Rebuilding Borno: 192 Families To Get New Homes In Kaga

Succour has come the way of returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Kaga Local Government of Borno State, as about 192 families will soon take ownership of the newly reconstructed houses in the area.

The reconstruction project in Kaga is a pilot of the rebuilding project in affected communities within Borno, and the state government has set March 6 as the official date for allocation.

The development is part of the process of rebuilding Nigeria’s Northeast, after some states including Borno suffered unquantifiable loss as the ruthless Boko Haram unleashed terror on the states.

To achieve the humanitarian gesture, the Borno State Government got a seamless collaboration of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Japanese Government.

Kaga is the first beneficiary community owing to the return of calm and the absence of security threat to the civilian population in the area.

The project covers the reconstruction of municipal buildings, schools and most importantly homes of the affected population.

Officials say the rebuilding has paved way for villagers to have even better homes than they had before the crisis.

According to the Chairman of Kaga Local Government, Lawan Wasaram, the beneficiaries are elated by the project, as they haven’t had such luxury in a long time.

“They are happy; a villager who has not slept under a concrete building before and now he has sheets and concrete building, of course they are happy.

“Even when the rains come they are no longer worried. Their lives have changed from living in a village to a city,” Mr Wasaram said.

The Regional Coordinator of UNDP, Joerg Kuehnel, also expressed happiness that the international organisation, being one of the development partners of the Rebuilding Borno Project, has been looking forward to the success of the project.

“We are here today (Monday) to supervise one of the programmes we have been implementing with the government of Borno State.

“We have been supporting and working with them for months, to help with the reconstruction efforts and for us, it’s very important that we work through the communities so that it’s really the people that do it themselves.

“Today what’s important for us is to see how the project progresses and I have to say that I am very impressed with what I saw,” the UNDP official said.

The project has not helped only the homeless population, as a large percentage of the building workforce comprises of the IDPs.

One of the IDPs, Bukar Isa, became displaced when his hometown, Bama, was invaded by the Boko Haram militants.

Along with others displaced from other parts of the state, he has decided to make a living from the rebuilding programme.

“My daily pay as a mason is 3,000 naira (while) others get 1,500 naira and above.

“Since I came to Maiduguri, I have never lived in a camp. I rented a house in town and put my family there.

“I pray other idle youths out there would be encouraged to work and fend for themselves,” he said.

A representative of the Borno State government, Mr Babagana Umara, who is in charge of the reconstruction project, said the big plan is to empower the returnees.

Mr Umara believes the project would hopefully reduce the burden of housing and feeding the IDPs after the home allocation ceremonies.

Kukah: Men of God who took vow of poverty now enjoy comfortable cars, houses.

Matthew Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, has criticised church leaders who “enjoy” material things despite vowing to live simple lives.

Bishop Kukah said many Nigerian clerics are known to live lavish lifestyles while millions languish in penury.

He urged his fellow clerics to heed the advice of Jesus Christ, who asked the rich to sell their acquisitions and use the yield to help the poor.

Kukah asked religious leaders to respond to the needs of people and use their personal resources to assist those in dire straits.

Speaking at the second symposium and 50th death anniversary of Archbishop Charles Heery, in Onitsha Anambra state, Kukah said men of God should start practising what they preach.

“In terms of consecration, you profess the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience according to a particular charisma and sharing in a specific mission,” he was quoted to have said.

“God knows what you profess and certainly people know what you profess, but undoubtedly today, people question your way of living it.

“While many people in Nigeria today suffer poverty and want, church leaders and men of God who have taken a public vow of poverty, enjoy at least adequate material well-being and often have very comfortable houses, cars, and top technology in phones and computers and so on.

“To that something different which Jesus asked the rich young man to do, ’sell all we own and give the money to the poor and come follow me‘ is something we religious leaders cannot do because of our many obligations.

“It is something many will not want to do because of the securities it affords us. In terms of mission, it has been said that responding to the needs of the people determines where and how we live as church leaders, such as preaching of the gospel where it is most needed.

“God is asking religious leaders to use not only your personnel, but also your houses, your space, your other resources to be of service to the people in whatever way we can.

