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Occupancy rates spike for Union Homes REIT

Union Homes Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) recorded a spike in occupancy rates for its choice properties across Nigeria.

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Occupancy rates spike for Union Homes REIT

Union Homes Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) recorded a spike in occupancy rates for its choice properties across Nigeria. This was contained in the company’s periodic Key Performance Metrics for the period ended November 30, 2019.

The metrics indicate, 6 out of its 9 properties recorded 100% occupancy rates compared to October 2018 where none of its properties hit 100% occupancy rates.

  • According to the data 63 out of the 94 units of apartments had an occupancy rate of about 100%.
  • Seven out of its properties are located in Lagos (Ikoyi and Lekki) and two located in Abuja.
  • As of March this year about 28 units of apartments had 100% occupancy rates suggesting the company has been able to rent out nearly all of its choice properties.
  • Apart from its apartment in Jabi at 17% occupancy rate its other properties have at least 80% or more occupancy rates.

 

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While the company has recorded a spike in occupancy rates, rental yields still remain abysmal for most of its properties.

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  • For example, its properties in VI and Ikoyi posted rental yields of between 4% and 4.89%. Only its 16-unit Locke apartment in Lekki posted a yield above 6.97%.
  • Its Olive apartment in Jabi Abuja posted a yield of 1% and an occupancy rate of just 17%.
  • Rental yields are very poor in Nigeria due to the rising cost of acquiring land   Also the developmental fees and infrastructure cost is a major challenge for developers.

What this means: A higher occupancy rate ensures the business is at least letting out most of its properties. Following the 2016/17 recession, the real estate industry was badly hit as most luxury apartments faced difficulty looking for buyers or tenants.

  • For most developers like Union Home REITs. They have had to crash down rents just to ensure that their apartments are not left empty. A higher vacancy rate is an expense to the REIT they can do without.
  • Rental yields will likely remain low provided land and development cost continues to be exorbitant.

Experts say … 

Meanwhile, industry experts believe that Union Homes REIT and other operators would perform better in 2020 if certain steps are taken.

One of such steps, as explained by Ranti Adedeji, Managing Partner, Adrant Properties, is to encourage institutional investors to take advantage of REIT.

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He said, “The Pension fund administrators (PFAs) can take advantage of REIT and that the REIT’s excess capital will be invested in upgrading existing facilities, government securities, and real estate-related investments to enhance the yield of the fund, among other projected income streams.” 

 

[READ ALSO: Why The NSE Wants More Transparent Funds And REITS]

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Another stakeholder, Kayode Oni, explained that access to long term financing like that of the PFAs can help lower the cost of rent for tenants in the long run.

He said, “Investors will have an investment that will yield them good returns progressively over the years. So what’s going to be different here is that would be, if you look at most of the previous event, you raise the money and then you go to build and every time you go to do that, you realize that you have cost over loans, you are not able to finish the project and then you have to move back and raise other cash and all that, but in this case the asset is there.” 

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Official: Imo State is unemployment capital of Nigeria

According to NBS, 75.1% of the total employable people in Imo State are either underemployed or unemployed.

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Data from the National Bureau of Statistics reveal Imo State, located in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria has the highest unemployment rate in the country.

In contrast, Anambra State is the state with the least unemployment in the country with 13.1% unemployment rate. The national average for the unemployment rate is 27.1%

Imo State has an unemployment rate of 48.7% as at the second quarter of 2020, by far the highest when compared to any other state in the country.

According to the data, 75.1% of the total employable people in the state are either underemployed or unemployed.

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  • Total number of employable people – 2.48 million
  • Fully employed people – 618, 481
  • Unemployed people in the state – 593. 347
  • Underemployed – 656, 394

Imo State is largely a civil service town and has been unlucky with state governors over the last 20 years. Private sector jobs are hard to come by in the serene state with most industries setting up show in nearby cities like Aba, Port Harcourt, and Onitsha.

The city was once notorious for ritual motivated murders and kidnappings but has since overcome these challenges.

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Akwa Ibom State is next on the list with an unemployment rate of 1.14 million people. The state’s underemployed population is about 551k people while the unemployment and underemployment rates combined is 66.9%.

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The best: The state with the lowest unemployment rate in Nigeria is Anambra State with 13.1% out of the total working population of 2.25 million people. The state was 37 out of 37 states in the ranking of unemployment by state. About 1.9 million people in Anambra State are either fully employed (1.57 million) or under-employed (384k) in the state.

READ ALSO: Ekeh, Zinox boss, intervenes in Imo State with N1 billion

Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital and where most graduates rush to for jobs currently has an unemployment rate of 19.5% and sits at 27 in the state by state unemployment ladder. The data shows about 6.8 million people make up the labour force population in Lagos State out of which 3.99 million people are fully employed and another 1.5 million people are underemployed. About 870k Lagosians who are employable did absolutely nothing.

