Sokoto governor appoints committee on govt. quarters sale By Newsdesk

write my review The Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has approved the appointment of a 12-man Committee to supervise the sale of government quarters in the state.

osmosis in potatoes coursework help In statement by his spokesman, Imam Imam, said that committee would be chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba while the Head of Service, Buhari Bello, is a member.

fsu admissions essay help Other members include the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Survey, Bello Gwiwa, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Sulaiman Adamu and the Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Sa’idu The spokesman for the governor noted that the quarters, which is aimed at reducing housing deficit in the state, would be sold to deserving occupants. Imam disclosed that the governor directed the committee to ensure the demarcation carried out is strictly enforced without any violation of standard measurement. ‘‘They should alert beneficiaries on the need to preserve the vegetation within the vicinity of their surroundings to avoid unnecessary felling of trees,” he added.

enter The spokesman hinted that the governor directed that payments from the sale be deposited into a designated Government Account and tellers be forwarded to the Committee for documentation.

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NiMet targets 1,000 automated weather stations in one year thesis writing services By Newsdesk

Help Write My Thesis The Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi, has disclosed that plans have been concluded to increase number of its automated weather stations to 1,000 in the next one year.

Best Essays Review He added that the agency had only 30 automated stations until it received 47 stations recently from two international agencies as donations.

go site Mashi, in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, said that NiMet currently had less than 100 of such stations across the country.

According to him, the Trans–African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) donated 37, while West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), donated 10.

“Initially we received 37 automated weather stations from TAHMO and recently we receive 10 from WASCAL. For TAHMO, it is an agency based in Netherlands, it is a profit making agency but with an interest in promoting development of meteorology in Africa. Part of its strategies is to assist African countries to get more of automated stations.

“So if you develop the culture of using automated stations they would now bring it to you so that you can buy and through that way we received the donation of 37 weather stations.

“WASCAL have also brought 10 to us to help us in improving the level at which we are collecting and analyzing meteorological data. We have received 47 new and prior to that we have only 30 throughout the whole of the country.

“We are targeting to raise the number from less than 100 to about 1,000 in the next one year and it is good to be ambitious and we believe that we can win,’’ he said.

Mashi disclosed that NiMet currently had 54 network of stations, which are different from automated stations, saying that they are still grossly inadequate.

He reiterated that the principal focus of the agency is to increase the density of observation stations across the country in line with World Meteorological Organisation guideline of one automated weather stations per 100 kilometre.

FG seeks World Bank, IMF support on renewable energy accessibility

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 In order to meet global climate goals, the Federal Government has asked World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), to expand provision and access to renewable energy in the country.

The Apex government stated that scaling up renewable energy would afford everyone to deliver to deliver developmental results and contribute to tackling climate change.

Nigeria’s position on renewable energy and regional integration was presented during the G24 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Washington D.C., United States, by Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun on Friday.

Adeosun lamented that there was major  infrastructure gap to meet in the country, which was the needs of industrialization, stressing that its provision would development Nigerians were yearning for.

She said, “We have a major energy infrastructure gap to meet the needs of industrialization. Providing access to energy to all parts of Nigeria, both urban and rural, is a priority. If we succeed, we estimate that this could unleash the development potentials of two-third of our population of 180 million.”

The Minister added that generation of renewable energy was a financially attractive option for reaching rural populations.

Adeosun further emphasized the need for business models from other countries to serve as a template in the provision of affordable energy, even as she canvassed the reinforcement of regional integration process by the World Bank and the IMF.

While speaking on behalf of Nigeria and 30 other countries during the G24 Ministers and Governors meeting, the minister argued that the process would boost trade between countries and serve as a potential growth driver globally.

“We believe that part of the solution must be regional, multi-country initiatives on infrastructure development. Though complex and often not easy to undertake, there are also successful cases of such projects.

“For instance, a coastal super highway from Lagos to Dakar in West Africa would cut across 11 economic territories. Another Trans-Sahel highway from Northwest Nigeria to Mauritania would provide access and boost economic activities of land-lock countries like Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali,” she added.

The IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, however, advised low-income countries to be very cautious in dealing with investors, noting that there was a huge surge yields on the path of investors.

The Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva, urged developing countries to look at other sources of finance rather than dependence on the Paris Club.

Georgieva said: “It is imperative for us to maximize finance for development and also critical for us think of comparative strength for significant finance to flow into developing countries.”

On energy deficiency, she counselled developing countries to identify what could be done to create favourable environment for renewable energy.

Buhari meets South East leaders, assures rail, road projects completion

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured South East leaders and stakeholders that the region would benefit more from roads and coastal rail projects, which are of critical importance to the economy.

The President stressed that completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge, the East-West Road and the Coastal rail project, would continuously receive utmost attention from his administration.

He gave the assurance on Friday during an audience with leaders from the region led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, at the Aso Rock, Abuja.

The President disclosed that counterpart funding from the Chinese government would substantially fund these projects, which when completed, would improve welfare, well-being and economy of the people residing in the region.

“I know the Chinese are very competent in handling such projects and we will ensure that we get the money for the projects to take off.