“In terms of communion, as church leaders, we say we witness through our lives to the communion of all people where all things are shared and used for the common good. Yet people see so many church leaders in Nigeria today who cannot live in communion with others because of tribalism and other divisions.”

Estate agents lament drop in prices of property

Estate agents have decried the drop in the price of landed property across Nigeria as a result of the economic recession plaguing the country.

Some agents and developers who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES said that the property market was seriously affected by the economic downturn, leading to huge drop in the prices being offered by potential buyers.

Seyi Sodiya, a Lagos-based estate developer, said there is a lull in the market also because the cost of production has increased.

He said even though people still build houses and buy property, production cost has doubled while the cost of workmanship has remained stable. He however expressed optimism that the market situation will change in the first quarter of this year.

“Yes, people are still buying property, building houses and carrying out projects but the cost of construction has doubled in some cases.

“The only thing that has been stable a bit is the labour wages. We hope that the momentum will improve in the first quarter of 2017,” he said.

Mr. Sodiya, however, described the economic recession period as the ‘choice’ time for buyers to bid for property, stressing that many property owners dispose their asset at lower prices at the time.

He explained that the crisis of foreign exchange and the fluctuating rate of the Naira had no impact on the prices of property last year, adding that it was largely because there was not much foreign direct investment, FDI.

“I believe now is the period (to buy property) if the price and location is right because a lot of property owners are disposing some property to offset debts, execute projects and have ready liquid cash.
“As per the exchange rate, there wasn’t any serious effect. Not really, especially if you look at it from the angle that we did not have much foreign direct investment, FDI,” Mr. Sodiya said.

He lamented that there were few buyers for the numerous property being put up for sale.


For Gideon Ele, a Port Harcourt-based estate agent, the property market in Nigeria today is flooded by numerous sellers and few or no corresponding buyers.

In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Ele explained that the disparity in the demand and supply rates is the cause of reduction in prices because buyers are only willing to pay less for properties.

“Most residential and commercial properties are all up for consumption; either to let or for sale. But there is no purchasing power to go after them. Of course, this has drastically reduced the prices of properties in the market.”

Mr. Ele said that this reduction in the purchasing power of buyers has forced many desperate property owners to put prices below the average worth of the properties.

“Let me give an example: there is a detached six bedroom duplex somewhere here at the Government Residential Area, GRA, in Port Harcourt. On a normal day, the house should go for between N5 million and N6 million because of its GRA location and its interior finishing. But the landlady slashed it to N3.5 million per annum yet she has not got anyone to take it.

“In fact, the lady keeps begging me every day to get a tenant to rent the place and with her level of desperation, if anyone offers her anything below that N3.5 million price, she will hurriedly grab it. This is the reality of the market.”

A civil servant at the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, who declined to have his name in print, also explained that the poor situation of things is why there are many unoccupied buildings in some parts of the city. She explained further that many politicians and government officials are being forced to put up their property for sale at ridiculous prices.

For Azeez Okanlawon, an estate agent at Sango-Otta, Ogun state, cost
of property has not really decreased, even though it has failed to move up. He attributed the constant rate of property in the area to the influx of residents from Lagos city centre.

“Cost of property, whether for rent or outright sales, has not reduced around here. Many people are moving into this area from Lagos and environs. But it has not really increased, either; perhaps due to the recession. You can still get a single room apartment here at N90,000.

“A nice 3-bedroom flat still hovers around N200,000 to N350,000, depending on the quality of the building and facilities available,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

Thompson Olowookere, an estate agent based in Ilorin, said owners of property are putting them up for sale at this period. He also complained of low patronage as there are very few buyers. While expressing hope that the situation would improve in the new year, Mr. Olowookere said it has not been easy surviving as an estate agent in the period of recession.

“It has not really been easy surviving as an (estate) agent. There are too many properties for sale and virtually no buyer; even though I tell people often that this period is the best time to acquire property.

“For instance, a property worth N5 million now goes for N3.2 million or even less. Yet, no one is buying them.”


Commenting on the way out, Mr. Ele said that the government needs to design a blueprint that will take the nation out of economic recession. He also said that the government should develop means of making money circulate among Nigerians, adding that loots recovered from corrupt politicians should be injected into the system.

