A diplomat, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has appealed to Federal and State Governments to provide an enabling environment to ensure that Nigerians have access to affordable housing.
Gambari made the call during his remark at the 3rd Nigeria Affordable Housing Finance and Innovation Summit and Expo (NAHFIS 2019) in Abuja
The Summit, with the theme “Innovative Solution for Large Scale Delivery of Affordable Housing” a,has a sub-theme “Cooperative and Demand Driven Approach to Affordable Housing “
He said that provision of housing, aside life, remained one of the fundamental human rights of individuals.
According to him, Nigeria has different housing policies at different levels of development which are reviewed and revisited by successive governments, yet there has been outcry over housing deficit.
“Nigeria housing deficit is between the range of 17 to 20 million and it is among low and middle class income earners.
“I wish to appeal to Federal and State Government to provide the enabling environment for sustainable development for affordable housing for Nigerians by making land acquisition affordable.
“I also want to urgent the legislative arm of government to urgently consider enacting a law that will allow a certain percentage of the consolidated revenue fund to be allocated to providing affordable housing annually until the housing deficit is cleared.
“The Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), should take a lead by creating an intervention fund for mortgage finance at single digit interests rate for first time house buyers.
“Also, PENCOM should provide guidelines to make workers and retirees utilise certain percentage of their pension contribution for repayment of their mortgage.
“There is also the need to address the following challenges to facilitate affordable housing; land acquisition, technology, expert knowledge and skills manpower, building materials, finance and housing laws.
“All stakeholders in the housing value chain must collaborate to solve these challenges,” Gambari stressed.
Speaking earlier, Mr Yemi Adelakun, Chief Executive Officer, Affordable Housing Limited and convener of NAHFIS Expo said there was need to give purchasing power to offtakers to buy houses.
He also stressed that there was the need to turn the want for housing to effective housing demand through adequate access to housing finance at affordable prices.
“We are advocating an effective demand driven approach to solving the problem of delivering affordable housing.
“This approach will enable us determine the need and affordability and funding sources of offtakers before commencing construction.
“For sustainable delivery of affordable housing, offtakers financing must be at a single digit interest rate,” Adelakun said.
Similarly, Prof Charles Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Property, Kenya said Nigeria was the China of Africa.
He also said that Nigeria needed to succeed in its housing policies to set the pace for other African countries to follow.
“We cannot leave everything for the government. government has a lot of responsibilities like paying salaries of teachers, civil servants, security personnel etc.
“However, we need to show them how it is done. Kenya did it by using social capital. Nigeria with a population of almost 200 million has the largest social capital in the world.
“Last year alone, Nigerians abroad sent about 14 billion dollars. Imagine if this social capital was set aside for some good use,” Ndegwa said.
Nigeria News Agency report that the two-day summit attracted former Permanent Secretaries and stakeholders in the housing sector. .
Kogi APPEALS project trains 450 women, youth in cocoa production- Coordinator
Dr Abdullahi Ozomata, the Kogi State Project Coordinator, Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support (APPEALS),on Thursday said the project had trained nearly 450 women and youths on cocoa production.
Ozomata made this known at the Project Facilitators training workshop organised by APPEALS project in Port Harcourt.
He said that the project had exposed farmers to modern farming technologies in Kogi, adding that the farmers were also undergoing training in capacity building to increase their productivity and processing.
He said the three main value chains in Kogi are cassava, cashew and rice, which they had identified with most of the farmers in the state.
He said the project had five components – productivity enhancement, agro processing, infrastructural support to rural areas, technical knowledge and capacity building.
“We are not just supporting farmers by increasing their productivity or by boosting their processing activity; we are also trying to build their capacity.
“We need to let them know the new technologies that they should start making use of, not just about supporting them with inputs and other land preparation support.
“So what we just did was to include capacity building for them to make sure that what they do in the past that is not yielding result, they try something better for them to get a better yield, that’s what we do for cashew farmers.
“This project has three segments are production, processing and marketing, so we are supporting all through.
“APPEALS Project in Kogi state is supporting both farmers that are into production, we are supporting those that are into processing and those that are into marketing, so, it’s all encompassing.
“We are linking those that are producing to the processors and we are also linking those that are producing to the marketers and linking the processors to marketers,’’ he emphasised.
Also, the Cross River State Coordinator of APPEALS project, Mr Marcel Agim said the state’s priority value chains were cocoa, rice and poultry.
He said the APPEALS project in Cross River and the government were working closely to ensure the success.
He said so far, the project had trained about 450 women and youths in the state, adding “the training is on going’’.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Agriculturalist says timely stream of produce to markets will improve farmers productivity
A consultant agriculturalist, Dr Oyesola Oyebanji on Wednesday said timely stream of agricultural produce to market would improve farmers’ productivity, which in turn would help create more jobs for farmers.
