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MAN Advocates Public-Private Partnership For Infrastructure Dev

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The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has urged the Federal Government to engage in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programmes through concession agreements to ensure infrastructure development and economic growth.
The association made the call in its Economic Summary statement yesterday in Lagos.
MAN proposed the PPPs Build-Operate and Transfer (BOT) model in road construction and maintenance; rail construction and maintenance; with credible organisations to engender economic growth and development in 2019.
It called for the rehabilitation of existing key road networks across the country.
To further drive economic growth, the association suggested the resuscitation of the domestic refining of crude oil.
It urged a strong support of the development of petrochemical industries in the country.
“This industry is a critical raw-materials source for manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors.
“Ensure the operability of Independent Power Producers (IPP) for On/Off grid power generation and the Micro Grid Initiative,’’ MAN said.
It also called for the re-classification of the manufacturing sector into strategic gas users from the current commercial gas users’ classification.
To improve local content, MAN advised the monitoring and enforcement of the Executive Orders 003 and 005 by the Federal Government on patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the government.
To further construct a realistic Margin of Preference which will be applied by MDAs in their procurement decisions, MAN had earlier suggested 30 per cent purchase margin.
“We encourage the state and local governments to embrace patronage of made- in-Nigeria products by toeing the footsteps of the Federal Government in procurement decisions”, it said.
“This would sustain, monitor and enforce the 40 per cent Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ preferential participation rate in public procurement as recommended in the Executive Order 003.
“Furthermore, create a sustainable platform through which Nigeria’s general public will be continuously educated on the need to jettison the current penchant for foreign goods and patronise locally-manufactured products,’’ MAN said.
The association urged the close monitoring of smuggling, adulteration, counterfeiting and cloning activities in the country with stricter penalty against those found culpable of the offences.
It suggested the reduction of the Company Income Tax (CIT) from the prevailing 30 per cent to 20 per cent to promote higher productivity and employment.
The association sought further support of the various research institutes in the country and ensure the commercialisation of their research results.
“More focused research efforts and a broader approach to the commercialisation of research results would pay off, ‘’ MAN said.

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Ogun Seals Off Two Dilapidated Buildings …Marks 526 Others For Demolition

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The Ogun State Government has sealed off two dilapidated buildings in Abeokuta the state capital, and ordered occupants of the houses to move out within 24 hours.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mr Nafiu Adebiyi, told newsmen during an inspection tour at the weekend, that 526 other houses built on waterways, canal and erosion channels had been marked for demolition across the state.
Adebiyi said at the scene that the order became necessary to prevent loss of lives and other possible disaster which could arise from the partially collapsed buildings.
The two buildings were located along Nepa Road in Isabo area of the state capital.
“As a responsible government, we cannot continue to watch and allow the buildings to collapse totally while people still reside in them,” he said.
Adebiyi said that the government was only waiting for response from National Emergency Managment Agency (NEMA) which had promised to provide alternative shelters for the affected victims before demolition could be effected.
“Demolition of houses is not what can be done in a hurry, no matter how illegal such structures are.
“ In as much as human beings live in such houses, we must follow the rules in carrying out such demolitions,” he said. He affirmed that government’s intention was to ensure that nobody was negatively affected as a result of preventable natural disaster which was predicted by the National Metreological Agency (NIMET) earlier in the year.
“ It is not easy to dislocate people from their comfort zone. That is why we are approaching the process with human face.
“Moreso, many houses affected were not illegally located because as at the time most of them were built, those places were not close to water banks.
“It is the challenge of climate change that made the water levels to begin to rise, with resultant erosion.
“We are being carefull so that we don’t solve a problem by creating another one, “ he said.

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NIPOST Buildings’ Remodelling: CBN To Engage Architects, Others

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Ahead of the proposed National Microfinance Bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is planning to engage architects for the remodeling of the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) buildings needed for the project.
The Tide reports that the project is expected to throw up jobs for the nation’s real estate professionals, especially, architects, engineers, estate surveyors and builders.
New structures may also be built while the old facilities are expected to be reconstructed.
Sources hinted last week that the architects and other professionals needed for the projects will be hired by CBN from its pool of consultants, while the property arm of the Nigerian Postal Service is expected to involve their in-house officials in some aspects of the remodeling exercise.
Specifically, the buildings form the equity contribution of the postal system to the bank, which is expected to have an initial capital base of N5 billion. About 774 local councils have been penciled down for the project. The pilot phase will take off in six states and Abuja, namely Oyo, Rivers, Bauchi, Kaduna, Enugu and Kogi.
The design of the structure will include counters, strong rooms and offices for the banking operation.
The scheme is a mechanism,  which the apex bank hopes to drive financial inclusion of the people living in rural communities.  With locations in all the nooks and crannies of the country, NIPOST is providing accommodation for the establishment of the bank.
Confirming this development, CBN’s Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, said  new structures would also be provided where there are none  to facilitate physical contacts where necessary.
Okorafor stressed that the remodeling would be done to ensure that the buildings meet the standards set by the CBN.
He noted that the essence was to improve financial inclusion and capture those in the rural villages leveraging  on the NIPOST’s presence in  the 774 local councils across the country to reach its target beneficiaries.
“Nigeria is large with many rural areas without banking experience , we want to  employ digital payment to reach this people  in the villages  and the best way to reach them  is to get institutions that have a footprints  like NIPOST  that spread throughout the  774 local councils.  So what the CBN and bankers committee has done is to register a company, a micro finance bank that  has footprints across 774 local councils . Wherever there is a physical building of NIPOST already, we will remodel it and use it, if there is none, we will use fabricated building”, he added.
A NIPOST official, Musa Suleiman,  an engineer, said  the agency  would do all the  major maintenance while the  CBN would remodel the areas allocated to it for the  banking services.

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Stakeholder Laments CBN’s Removal Of Mortgage Interest Rate Cap

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A player in the real estate industry, Idaibi Fiberesima, has expressed worry over the impact the removal of mortgage interest rate cap by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) would have on housing delivery in the country.
Fiberesima, who is a member of the Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, in a chat with The Tide, Monday in Port Harcourt, noted that the move would spell doom for the industry.
He stated that the CBN’s recent removal of the interest rate cap for Primary Mortgage Institution (PMI),would worsen the housing delivery problems rather than improve it.
He said the move could further increase interest rates charged by mortgage banks, which he explained was between 22 and 26 percent before the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) started the refinancing of the Mortgage banks, noting however, that the interest rates came down to 17.5 percent for commercial mortgage institutions after the refinancing.
Fiberesima explained that the new provision which was issued in 2017 and became effective, September 9, 2019, indicates that interest rates and lending fees are now negotiable, which leaves the homeownership seeker at the mercy of PMIs depending on his negotiating power.
He added that the implication of the new policy is that interest rates would be determined by the risk profile of intending clients, saying, “high risk profile projects would attract high rates, while lower risk profile projects would attract lower rates or no deal at all’’.
The estate surveyor and valuer lamented that the mortgage system in Nigeria has not reduced to the housing deficit in the country, pointing out that the interest rate would be market driven and not sensitive to the housing challenge facing the average Nigerian worker.
He emphasised that the mortgage policy in the country did not encourage citizens to own their own homes, and pointed out that an interest rate of over 20 per cent and payment tenure of five years cannot be referred to as mortgage.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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