Through the rise in the cost of building materials, many real estate developers have embarked on an upward revision of the prices of housing in their stock.
According to the findings of the Nigerian Tribune, most developers have raised their house prices by 40-50% in the last year, citing exorbitant prices of building materials, high cost of funds and labor. ‘artwork ; and the high cost of obtaining planning permission and documents.
Interviewed by the Nigerian Tribune, the managing director of Tobykemsworth Investment Limited, Mr. Adekunle Monehin, the developer of Honeywells Gardens, said that the rising cost of building materials has forced most developers to reprice their homes at rising in order to stay afloat.
These materials include iron rods, wood, paints, nails, cement, sand concrete blocks, sharp sand, granite, roof and window materials and labor, among others.
At the teachers’ and broadcasters’ villas, housing estates launched by the company, he revealed that a mini bungalow, which two years ago sold for 4.5 million naira, now costs 6.5 million naira. This represents an increase of 30.78%.
He blamed the situation on the rising cost of building materials, saying, “We have a mini bungalow that sold for 6.5 million naira which was originally 4.5 million naira. While the price has increased because of the cost of building materials.
“When we did the cost a few years ago, the granite was around N140,000 for 30 tonnes. This same granite is now 320,000 N for 30 tons. When we did the math, the cement was 2500 N, but that same cement is now 4500 N.
“A ton of iron rod at that time cost 90,000 naira per ton. It is now N385,000 per tonne. The long span roofing sheet – 4.5 inches, which cost N850.00 per meter is now N2850 per meter. That’s why we looked into it,” the property developer said.
Monehin is not alone in this as other developers and housing professionals have sounded the alarm over the negative implications of skyrocketing building material prices on accommodation seekers and home builders.
Most pundits and cement distributors blamed the doorstep of the manufacturers, while the latter attributed volatile currency, uncontrolled inflation, logistical problems and questionable activities of intermediaries and retailers as the main causes. .
Disturbed by the situation, professionals have warned that with the current rise in building material prices, it could be difficult for Nigeria to close the housing deficit of more than 17 million units in the next 20 years.
To deal with the situation, industry experts including former presidents of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB). Mr. Kunle Awobodu and Chucks Omeife respectively, Chairman of the Association of Housing Companies of Nigeria (AHCN), Dr. Victor Onukwugha and former President of NIOB, Lagos Chapter, Mr. Asimiyu Bashir called on the government to create an enabling environment to encourage more research and local production of building materials in the country.
Omeife pointed out that the high cost of housing has also been negatively impacted by skyrocketing increases in the price of items like reinforcement and cement.
“Every day, the news of escalating prices for goods and materials has become a song that the majority of people have become accustomed to,” he said.
Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune recently, a builder and head of Qualitec Roofing Products, Mr. Asimiyu Bashir, pointed out that the price of aluminum roofing sheets has also increased.
Expressing his displeasure with the sharp rise in the prices of building materials, Bashir lamented that nothing in Nigeria is controlled by the government but leaving the masses to fend for themselves.
“It is no longer strange in Nigeria that whatever goes up never comes down,” he said. He explained that anything that negatively affects the construction sector, being the biggest generation of jobs in Nigeria, would affect jobs.
Contrary to rumors that other construction work is underway, Bashir said many people have abandoned their sites due to the high cost of building materials.
Also recently, the outgoing President of the Nigerian Institute of Construction (NIOB), Mr. Kunle Awobodu, had lamented the rising prices of building materials, saying it had become a big concern in the sector.
Rising cement prices would affect homes and rental values, he said, noting that homebuilders would find a way to pass on the extra cost to consumers.
He explained that an increase in the price of materials would negatively affect the projects because such increases were not foreseen in the budget.
“A nation that is so dependent on imported building materials will experience this type of instability; and it will affect the bill of quantities and contract amounts,” he said.
He lamented that lumber was becoming scarce and expensive.
“When we talk about building materials, wood is one of them. As things stand, it is even more expensive to use steel for roofing. “We have to find solutions to all of this,” Awobodu said.