FG To Initiate A National Cooperative Housing Scheme For Informal Sector – Fashola
* Minister commends the innovativeness of promoters as he unveils Prefabricated Assembly and Installation Building Facility in Abuja
* Says objective is to use cooperatives as a driving force in the countrys Housing programme
* Pledges governments support for initiatives that promote national housing
* Urges caution over the repetition of a housing deficit figure that is unfounded
The Federal Government plans to initiate a National Cooperative Housing Scheme in the country as a provision to bring the informal Sector into the nation’s Housing Programme, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has said in Abuja.
Fashola, who spoke at the unveiling of Karmod Nigeria Limited’s Pre-Fabricated Assembly and Installation Building facility in Abuja, said the objective was to use cooperatives as a driving force in the country’s Housing programme adding that their success in markets, in transportation and Agriculture, among other areas of the economy would be an incentive to achieve success in the sector.
The Minister, who said the government would also leverage on the successes and numerical strength of the cooperatives manifested in the many unions and associations they have in every state of the country, added that they would be mobilized under the aegis of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to obtain loans to develop their own houses according to their tastes and preferences.
Cooperatives which would be eligible to participate in the scheme, the Minister said, would be those “who are properly registered, who have their trustees and leaderships to act for them, who have their own lands and who convey an approval of the type of house they want so that they won’t be stranded”.
“We will tell them to get a planned approval for land in which ever state so that it won’t become a slum. We will work with that state’s government to ensure that access roads are built; we will give them development loans to give Real Estate developers so that you build for yourself and contribute the counterpart fund to finish. In this way we will achieve the scheme”, he said.
Fashola said the Next Level Agenda of the present administration encompasses policies and programmes that are people oriented and are meant to consolidate and sustain the achievements made in the last four years in all sectors of the economy adding that policies like the Eligible Customer and the Off-Grid initiative have enabled private businesses to source their own power either directly from generation companies or independent of the national grid as done by Messrs Karmod Nigeria Limited.
“If you follow the trajectory of government plans, Housing and Consumer Credit, this is one of the major objectives of this government in its Next Level Agenda; Agro development, food production, processing, manufacturing and transport infrastructure – Roads, Rail, Airports and Seaports, Education and Healthcare. These are the major focal areas of this government”, the Minister said.
He commended the Chairman of the Company, Mr. Hakeem Shagaya, for investing in Housing saying in so far as it seeks to boost housing development in the country, the investment “sits appropriately within the focal area of the government which is Housing and Consumer Credit”.
“In the past, government has made policies that support direct access for small , medium and large agencies to take their own power directly from generating companies under the policy of Eligible Customer”, he said adding that the decision by the company to adopt Off-Grid supply was also a major policy shift of the Buhari Administration in the last three years; “promoting direct and independent power development so that business clusters can come together, develop their own grid, share it subject to licensing by the regulator; and so also can market clusters”.
Also congratulating the Chairman of Karmod International, Mr. Mesut Cankaya from Turkey “for bringing the investment to Nigeria”, Fashola, who told him that as government, from local, state and federal government, “Nigeria is ready to do business”, assure him of government’s support, not only at the Federal level but also at the municipal level “to enable you plant your foot and expand your business”.
Describing the investment in pre-fabrication method of building houses as “an innovation into Housing development”, which, according to him, “proposes an alternative method of building houses”, Fashola said the innovation was welcome; adding , “innovation is the driver of growth; it is the driver of prosperity and we are ready to partner with you”.
The Minister, however, tasked the Chairman and his team to engage in aggressive marketing “to persuade the end users to change what has become an acquired taste” adding that this would be expedient because taste and preferences in the choice of houses differ from country to country, from community to community and even from culture to culture.
“In some countries you see people building with timber; in other places they prefer burnt brick and in some other places they have adopted container type buildings. In all of this and at the end of the day no one can successfully prescribe that this is the method of Housing that people must all adopt”, he said adding that the transformation or acceptability was often slow and informed by culture, experience and other social indices.
He recalled some places where government had suddenly tried to move people from mud houses and the project had been developed but with no consultation and preparation adding that the people chose to ignore those houses and refused to move. He told the Chief Executive, “So it is now where the product can meet the market and that will be the challenge to you and your team how to make this an acceptable method of building”.
