by Audu Matthews   on Fri, August 19, 2011  - 1 COMMENTS
Building your house in Abuja, Nigeria

Building a house in Nigeria is relatively expensive; building a house in Abuja could be one of  the most expensive projects one can embark on. Learn about the logistics of undertaking a building project in Abuja. Find out the costs of materials and what to do before you begin.


First Steps to Building Your House:

  • Register With the FCT

According to Mr. Chidi, a veteran mason (builder) in the Nyanya, Mararaba axis of Abuja,before the commencement of building, any potential house owner must first register with the Federal Capital Territory to seek their approval. This will cost 20,000 naira. If the approval is not sorted out before commencing construction, the building will be marked for demolition and subsequently demolished. Mr. Chidi stated that if the owner wanted to continue building, he would have to pay a fine of 50,000 naira.

Getting the Builder and other Materials:

After approval, the next step is to get a builder. According to Mr. Chidi, a builder will always charge more for buildings with multiple stories.

When discussing the number of blocks to be used, Mr. Chidi reported that when he and his colleagues build a one-bedroom flat without a dining room/hall, it uses approximately 1500 9-inch blocks. A three-bedroom flat uses about 3000 blocks (boys’ quarter inclusive). A check at Haruna Block Industry in Mararaba beside International Bank reveals that 9-inch blocks cost 130 naira each. 6-inch blocks cost about 120 naira. For a one-bedroom flat, this would mean 130 x 1500 naira, or 195,000 naira.

According to Mr. Chidi, 40 bags of cement, which sell at 16,500 naira each, are needed for the casting and building.

Another check at Tipper Garage beside Diamond Bank, Mararaba reveals that a Tipper load of sand goes for 8,000 naira, while a Tipper load of gravel sells for 10,000 naira.

Iron Rods
Mr. Chidi also said that size 12 iron rods are needed for the pillars of a one-bedroom flat and size 16 iron rods are needed for the decking, depending on the height of the house. At the building materials market Nyanya Abuja, these are the relevant prices:

  • 22mm of iron sell for 5,500,
  • 20mm sell for 3,800 naira
  • 16mm for 2,550 naira
  • 12mm for 8,500 naira
  • 8mm for 700 naira

Mr. Chidi said that 4 wheelbarrows full of sand are needed to mix with one bag of cement to make sure the mixture is solid. One wheelbarrow full of sand, according to Mr. Chidi, is the equivalent of 8 head pans of sand (the pan is used by individuals to ferry the sand).

For A Nigerian Abroad:

For someone abroad who wants to build a house in Nigeria, it is advisable to get land in suburban areas, especially if finances are a concern, since plots of land are cheaper there than in the city. If you’re living abroad, you may also want to open a domiciliary account to make it easier to transfer money back and forth.

Buying the Building Materials
It is advisable to buy building materials close to the location of the house being built in order to avoid incurring the high fee usually charged. It is noteworthy that almost all suburban areas have cement block molding factories and other places for building materials at cheap rates.

Paying the Laborers
Another mason, Abdukareem Saleh, one of the masons who built the popular Heart Plaza (a two-story row building two blocks long, located opposite the Intercontinental Bank Maraba fly-over/ junction) reported that laborers were paid 35 naira per block they laid. This
will vary from structure to structure.

The Steps To Take To Get  Genuine Land in Abuja

A potential house owner who wants to buy land and build should be sure that the land he or she is paying for is legitimate. Reports received from the Information Desk of Abuja Geographical Information System show that there have being incessant cases of cloned or
forged land documents. To sort this out, applicants should write an application to the director lands Abuja Geographical Information Systems Office ( AGIS), Central Business District Area 11, Garki,Abuja to have a legal search conducted.

This will require the following:

  •     Photocopies of land (Title) document
  •     Bank Draft issued in favour of AGIS

10,000 naira for a residential plot and 20,000 naira for commercial plot. (According to the Information desk of AGIS, no payment is required at the point of submitting your application; payment is made when the legal search is conducted).

Have you recently built a house in Abuja, Nigeria or know someone who has? Do you think it is a good investment? Why or why not? Tell us below!

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