“The onus lies on the government to be responsible. It should let Nigerians know our destination as a country from how the 2017 budget is implemented. Recovered loots need to be injected into the system too.”

On his part, Mr. Olowookere urged “the Buhari government to pump money into the system and let it circulate among Nigerians.”

A resident of Surulere area of Lagos, Lukmon Lasisi, however said that activities of the estate agents also need to be checked.

Mr. Lasisi explained that due to the shenanigans of estate agents, most properties are put up for sale at prices beyond the reach of many buyers, adding that it is the reason why many properties are avoided for a long period of time by potential buyers.

“The agents need to be checked, they are the cause of most problems associated with property rent and sales in Lagos here,” he said.

Edo lawmakers approve N200m houses for ex-governors.

The Edo House of Assembly on Wednesday approved the construction of houses for former governors and their deputies which should not be more than N200m and N100m, respectively, in any location of their choice.


The approval was sequel to the consideration of a bill for a law to amend the existing legislation on the Pension Rights of Governors and their Deputies in the state.


Moving the motion for the consideration of the bill, the Majority Leader, Foly Ogedengbe, moved that House rules 20, 27, 42, 43, 44 and 45 be suspended, to enable the assembly to consider the bill.


The motion was seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie (APC -Uhunwode).


Considering the bill as a committee of the whole, the lawmakers amended the law to read that a governor and his deputy shall be entitled to a house each, at any location of their choice.


The new law, however, provides that the houses shall not be more than N200m and N100m, respectively.

Suspected Herdsmen Kill 3, Raze Houses In Kaduna Villages

Suspected herdsmen have killed three persons in Dogon Daji community and torched part of Antang Village, near Godogodo in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The  Godogodo axis has been under intense siege of alleged herdsmen since July.

According to the residents of the affected villages, the itinerant herdsmen  have been forcing them out of their communities, claiming that their farmlands have been designated as Grazing Reserves by the government.

The council’s Acting  Chairman Humble Katuka who confirmed the raids, said that only two were killed in Dogon Daji and two houses burnt in Antang.

He said: “Report reaching me said that two people were killed in Dogon Daji, and then they burnt two houses in Atang.

“They diverted the attention of the police and soldiers stationed in Godogodo and sneaked to these areas to wreak havoc. But, security have been beefed up and I shall personally go there later to inspect what has happened.”

However, a source from Dogon Daji said: “This morning (yesterday), a group of herdsmen attacked our village (Dogon Daji). They killed three people. And injured about six others. I am not sure, because we have to move out women and children. Then, the armed herdsmen moved to Antang and burnt part of the village and injured some people.”

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Playboy Mansion Sold For $100 Million To Next-Door Neighbour, Daren Metropolis

Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion officially has a new owner: Daren Metropoulos, 33-year-old principal at private-equity firm Metropoulos & Co and co-owner of Hostess Brands.

The iconic home to countless legendary Hollywood parties and fantasies was originally put on the market for $200 million but sold for half that, according to a press release.

Built in 1927, the five-acre property features 20,000 square feet of living space, an infamous swimming grotto and one very unique feature: an official zoo license.

Since 1971, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has presided over the place and used it as both his home and office. It’s the most expensive recorded home sale in Los Angeles County history.

Hefner bought it back in 1971 for a mere $1.1 million. He added a heated swimming pool and a grotto in the 1970s.

Hefner, 90, will remain at the house for the duration of his lifetime, a spokesperson for Metropoulos confirmed to TIME. Metropoulos owns the adjacent property and intends to connect the two estate “at some point after Mr Hefner’s tenancy ends.”

“I feel fortunate and privileged to now own a one-of-a-kind piece of history and art,” Metropoulos said of the sale. “I look forward to eventually rejoining the two estates and enjoying this beautiful property as my private residence for years to come.”

Flood Destroys 5,300 Houses In Kano

Kano State Relief and Emergency Agency on Tuesday confirmed that at least 5,300 houses were destroyed by flood in six Local Government Areas of Kano State.

Executive Secretary of SREA, Aliyu Bashir, who confirmed the disaster in Kano said, the affected Local Government Areas include, Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru Shanono, Bagwai and Garun Mallam.

In Dawakin Kudu, over 2,300 houses were affected while not less than 600 houses in each of the remaining five areas were also destroyed by the flood.