The Minister noted, however, that with the growing population of young people who, according to him, “are ready to go and who do not require too much space to operate in”, it would not be too burdensome to find a market for the type of building, adding that the young people would more readily accept such innovation than the older generation.
“We must accept that we have a growing large population of young people. We will also accept that we cannot live the same way. Their needs have changed, they do not need too much space. Their world is reduced to their laptops. They want to get up and go”, he said adding that all of the planning in infrastructure development must take cognizance of the need of the young generation.
Fashola promised that if the company could find ready market, government was positioned to respond. He declared, “But whatever you do, if the rubber (product) meets the road (market )and you close the deal, again, apart from infrastructure, government is positioned to respond”.
“We have the Federal Mortgage Bank that is managing the Housing Fund. The director is here; and every month they disburse a substantial amount of money from contributions made by contributors to help people access housing, to help people develop estates”, he said adding that it would be in the common interest of every Nigerian to open an account with the Federal Mortgage Bank because, according to him, “once we do, we will very likely benefit from it”.
Dismissing the much touted 17 million as Nigeria’s housing deficit, Fashola, who said he had investigated all the quoted sources of that figure, including the World Bank, declared, “Where did the 17 million figure come from”, adding that according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistic survey, the actual figure of Nigeria’s households stand between 35 and 40 million households nationwide.
“Let us assume that one family lives in one house and you are saying that 17 million is the deficit; that means that more than half of Nigeria’s population is homeless. Is it a reality?”, he said adding that there was need to think through the issue and plan with the correct numbers so as to get the market right while the investment would also be sustainable and could deliver from the profit returns.
Maintaining that the 17 million housing deficit was unfounded, Fashola disclosed that the Ministry of Works and Housing has set up a team, and is hiring research companies to go round major urban centres to do an audit as a sample of how many houses have been virtually unoccupied for six months and above. “That will tell us whether we should be producing more or change strategy”, he said.
During a short interaction with newsmen after inspecting the Karmod Prefabrication facility, Fashola, who reiterated that it was an innovation in the Built Industry, declared, “It is innovation by young people; it’s innovation that brings investment into Nigeria, it is innovation that brings business and progress. And, therefore, government recommends it as part of its business expansion along with the economic opportunities that it brings”.
“So it sits very well with one of the key objectives of the government in terms of housing development and consumer credit. Every house creates a demand for finance. And potentially every mortgage being signed deepens our access to credit for people”, the Minister said.
Noting that the framework of the prefabricated building he just commissioned within the company’s premises was made from 12 shipping containers and finished with cement boards and other materials, the Minister reiterated that if the product found acceptability and the company was able to roll it out, government would give support through the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria.
“To my right here is one of the directors of the Federal Mortgage Bank who is saying that if they find buyers who are ready to off-take and there is a market and those buyers are willing to bank with the FMBN that will elicit for them an opportunity to get mortgage finance credit”, he said, adding, “So, we are, in a sense as government, with policies and programmes, taking demand to the market and enabling entrepreneurship flourish”.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Mr. Hakeem Shagaya, said the company was established five years ago in partnership with a Turkish company with the objective of helping to bridge the nation’s housing deficit which he put at about 17 million adding that in order to address the problem the company has adopted the simple philosophy of fast production, fast execution and fast assembly.
