Residents in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri say they are being priced out of the local property market by NGO staff who have arrived to assist victims of the Boko Haram insurgency, reports say.
Istifanus Zira, a local painter, who has been refurbishing properties in a most sought after estate says rents have become “unbelievable”, the Daily Trust newspaper reports
“It was when I was repainting the house that the estate manager told me that the property was rented by an NGO for 18 million naira ($58,000; £47,000). Can you imagine?
There is also the property of a former governor of this state that an NGO rented at 25 million naira ($25,000) and brought technicians from abroad to come and fix their equipment and even sink borehole for them.
You cannot rent a good property now along Damboa road, the type an NGO would like, unless you have their kind of money.”
A worker for a humanitarian organisation, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the paper that NGOs “go for big property as offices for convenience and also for their sponsor to have a good place to stay and work when they visit”.
It follows accusations made earlier this month by the Borno state governor that aid agencies were spending a large quantity of their funds on “flashy” bulletproof vehicles and other facilities for their staff.