MondayThe intermittent petrol scarcity which started a couple of months ago seems to have gathered momentum as queues at petrol stations seem to getting longer by the day despite the governments assurances that there is nothing to worry about! On the back of this is the misery of persistent power cuts which also seem to be getting worse. Estates are stocking up their diesel supply for fear that the fuel scarcity might hit the diesel supplies as well. I may have to work from home next week if I can’t get petrol for my car.
A survey showed that Nigerians spend about N796.4billion on generator fuel every year! That is approximately £3billon or $5billion. The average generator using Nigerian spends between N200k-N2m a year on personal use of their generator. The cost of running personal businesses is a monumental drain on the profits of that business.
TuesdayThe electricity problem seems to be getting worse daily. The repeated promises of increased electricity provision have all amounted to nothing. There has not been any electricity in parts of Lagos in the last week. Generators are being run round the clock, noise and air pollution are major problems that are not even acknowledged.
Diesel tankers have taken over most of our major roads as storage depots, causing accidents, traffic and damage to the roads. The Lagos Ibadan Expressway and the Airport road being classic examples
WednesdayThe rains have started again and every year without fail causes a lot of setbacks to building works. Of course as I have mentioned repeatedly, this is a good time to rent and buy as it exposes a lot of problems with the property and the surrounding area. Property and road construction works are delayed during the rains, sites and roads turn into rivers and lakes which need digging again after the rains have subsided, gutters overflow into roads and drains and plumbing in homes get blocked. It must seem like a lost cause to contractors whose workers seem to spend more time when it rains sleeping and taking time off with illnesses, thereby delaying further the project handover dates.
ThursdayGoing round to a lot of building sites is quite interesting, as works are being undertaken at varying speeds depending on the flow of funds available for that project. For some, works have either halted or slowed down considerably. The ones that are continuing are reviewing their spending on materials and fittings, which in many instances may mean compromising the quality of the finished property. At the best of times it is rare to find a really good finished property, but with these cut backs it will be even rarer to find a fairly well finished property.
FridayA lot of builders, artisans etc apprentice off workers who in the first instance just picked up the trade from some poorly trained electrician, painter, builder, plumber etc therefore never fully mastering their trade and as a result constantly churn out substandard quality of work which to them is what it should be. Developers are desperate to complete their projects and will often take on these artisans through recommendation from a friend, brother or uncle. The finishing in a lot of properties is as a result terrible; something as simple as fitting light switches is a challenge for these workers as the switches are never aligned properly or straight. Don’t mention plumbing works, which is a major concern of which I have had personal experience, and the misery that shoddy work can cause to the lives of inhabitants.
There is a serious lack of training for these workers which needs to be addressed urgently or else we are at risk of our roofs and walls collapsing around us. More regulation needs to be brought into the property building trade
Until next week