However vast swathes of West Africa are tightly held in the grip of near hunger, poverty and a lack of hope. Government efforts towards the eradication of disease and poverty have not begun to scratch the surface of the problems. They can therefore, in all reality, be ignored. Since sustainability is unlikely to be achieved from the top down, this research will enable the new approach of ‘from the bottom, upwards.’
A Change is going to come!
Prefabricated methods of the production of sustainable housing systems, cannot only be used to produce a single dwelling unit.
If you build a single house for a man and his family, in most parts of West Africa, It does not necessarily help him. You are in fact doing him a questionable favour. In most parts of this region if you leave the man and his family on his own you have made him a ‘target’ for itinerant armed marauders who will, relieve the subject of his meagre valuables and probably ravish his wife! He will be lucky to escape with his life. [Depending on the mood of his assailants]
For a house to make sense in the tropical third world, [the chosen regional context] it has to be a subset of a group. It has to exist within a community of dwellings for various reasons, ranging from security [as touched upon above] to access to education, medical facilities community facilities and the attainment of a basic reasonable civilised living standard. This is a portion of life that is taken for granted in the developed world.
To initiate a means of housing delivery that allows the unit cost per square metre of residential building to be accurately predicated and controlled by scientific means and yet gives a finished product that is technologically appropriate to Nigeria with near 100% locally available raw materials and reduces the current cost of production by 50%, i.e from the current well over $300/Sqm to just under $100.0/Sqm of built space. Two pilot schemes are to be built – one in the FCT and the other in any nearby state.
As far back as 1987, studies have been done by a university undergraduate towards partial satisfaction of a professional degree programme. These studies on Settlements and African Housing design informed the basis of this initiative to ‘deliver’ a ‘model’ prototype community for Africa.
To conclude this above study, further academic research into the feasibility of sustainable housing systems in the sub region were done at the Salford University department of civil engineering and building as partial fulfilment of a research Masters course for the award of the MRes postgraduate degree, during the academic year 2001- 2002. Further work into this subject has been undertaken at doctoral level at Loughborough University Centre for Innovation in Construction Education [CICE] The research background work has all been pulled together and freely accessed by the FHA sponsors, in putting together a viable feasibility study for a property & housing development to be carried out by the FHA that will pursue the establishment of 100% locally sourced dwelling units.
These dwelling units (du’s) will be configured within the establishment of the proposed estates and communities. , all growing fish farms or market garden vegetables for Nigeria and palm produce £11,000,000 (eleven million pounds sterling) is required for the 2 initial tranche of funding estates totalling 477 housing units with solar power and wells for water. A further £4,000,000 is required for the market project.
The 1st tranche projects for the Abuja, Nasarawa and Kaduna State development projects, in Nigeria.
Performance: Implementation time table here-in-below labelled, Schedule 2 is being adhered to.
Start of activity
Appointment of managing agents (Micro-partners Ltd) for the IFHDA
Share capital call up and domiciliation.
Share capital call up and domiciliation.
1st Tranche of - externally funded seed capital release
World wide Launching of project
Lead In time Project 01_2017 (Nasarawa/FCT)
Formalisation of land grant (PPP Basis) from Government Kaduna State, Nigeria.
[ ROLLED UP MILESTONE 2.]
Construction period Nasarawa State, 269 units (9 months)
[ ROLLED UP MILESTONE 3.]
Construction of project in Kaduna State, 208 units (8 months)
[ ROLLED UP MILESTONE 4.]
Construction of 408 market units in Abuja, FCT. (10 months)
Consideration of Tranche 2 projects
c. Target: A mobile assembly plant capable of fabricating 30,000 units of housing a year is to be assembled in each state of Nigeria. (Affordable housing “pilot” to be financed and delivered in Kaduna State.)
Performance:The optimum technology has been resolved as the ‘Rammed Earth’ system of building with earth/mud. N7.5m (£15,000:00 per dwelling unit) has been established as the benchmark unit cost to include the basic community facilities of a primary school, health centre and community centre. The assembly plants will provide local jobs for the owner occupiers and many others besides.
d. Target: To establish a web site for dissemination to all supporters of and subscribers to the initiative, both individual and corporate of appropriate information. This news magazine will keep subscribers to the initiative abreast of current developments, trends news events within the housing and development front on the African Continent. It will also provide a forum for the dissemination of ideas and discussion about on-going development. The web site ‘e magazine; will also be disseminated in print format, via the worldwide Internet.
Performance: A mechanism for facilitating publication of this web site has been set-up within the premises of IFHDA Abuja office.
e. Stretching Target: For subsequent years, we expect that the IFHDA will be able to organise at least 30,000 houses/per state/per year of Nigerian Unity villages every year, at a capital cost of N1,500,000,000:00 per state, annually. Same to be achieved at a 20% capacity though 90% capacity over the course of 3 years, starting in the FCT Abuja and Kaduna States, in Nigeria - whilst extending operations, to the rest of the sub-region.
f. Target:To motivate and encourage the establishment of greater respect for the need for building maintenance and especially Public Building Maintenance, in the region.
g. Target: To motivate and encourage the establishment of greater respect for the need for building maintenance and especially Public Building Maintenance, in the region.
Performance: A start is being made with advocacy for a Health Sector Facilities Maintenance Organisation (HfMO) in The Gambia, to assist in the preservation and maintenance of the many projects that the Gambian President AJJ Jammeh has secured capital development funding for, over the last 10 years, particularly in the development of physical facilities for the Health Sector.