Bashir disclosed that officials of the agency had undertaken an assessment visit to all the affected areas, so as to determine the extent of damage caused by the flood.

Also, he revealed that the State Government will come to their aid of the victims as an interim measure, as soon as the Agency concludes and submits its report.

As at the time of filing this report, our Report in Kano had not gone round the metropolis to ascertain any destruction that may have been caused by Monday’s downpour, which started at about 6pm and lasted to the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Police To Build Affordable Houses For Junior Officers Nationwide

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, says the force has commenced the building of affordable houses nationwide for inspectors and other lower rank officers in its efforts to improve their welfare condition.

Mr Arase announced this on Thursday at the commissioning of the Nigerian Police Force Micro Finance Bank in Kaduna State, North west Nigeria.

The Inspector General of Police, represented by the DIG in-charge of Finance and Administration, Dan’Azumi Doma, disclosed that through the NPF Micro Finance, Officers, rank and file of the Police Force can assess loans which they can use to build their own houses and carter for their families.

While reassuring the determination of the current management of the Nigerian Police Force to improve on the welfare of officers and men, the DIG explained that the housing initiative is targeted to boost the morale of the personnel and make them comfortable even upon retirement.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Shehu and Chairman of the NPF Micro Finance Bank, Azubuko Udah, both urged the police personnel and members of the public to patronize the bank.

The Nigerian Police Force Micro Finance Bank was established in 1992 as a welfare scheme to mobilize funds to carter for the welfare of police officers.

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EFCC Seizes N5bn Houses Of Ex-NAF Chief, Amosu, Others

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized houses and other properties belonging to the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu (retd.), and other senior military officers worth N5bn.

 senior EFCC official, who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent that the suspects and others were cooperating fully with the anti-graft agency.

The source in Abuja, said, “We have sealed a block of 12 luxury flats, located on Agodogba Street, Park View Estate, Ikoyi, belonging to Adigun. It is worth over N1.7bn. The same Adigun also owns another block of luxury flats on Sinari Daranijo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. It is worth N1.8bn

“A parcel of land, located on Bourdillon Drive, Ikoyi, worth N908m, belonging to Adigun has also been seized by the EFCC operatives.”

The source added that six other properties had been traced to Adigun, including a set of four terrace houses on Agede Street, off Aminu Kano in the Wuse 2 area of Abuja.

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Again, Boko Haram Storms Maiduguri With RPGs, Destroys Houses

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists last night stormed Maiduguri with sophisticated weapons with a view to take over the town.

Thunderous sound of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) fired by the terrorists forced the already traumatized residents to suspend their sleep.

Sources said the terrorists wanted to attack the town through Dala suburb, the same direction through which they attacked the town last Saturday.

“No life was lost but some houses have been detroyed, with two of them which the RPG bombs hit directly  at Ajilari Dalori completely  destroyed while  the occupants, including women and children sustained various degrees of injuries,” said Ajid Mohamed, a resident of the affected area.

The attack was launched between 12.20am and 1.40 am.

Though troops of the Nigerian army immediately responded by firing artillery guns in the direction of the approaching insurgents, the exchange of fire continued unabated for over one hour, forcing residents who were living around the red zone to flee their homes in the dead of the night.

Another resident of the area, Jafar Mukhtar Kolima complained that Nigerian troops are always on the defensive instead of taking the war to the insurgents.

“I strongly feel the terrorists are getting the audacity to attack because they believe nobody will pursue them to their hideouts. How can you always wait for your enemy to strike before you respond,”? he asked.

“We thank God that the whole of Maiduguri is surrounded by a trench otherwise these terrorists would have taken over Maiduguri long ago,” he added.

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Sokoto State Government Bans Building Of New Houses

The Sokoto State  government yesterday announced temporal  ban on the allocation of new plots and construction of new houses in Sokoto city and its environs.

It however said the ban would be lifted by the end of December, “when all the distortions and discrepancies are expected to have been rectified.”
Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Alhaji Nasiru Dantsoho,  at a press briefing  to mark this year’s World Habitat Day, expressed the state government’s resolve  to ensure that  residents receive approvals from government before embarking on construction.