Our History

image image image

FOCI – Federation of Construction Industry, formerly FEDERATION OF BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS IN NIGERIA (FOBACEC) started its evolution when a group of contractors came together in 1954 to subscribe to the memorandum and Articles of Association.

They were wholly foreign-owned construction companies of the day, namely:

  • Cappa D'Alberto Ltd.
  • Costain (W.A) Ltd.
  • Borini Prono & Company Ltd.
  • H.E.B. Greene & Co (Nig.) Limited
  • G.Cappa Nigeria Ltd.
  • Poletti Brother Nigeria Ltd.
  • Richard Costain Ltd., and
  • Taylor Woodrow (West Africa) Ltd


The purpose of the Federation was self-preservation. But it is to the eternal credit of its founding fathers that they realized that they could not achieve their objective by operating a closed shop. And that their success depended on bringing in as many viable indigenous contractors as possible into the fold. The first of such indigenous contractors to join the Federation was Wilto Waddell Construction Company, which formally became a member in June 1956. Since then indigenous but quality members have joined the organization in droves. The first Nigeria in the name of Mr. L.A. Napkodia was elected into the Governing Council of the body by Taylor Woodrow.

As far back as 1971, the Governing Council had been headed by Nigerians (most of them Chief Executive officers of their own firms) as President. The industry has made several attempts to encourage Nigerian Contractors to come into the fold by liberalizing some requirements without compromising quality.

From initial membership of eight, FOCI now has over one hundred members made largely of indigenous contractors.


The Secretariat carries out the directives of the Governing Council under the leadership of the Director General.


Construction House

Construction House is located at No. 18, Adeyemo Alakija Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. (Picture inside front Cover) was built over thirty years ago and commissioned by Major General Mohammadu Buhari (then Head of the Military Government and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria) on 25th April, 1984.

Relocation to Abuja

FOCI recently engaged in rebranding of its activities and services to Members. A strategic decision was taken to relocate its Head Office from Lagos to Abuja FCT in 2015. The purpose was to ensure closeness to the seat of Government so as to serve Members better. This relocation has enhanced advocacy efforts tremendously. FOCI’s temporary Head Office is located at House No. 8, M.A. Sanusi Street, Foreign Affairs Quarters, Off First Avenue, Gwarimpa, Abuja, Nigeria.