Also present at the occasion which took place at the company’s premises at Plot 3075, along Kubwa Expressway, included Chairman, Karmod International, Mr. Mesut Cankaya and renowned entrepreneur Alhaja Bola Shagaya, among other Stakeholders in the Built Industry as well as top officials from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF POWER, WORKS & HOUSING
(WORKS & HOUSING SECTOR)
HEADQUARTERS, MABUSHI, ABUJA
INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION/EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EoI) FOR WORKS , GOODS AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES
The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Works & Housing Sector) intends to execute some capital projects as provided for in the 2019 Appropriation Act, in compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007. The Ministry, therefore, invites interested and competent Contractors, Suppliers and Consultants to submit Technical and Expression of Interest (EoI) documents for the execution of Year 2019 Projects:
2.0 SCOPE OF WORKS/ASSIGNMENTS
Details of the Scope of Works/Assignments are contained in the Bid Documents. The projects were grouped/categorized into A to F, respectively. Bidders are therefore, requested to submit their respective Technical/EoI documents for the categories chosen on the basis of the specific requirements for each project as categorized and specified in Sections 4.0 of this publication.The projects are listed in the table below:
|CATEGORY ‘A’: ROADS & BRIDGES|
|A.1||Dualisation of Akure to Ado Ekiti Road in Ondo /Ekiti States|
|A.2||Construction of Ukana –AkpaUtong-Ikot Ntuen Road Akwa Ibom State|
|A.3||Rehabilitation of Achingali- Udoobiz-Udo-Na-Umumwana-Ubakala Road including Bridge Across Imo River in Imo State|
|A.4||Rehabilitation of Sokoto-Illela (Nigeria)-Birnin Konni (Niger Republic) Road in Sokoto State|
|A.5||Construction of Iluke – AiyetoroKiri – Abugi – Eggan Road, Kogi State|
|A.6||Construction of Bama – Gulumba – Rann Road|
|CATEGORY ‘B’: ROADS & BRIDGES|
|B.1||Rehabilitation of Odo –OnaElewe Idiayunre- Mamu Ogun State Border in Oyo State|
|B.2||Construction of Tamawa-Gulu Road in Kano State Phase 3: Maigari – Gulu Section|
|CATEGORY ‘C’: OTHER ROAD & BRIDGES|
|C.1||Construction/Rehabilitation of Roads and Bridges in the Six (6) Geo-Political Zones|
|D.1||Rehabilitation /Restoration of Federal Government Secretariat and other Federal Government Buildings in selected States/FCT|
|D.2||Construction/Completion of Additional Facilities, Supply and Installation of Workshop Equipment in Training Schools and Workshops Nationwide|
|D.3||Fencing of Federal Government Lands and other Properties in Selected States|
|D.4||Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Project: Provision of Motorized/Solar Powered Boreholes in Selected States|
|D.5||Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Project: Construction and Rehabilitation of Roads, Culverts and External Drainage Works in selected States/FCT|
|D.6||Provision of Infrastructure (Roads & Drains, Water and Electricity Supply) in the New Town in FCT|
|D.7||Construction of Roads, Drainages, Culverts and Erosion Control, Class Room Blocks, VIP Toilets, Primary Health Care/ Maternity, Skills Acquisition/ Civic/Community Centres, Pavilion, Boreholes/Hand Pumps, Water Treatment and Sanitation, Provision of Electrification/Solar Street Lighting, Transformers, etc|
|D.8||Maintenance of Electrical System, High Tension / Low Tension Network Assembly and Retrofitting of Public Building with Renewable Energy at Headquarters and Field Offices|
|D.9||Provision of Engineering Workshop Tools (Mechanical, Electrical, Water and Structural Tools), Generators and others|
|D.10||Maintenance of Fire Fighting Equipment, Air conditioners and Water/Plumbing System in Headquarters and Selected Field Offices|
|D.11||Construction of Internal and External Directional Posts and Display Boards|
|D.12||Installation / Rehabilitation and Sustenance of Street Light|
|D.13||Provision of Road Signages and other Road Furniture on Federal Highways - Consultancy|
|D.14||Relocation of Utilities (Water Lines, Telecommunications, Electrical Installations and Other Facilities) on Road Projects|
|CATEGORY ‘E’: GOODS|
|E.1||Procurement of Poverty Alleviation & Skills Acquisition Starter Packs|
|E.2||Acquisition of GIS Equipment, Satellite Imageries, Digital Survey and Data Mining Software for Urban Planning and Surveying activities,|
|E.3||Procurement of Computer Hardware, Accessories, Consumables and Software/e-Books, Office Furniture/fittings, Generating SetStationery, Photographic/Topographic/ Workshop/Material Testing Equipment and Acquisition of Medical Equipment/Drugs etc|
|CATEGORY ‘F’: CONSULTANCY AND OTHER SERVICES|
|F.1||Engineering Design & Supervision of Highway Roads and Bridges Projects Nationwide|
|F.2||Consulting and Professional Services:
|F.3||Development and Hosting of the Harmonized Interactive Web Portal, Design and Development of Road Access Management Systems (RAMS) and e-Registry Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) for Lands Department|