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Concentration: In terms of the concentration of unemployed people, Rivers State came first with a whopping 1.7 million people out of jobs in the state. The state as a working population of 3.9 million. Rivers State unemployment rate is 43.7 and ranks third as the worst. 21.7 million Nigerians are unemployed.

Lagos State had the most employed persona with about 3.99 million people out of a total of 35.5 million.

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Nigeria’s unemployment rate jumps to 27.1% as at 2020 Q2

Nigeria’s unemployment rate as at the second quarter of 2020 is 27.1% meaning about 21.7 million Nigerians remain unemployed.

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Nigeria’s unemployment rate as at the second quarter of 2020 is 27.1% indicating that about  21,764,614 (21.7 million) Nigerians remain unemployed.

Nigeria’s unemployment and underemployment rate (28.6%) is a combined 55.7%. This means the total number of Nigerians who are unemployed or underemployed as at 2020 Q2.

This is contained in a recently released unemployment data report published by the National Bureau of Statistics. Nigeria’s unemployment rate was 23.1% in Q3 2018 confirming it increased by 4% points between then and the second quarter of 2020.

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Key highlights

  • The number of persons in the economically active or working-age population (15 – 64 years of age) during the reference period of the survey, Q2, 2020 was 116,871,186.
  • The number of persons in the labour force (i.e. people within ages 15 -64, who are able and willing to work) was estimated to be 80,291,894. This was 11.3% less than the number persons in Q3, 2018. Of this number, those within the age bracket of 25-34 were highest, with 23,328,460 or 29.1% of the labour force.
  • The total number of people in employment (i.e. people with jobs) during the reference period was dwellers, it rose to 31.5% from 22.8%, while the rate among urban dwellers rose to 23.2% from 58,527,276.
  • Of this number, 35,585,274 were full-time employed (i.e. worked 40+ hours per week), while 22,942,003 were under-employed (i.e. working between 20-29 hours per week). This figure is 15.8% less than the people in employment in Q3, 2020
  • The unemployment rate during the reference period, Q2, 2020 was 27.1%, up from the 23.1% recorded in Q3, 2018. The underemployment rate increased from 20.1% in Q3, 2018 to 28.6%.
  • For the period under review, Q2, 2020, the unemployment rate among young people (15-34years) was 34.9%, up from 29.7%, while the rate of underemployment for the same age group rose to 28.2% from 25.7% in Q3, 2018. These rates were the highest when compared to other age groupings.

The data is coming after nearly two years when the last data was published. The bureau last published jobs data in the third quarter of 2018 citing funding as a major challenge.

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READ MORE: Dangote moves to reduce unemployment rate with investments in agriculture 

Key Take-aways

  • Nigeria’s youth remain the hardest hit by unemployment with over 13.9 million people aged between 15 and 34 years unemployed.
  • The data also shows 7.6 million of this subset did nothing.
  • Women also continue to bear the brunch of bad economy with about 12.2 million out of jobs from the 27 million currently unemployed.
  • Graduates and post graduates combined made up about 2.9 million of the total Nigerians that are unemployed.
  • In a surpising data, out of the 35.5 million Nigerians that are fully employed, 28.8 million of them never attended school (6.29 million) or did not have a tertiary education (22.5).
  • In fact, most fully employed people in Nigeria with SSS (Senior Secondary School certificates) are a whopping 13.2 million.

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COVID-19: Nigeria, 6 other African countries to start antibodies tests next week

These countries are the first set of countries to commit to the testing.

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COVID-19: Nigeria, 6 other African countries to start antibodies tests next week

Nigeria and 6 other African countries will start conducting coronavirus antibodies tests as early as next week, as part of efforts to understand the extent of the outbreak on the continent.

Apart from Nigeria, the other African countries that will benefit from this include Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Morocco.

While making the disclosure in Addis Ababa, the head of the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, said that these countries are the first set of countries to commit to it.

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Western countries have been using antibody tests to discover how many of their citizens have been infected by the coronavirus disease, with the expectation that will help them reopen their economies.

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This new development is coming some days after the Nigerian Government started negotiations with prospective COVID-19 vaccine distributors to the country ahead of their availability.

READ ALSO: FG: Why there is no hurry to resume train operation, Lagos blue rail line ready 2022 

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who kick-started the negotiation on behalf of the Federal Government, in a virtual meeting with representatives of the vaccine candidate, told the co-discussants that Nigeria must be given priority when COVID-19 vaccine is ready for distribution.

Nkengasong said that Africa has so far conducted 9.4 million coronavirus tests, a 10% increase over last week. These tests show whether people currently have the coronavirus disease.

Experts said that the low levels of testing in many countries mean that Africa’s infection rates could be higher than being reported.

He said that 25 African countries still have full border closures, with 23 imposing tests at entry points. He also stressed on the need to harmonize border testing and recognize certificates in order to facilitate travel.

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