him while in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) include, university lecturers, students, officers of Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria, (REDAN), Federal Mortgage Bank (FMB), Federal Housing Authority (FHA) and other key stakeholders.
The statement further explained that officers, consultants, and members of NUHS from the UK will be in attendance at the meetings, adding that Keller will also be meeting with stakeholders in Ghana on 4th and 5th of December.

The statement said NUHS and AHPAN are keen to expand the Chartered Membership of CIH to Africa and to increase capacity in the housing management and estate development sectors, noting that 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.

“Our vision started a few years ago when the two Co-Founders – Ade Aderogba MBE and Alhaji Nojeem Jimoh – met at the 2007 CIH annual conference in England. They decided to establish NUHS and invited several Nigerian UK-based housing professionals to join them – there are over 500 CIH members of Nigerian origin in the UK.

“The NUHS vision was further advanced when NUHS made an application for funding to AfDB through DTCA/Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja. The successful award of funding led to the establishment of the African Housing Professionals Association of Nigeria, to deliver the project in Africa”, the statement disclosed.

It also noted that AHPAN was set up to develop and improve professional housing standards in the sub-Saharan region of Africa and that AHPAN is affiliated to NUHS as its founding body. The organisation, the statement added, is 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.

“AHPAN also seeks to work with housing professionals in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. The principal partners in the pilot project funded by the AfDB include the University of Lagos (Nigeria) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana).

The Housing Centre of Excellence at the University of Lagos is the first operational centre funded with the AfDB grant and provides the model for other Housing Centres of Excellence under the project”, the statement stressed.

THE NIGERIAN HOUSING QUESTION: CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD Nasiru Anas

While decent housing is important to every individual and nation, housing crisis remains one of the global problems and a grave and rising challenge facing both urban and rural residents, particularly in most developing countries. Thus, inspite of a number of political, social and economic initiatives taken in the past in some of these developing countries, a great proportion of their population still live in substandard and poor houses and in deplorable, unsanitary residential environment. In Nigeria, since the 1960s, government has been developing housing policies with the aim of ensuring and providing decent and affordable housing for the Nigerian citizens, but housing problems remains intractable as many rural and urban population in the country do not have access to decent, safe and affordable housing. This paper therefore, attempt to show an overview of the housing delivery strategies taken by government in Nigeria since the 1960’s. Also the paper discusses some of the challenges militating against the achievement of the programmes. Finally, the paper draw recommendations that need to be taken in order to address problems of housing in Nigeria among which are: proper planning in the implementation of housing policies, equitable distribution of the programmes across the geopolotical zones, government consistency in the execution and the delivery of housing programmes among others. To read the full report, please click here.

Challenges in public housing provision in the post- independence era in Nigeria Eziyi Offia Ibem1 Michael Nwabueze Anosike2 Dominic Ezinwa Azuh3

This study investigated the contextual and organizational challenges in public housing provision in Nigeria in the post independence era. It was motivated by dearth of empirical studies on organizational challenges in public housing in this country. Using data derived from a survey of fifteen public housing agencies in southern Nigeria, the study found that scarcity of housing finance, lack of consistency and continuity in housing policy formulation and poor implementation strategies, unfavorable political environment and declining population of tradesmen in the construction industry were key contextual challenges militating against public housing provision. In addition, low level of inter-agencies collaborations, poor staff motivation and rewarding system as well as inadequate operational equipment and vehicles were responsible for the inability of public housing agencies to deliver on their housing mandate in the study area. The paper suggests that stable polity, consistency in housing policies and programs and capacity building in public housing agencies through public-private partnerships are needed to improve on the quantity and quality of public housing in Nigeria. To read the full report, please click here.

HOUSING SUSTAINABILITY IN NIGERIA: A MIRAGE OR REALITY By *Jimoh, R.A1, Odeniyi, V.A2 & Jibrin, I.A.M3. 1Building Department, Federal University of Technology, Minna-Nigeria

Housing is one of those fundamental social conditions that determine not only the quality of life and welfare of people but also that of places. It follows that where homes are located, how well designed and built, and how well they are woven into the environmental, social, cultural and economic fabric of communities are factors that, affect both the present and future generations. To this end, the position of Nigeria in relation to housing sustainability was examined through the self-administration of one hundred well- structured questionnaires to the participants at the 2013 Conference/Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Building. Housing sustainability parameters such as empowerment of poor communities, reform unsustainable policies and legislation that constrain the provision of sustainable housing, consideration of women relationship with housing, beneficial policies and legislation for the low income earners and availability of
mortgage instruments for the low income earners had mean scores of 1.54, 1.74, 1.89, 1.89 and 1.90 respectively. The implication of this is that Nigeria as a country has not shown enough commitment in this direction. All stakeholders must therefore be alive to their responsibilities so that the housing sustainability position of Nigeria could be improved significantly in the nearest future. Keywords: Adequacy; Affordability; Housing; Nigeria; Sustainability. To read the full report, please click here.