|F.4||Design and Development of Road Access Management System (RAMS) Using Geographic Information System (GIS) including Digitization for Online Road Management in the Country|
|F.5||Consultancy Services for Development and Management of Highways|
|F.6||Consultancy Service for the Engagement of Transaction Advisory Services for Private Public Partnership (PPP) Projects|
|F.7||Slum Identification & Mapping In Selected Cities Of Abuja (FCT) & Ibadan (Oyo State)|
|F.8||Acquisition of Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) Data Base Software / Digitization and Expansion of HRM Registry|
|F.9||Conduct Baseline Studies on Land Governance and Tenure Structure, Realistic Land Values/Compensation, Demand notice preparation, Resonance Survey and Inventorisation of Federal Government Lands|
|F.10||Perimeter, Topographic, Layout Survey and as-Built Survey of Federal Government Land/properties in Selected States|
|F.11||Conversion of Analogue Spatial Data to Digital Format in the Six (6) Geo – Political Zones|
|F.12||Up-Grading of Cadastral Geographic Information System (CADGIS) Laboratory and Operationalization of Federal Land Data Base System at Headquarters &Zonal Headquarters|
|F.13||Preparation of Physical Development, Resilience Plansand Master Plan, Physical Development Standards, Guideline and Bye Laws Booklet, Regeneration of City Resilience/ Strength, Need Assessment and Slum Identification Reports in Selected States|
|F.14||Training and Capacity Development in Auto/Cad and AroGIS Applications for Urban and Regional Planning, Capacity Building for Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Builders and Town Planners in Computer Aided Designs and Standardization and Project Management|
|F.15||Consultancy Anchor ship and Facilitating the Training of Professionals, (Artisan, Craftsmen etc)|
|F.16||Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) and Guidelines (BEEG)|
|F.17||Domestication of UN-HABITAT Guidelines, Plans and Human Capacity Development of Core Staff for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Nigeria|
3.0 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
3.1 The Ministry, in compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and the Public Procurement Regulations for Works, Goods and Services, will carry out pre-qualification/shortlisting of companies/consultants that respond to this advertisement based on the following requirements:
|*||Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued byCorporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Forms CAC2 and CAC7;|
|*||Evidence of Company’s current Annual returns to CAC for categories A, B & C;|
|*||Evidence of Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) for the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018) valid till 31st December, 2019.|
|*||Evidence of current Pension Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;|
|*||Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;|
|*||Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;|
|*||Evidence of Registration on the BPP’s National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of a valid Certificate of Registration or Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/01/2020;|
|*||Unabridged Company Audited Annual Report for the immediate past three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);|
|*||For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) should be provided (CAC, TCC, Pension Compliance Certificate, ITF Compliance Certificate, NSITF Compliance Certificate, IRR & Sworn Affidavit are compulsory for each JV partner)|
|*||A Sworn Affidavit:
|*||Evidence of Particulars of Directors;|
3.2 Local Content, Safety and Social Responsibility for Categories A to C
i) Indicate the quantum of verifiable employment to be generated stating projected numbers and specialties for skilled (Professional) and unskilled (Non-professional) Manpower;
ii) Submit verifiable key Management positions that are Nigerian Nationals and the percentage of the company’s total workforce that will be beneficial to youth employment and community development in Nigeria;
iii) All bidders should include description of current Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) procedures, plan, manuals and HSE performance statistics over the last 3 years including HSE manuals and accident statistics for the past five (5) years; and
iv) Submit a plan on how to give first consideration to services provided from within Nigeria, raw materials and manufactured goods of Nigerian origin in line with the requirements of Nigerian Content.
v) State the proposed social benefits to be accrued to the host communities where projects/services are domiciled
4.0 Specific Requirements for Evaluation
i) In addition to the requirements stipulated in 3.1 to 3.2. bidders are to fulfil the under listed requirements:
4.1 CATEGORY A: Roads& Bridges
Bidders must have average annual turnover of ten (10) Billion Naira (as evidenced in the tax clearance certificate) in the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);