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Published On: Tue, Jan 31st, 2017

Lafarge Partners FG On Mass Housing

Lafarge Africa Plc, the second largest cement manufacturer in Nigeria has announced plans to collaborate with the Federal Government to actualise an affordable mass housing programme for Nigerians.

The company dropped the hint at a media briefing to unveil the fifth edition of the LafargeHolcim Awards in Ikeja, Lagos.
Mrs. Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, Director, Communications and Public Affairs (CPA), in her address on the occasion, said the firm set the pace for the nation’s quality construction industry.

According to her, the LafargeHolcim awards which began in 2015 after the Lafarge and Holcim merger, would assist in addressing the problem of building collapse and construction failure in Nigeria.
She pointed out that entries would be drawn from architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders, construction firms, NGOs and students, to encourage sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socio-economic and cultural issues affecting building and construction.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase Lafarge in Africa,” she said.
Mrs. Temitope Oguntokun, the firm’s resource person, in her presentation, said that Nigeria needed to build 700,000 houses annually to meet the housing deficit of 17 million units in the nation.
Quoting the UN Habitat, she said by 2030, there would be 54 million people living in Abuja, Benin City, Ibadan, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Onitsha and Port Harcourt.
Oguntokun said that there was a pressing need to rapidly urbanise Nigeria so as to develop large scale housing in a sustainable manner.
Her words: “LafargeHolcim Awards rewards and empowers advocates of sustainable construction. It encourages the adoption of sustainable construction standards in design, use of materials, maintenance, urban planning and infrastructure investment,” she said.
According to her, a total of two million dollar cash prize was attached to the event, which holds every three years, citing Nigeria’s Kunle Adeyemi, as one of the winners of the 2014 Acknowledgement Prizes.
She stated that the competition is open to students and professionals from 90 countries including Nigeria and it carries a cash reward of 150,000; 100,000 and 50,000 dollars respectively for the first second and third place winners.

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