Experts mull regeneration of Nigerian cities

Issues of regeneration, rebuilding, recreating and reinventing Nigerian cities to reduce slum development takes centre stage as architects have been challenged to create a building design system to take care of the poor. DAYO AYEYEMI reports It is no longer news that Nigerian cities -Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Kano, Kaduna and Enugu among others, are faced with the challenges of urbanisation with Lagos taking the lead with an estimated population of 20 million people. This has resulted to overcrowding, dilapidated houses, incessant collapse of buildings, collapse of infrastructural facilities, increase…

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NTDA moves to boost residential scheme

…generates N4.7bn In a bid to improve on N4.7 billion generated between 2016 and April 2017, the Lagos State New Town Development Authority (NTDA) has rolled out different housing schemes to reduce accommodation shortfall in the metropolis. Besides, the General Manager of the agency, Mr Wasiu Akewusola, said the establishment of new schemes was aimed at creating better planned human settlements for the people and decongest the Lagos metropolis. Among the newly initiated projects, he said, was Golden Jubilee Estate in Sangotedo area of Ibeju Lekki, targeting 5,156 individuals at…

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Shopping: Recession hits The Palms, Ota

Unlike the Palms in Victoria Island and Ikeja Mall, which were fully subscribed to off-plan, Ota mall is struggling to secure tenants, four months after its inauguration. Dayo Ayeyemi reports Four months after an elaborate ceremony to commission The Palms Mall at Ota in Ogun State, over 75 per cent of the stores are still vacant, New Telegraph’s survey has shown. Except for some few brands such as Medplus Pharmacy, Inglot, Shoprite, Getalo, Mellaly, Max and Game Rendi, which have taken full position in the mall, many of the retail…

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How to deliver quality housing projects, by experts

Worried by poor management of home construction in the country, homebuilders, comprising individuals, real estate developers, the government and contractors, have been urged to engage the right professionals for quality delivery of housing projects. They made these calls at the 17th edition of Lagos Housing Fair with the theme: “Quality Management in Housing Delivery.” They said these calls became imperative due to plethora of cases of building collapse recorded in the last 10 years in Nigeria. The built environment stakeholders maintained that there were many storey buildings in Lagos metropolis…

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Surveyors advocate new national mapping

Surveyors are calling for a new national survey/mapping of the country to curtail activities of illegal immigrants, trans-border crimes and revenue loss from import duties. DAYO AYEYEMI reports Worried by the current spate of trans-border crimes, the built environment practitioners have tasked the Federal Government to carry out a new survey plan, which is known as mapping, across the country to checkmate activities of illegal immigrants along the nation’s borders with neighbouring countries. The practitioners, who are surveyors, noted that outdated national survey plan was responsible for various forms of…

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Lagos to invest N200bn in Ilubirin Foreshore project

Lagos State government is planning to invest N200 billion in Ilubirin Foreshore Housing Estate in the next five years, New Telegraph has learnt According to Commissioner for Housing in the state, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, the money will be injected into the project in phases to fast-track its development into mixed used development. He stated that the government had signed a Public- Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with First Investment Development Company (FIDC) to transform the scheme into a live, work and play environment. He said: “We are working with the private…

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Payment default: Developers may embrace rent-to-own scheme

Apparently buoyed by the success recorded so far under Lagos’ rentto- own housing policy, developers, the Federal Government and states have been implored to tinker with the idea. Dayo Ayeyemi writes When the Lagos State Government disclosed plans to begin the rent-toown policy in order to enhance homeownership, many doubted the sincerity of the government, considering its numerous empty houses with high price tags. However, the policy, which has produced 500 new homeowners in the last three months, is gradually becoming the cynosure of all eyes as real estate developers…

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