A property magazine, Royalty International, created to serve the Real Estate, Building and Construction sector in Nigeria plans to introduce a special section known as ‘Millennium Housing’ segment.

The objective of this column is to cover the current achievements of sitting governors in the area of housing, and report on their scorecard, especially in the areas of housing provision and construction. The special section will be starting in the September 2012 edition of the magazine.

“This is an opportunity for state governments to showcase their innovative and people oriented services, the benefits of democracy to her people and their attendant relevance to nation building,” according to Mr. Darlington Ndubuisi, managing director, Trimex Multimedia Limited, publishers of the magazine.

He said that the company is dedicated to serving the Building and Construction Industry in Nigeria. “We cover extensively issues including manufacturers of different building material products and providers of different professional services. We help manufacturers and service providers in the industry to showcase their quality products and position them for market dominance.

“Royalty International magazine helps the industry to institutionalize professional integrity by regularly promoting quality projects, products and outstanding performances of the companies in this sector. We provide a platform that enables every serious minded company offering excellent services to succeed in their enterprise.”

Ndubuisi noted that 20 years on and four years to the time set for the achievement of the Millennium Development goals, millions of Nigerians are still homeless while many others are living in indecent houses. “ The current statistics making the rounds is that Nigeria has a staggering 16million housing deficit. The nature and extent of the housing problem in Nigeria varies. The major challenges include poor implementation of good policies, poor execution of good projects, corruption, bureaucracy and political instability.

“Nigeria is perhaps the fastest urbanizing country in the African continent. One of the most important challenges facing the country is the provision of affordable housing. As more and more Nigerians make towns and cities their homes, the resulting social, economic, environmental and political challenges need to be urgently addressed.”