Senate passes Bill on Real Estate Regulatory Council

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The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill, which seeks to establish the Real Estate Regulatory Council of Nigeria.

The Council, when established according to the Bill would, among others, curb fraudulent practices to ensure that the real estate practice in the country conforms with the National Building Code in Nigeria.

The Bill, which scaled third reading during plenary, is titled: “The Real Estate Regulatory Council of Nigeria (Establishment) Bill, 2021.”

It was sponsored by Senator Aliyu Wamakko.

The passage of the Bill followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Establishment and Public Service.

The report was laid during plenary by the Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi.

Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, who presented the report on behalf of the Committee Chairman, Ibrahim Shekarau, said the establishment of the Real Estate Council of Nigeria would provide efficient, effective and transparent administration of the business of real estate development in Nigeria.

He recalled that the bill seeking to establish the Real Estate Council of Nigeria was passed by both chambers of the eighth National Assembly but was not assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said the President’s decision to withhold assent to the bill was as a result of certain observations raised by stakeholders at the time.

“Those observations have been taken care of in this report by the Committee following the engagement with stakeholders to ensure that real estate business in Nigeria confirms with the Money Laundering Act 2011 (as amended) and the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit Act 2018 in terms of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing due diligence compliance,” Tofowomo said.

He explained that when established, the Council would standardise the business of real estate by regulating the conduct of transactions, providing enabling environment and transparency in the business of real estate development in Nigeria.

The lawmaker stated that it would also curb fraudulent practices to ensure that the real estate business conforms with the National Building Code in Nigeria; as well as create an innovative and sustainable environment to promote Nigeria as a real estate investment destination in Africa and the world.