The title of the presentation is: “An Overview of Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS) Components Implementation Strategy 1- 5”.
He said the aim of the Component 1-5 was to increase total supply of targeted priority value chains with a view to ensuring consistent, reliable and timely stream of produce to markets.
He said it would improve farmers’ productivity and quality of their produce to create the basis for improving farmers’ participation in agri-business supply chains and responding to markets requirements.
He said the APPEALS would directly contribute to some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers along priority value chains.
According to him, the project also seeks to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chains in the various participating states.
Oyebanji said that the project development objectives would be achieved through supporting farmers’ productivity and their linkage to markets and business services.
He said the number of projects direct beneficiaries was estimated at 60,000 individuals for the whole project involving the six participating states.
“About 10,000 beneficiaries per state and 300,000 farm household members as indirect beneficiaries, 35 per cent of direct beneficiaries, and 21,000 will be women.”
He said the project monitoring and evaluation and information system would include a gender tracker to ensure adequate documentation on different categories of project beneficiaries.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
APPEALS projects support reduction of post harvest losses- Kaduna coordinator
He said the project would facilitate the consolidation of produce and primary processing by farmers’ cooperative societies and small and medium scale enterprises
He said the appeals project sought to support farm value addition by targeting limited number of value chains and linking farmers to the supply chain.
He said the project would facilitate provision of infrastructure to production and processing clusters, adding that the project would also produce finances facilities aimed at connecting processing clusters to small and medium farmers’ inclusion in agribusiness supply chain.
“The project will support the deployment of a monitoring and evaluation and management information system to facilitate performance monitoring and impact evaluation against the specific indicators.’’
The Kaduna coordinator said the project involved working closely with beneficiaries to identify needs and help farmers with information and capacity to develop and implement their identified activities.
He noted that the stakeholders’ participation at the state level would enhance operational synergy and complementarity.
Aminu however urged states coordinators to facilitate project coordination in their respective states and be responsible for preparing monitoring reports and provide periodic report to national coordinating officer.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the APPEAL project is a world bank assisted project of the Federal Government Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) thrust on food security, local production, job creation and economic diversification.
The project will run for six years; it began in March 2017 and will run through to March 2023 in six states with 11 commodities including rice, cocoa, cashew, maize, ginger, diary, wheat, tomato, cassava and aquaculture.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
Agricultural Transformation Agenda: APPEALS project targets 60,000 beneficiaries
The Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) is a World Bank-assisted project in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Mr Mohammed Jobdi, the National Coordinator of the project made this known at the official opening of APPEALS projects facilitators training workshop on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers.
He said that about 10,000 beneficiaries would benefit per state and 300,000 farm household members as indirect beneficiaries.
He said it was anticipated that 35 per cent of direct beneficiaries of 21,000 individuals would be women and youths.
Jobdi said that the project was organised to improve the agricultural sector for a better life for farmers in the country.
According to him, the project has 11 commodity value chains, which include rice, cocoa, poultry, cashew, maize, ginger, diary, wheat, tomato, cassava and aquaculture.
“These priority value chains were carefully selected due to their potential in contributing to the government stated priority goals of food security and local production, potential for exports and contribution to improvement of livelihoods.’’
He said it would further enhance speedy income generation including jobs creation along the value chains, adding that the project was being implemented in six states with their respective value chains.
According to him, the states are Cross River with specialisation in rice, cocoa, poultry, Enugu in rice, cashew, poultry, Kaduna in maize, ginger, dairy
Others are Kano with advantage in rice, wheat, tomato, Kogi in cassava, cashew, rice, while Lagos in rice, aquaculture and poultry
He said that the project development objective was to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers and improve value addition along priority value chain in the participating states.
He said the project was approved by the World Bank on March 23, 2017 and became disbursement effective on May 24, 2018 “and it is expected to closed by September 2023’’.
Jobdi said the project had been making tremendous progress since inception, adding that in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past five months, the overall performance of the project was satisfactory.
He stressed that the project had improved on its performance across all participating states, adding that a total of 277 VCIPs had been prepared, reviewed and approved for implementation by the beneficiaries.
He said that the project had also documented a total of 50 business alliances both off-takers and out-growers across nine value chains.
“In addition, a total of 64 different technologies have been demonstrated to farmers across the participating states.
“In keeping to and increasing this present pace, it has become imperative to conduct this very important training workshop for the project facilitators,’’ he said.
Dr Yahaya Aminu, the Kaduna State Coordinator in his presentation said the objective of the project was to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium scale farmers and improve value addition.
He said the project would support farmers’ productivity and their linkage to markets, adding that targeted value chains were expected to foster job creation in the participating states.
He said the team looked forward to going to their state with improved capacity to work efficiently and effectively with beneficiary farmers to achieve the APPEALS projects.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)