“I thank you for articulating your demands and I want to assure that we are doing our best for the country. If we can stop people from stealing, then there will be more resources to put into projects that will create employment for Nigerians,’’ the President added.

Responding to allegations of under-representation of Igbos in his government, the President said: “ I gave south-east four substantive ministers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Investment, Science and Technology and Labour.

“Seven states in the North got Ministers of State and of the two Ministries headed by your sons, I cannot take any decision on foreign policy and investments without their input,’’ he said.

The President also promised the leaders, comprising governors and ministers from the region, the President of Ohaneze, Nnia Nwodo and representatives from the National Assembly, that he would visit states in the zone soon.

“I want to assure you that I came into government with a clear conscience and I will also leave with a clear conscience,’’ he said.

Earlier, the President of Ohaneze, while articulating demands of the zone to the President, highlighted the issue of state creation, restructuring, federal projects in the South East namely Enugu-Onitsha road, Enugu-Port Harcourt road and Aba-Ikot-Ekpene road, among others.

Nwodo also demanded urgent presidential interventions on the Enugu Airport, reticulation of the gas-pipelines in the South East and the standard gauge plan for railway construction.

Commending the President’s remarkable achievements on security and the fight against corruption, Nwodo declared the region would continued to support his administration.

He said: “We are ready to work with you. We are determined to work with you. We know you are a decisive leader and we know God will continue to give you the wisdom to govern Nigeria.’’

Also, Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, expressed satisfaction on the outcome of their discussions with the President on critical issues and topics affecting the region.

“You have no hatred for any state. You have treated all states with equality. What one state gets in the north, the other gets in the south,’’ the governor said, referring to budget support facility and stabilisation fund released to states and local governments since the inception of the administration.”

Ogun generates N4bn from land allocations, others

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The Director-General, Ogun Bureau of Lands, Biyi Ismail, on Wednesday disclosed that the bureau generated over N4 billion revenue between in eight months.

He said the bureau generated N86 million from survey/planning/building fees, N190 million from rent on government land while N116 million came from ratification of Certificate of Occupancy.

Ismail disclosed revenue generated by the agency while receiving members of the State House of Assembly committee on revenue, who were on an oversight visit in Abeokuta.

The director general said: “We also made N3.2 billion from plot allocation and layout fees and N49 million from of Certificate of Occupancy.”

While giving breakdown of revenue generated, he noted that N1.9 million was generated from inspection fees, N5.9 million from administration charges/fees, N407 million from governor’s consent and N2.5 million through charting fees.

Ismail hinted that the bureau also collected N4.1 million from documents, N7.9 million from certificate of true and red copy, N10.6 million from sales of bills of entries and N20,000 from sales of maps.

The director-general said the state remained the best in the country in terms of issuance of certificate of occupancy to land owners.

He disclosed that by December, the bureau would cleared about 90 per cent of the 70,000 applicants for the certificate of occupancy.

Ismail, who is also the Special Adviser to the governor on Lands, said inadequate funding and lack of operational vehicles to meet the increasing demand for field operations as some of challenges facing the bureau.

Responding, the Committee Chairman, Biyi Adeleye, said the committee was not out to witch-hunt the agency but to perform its constitutional responsibility.

Adeleye challenged the bureau to ensure a more coordinated and effective data management of land and related documents in line with international standard practices.

Court orders Allison-Madueke permanently forfeits 56 houses to FG

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered final forfeiture of 56 houses sited in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke, to the Federal Government.

The permanent forfeiture order followed a motion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking the permanent forfeiture of the properties.

EFCC on Wednesday urged the court to grant the motion, arguing that the properties sought to be attached were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities during her tenure in office.

The property, which experts disclosed that was $22 million, include 21 mixed housing units of eight four-bedroom penthouse apartment, six three-bedroom apartments, two three-bedroom apartment and one four-bedroom apartment.

It was gathered that the property located at 7, Thurnburn St., and 5, Raymond St., Yaba, are valued at N937 million and bought through Chapel Properties Ltd.

The 16 four-bedroom terrace located at Heritage Court Estate, Omerelu Street, Diobu GRA, Port Harcourt, River, valued at N928 million were bought through Blue Nile Estate Ltd.

Others were 13 units of 3-bedroom with one room maid’s quarter situated at Mabushi Gardens Estate, Plot 1205, Cadastral Zone B06, Mabushi, Abuja, valued at N650 million, were bought through Azinga Meadows Ltd.

Also, a six flats of three-bedroom and one boys quarter located at Plot 808 (135), Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, valued at N805 million were bought for the ex-minister through Vistapoint property Development Ltd.

After listening to the submissions of EFCC’s lawyer, Anselem Ozioko, the judge, Abdulazeez Anka, granted the motion.

The judge noted that there was no response to the applicant’s motion on notice for final forfeiture by any of the respondents in spite of the fact that they were served with the hearing notice.

“I have gone through the affidavit attached to motion for final forfeiture as well as the submissions of the EFCC’s counsel, Mr Ozioko.

“The court has no option considering the incontrovertible evidence led by the EFCC than to grant the application. The motion for final forfeiture is accordingly granted as prayed. All parties have a right of appeal,” the judge ruled.

It would be recalled that aside Alison-Madueke, Donald Chidi Amamgbo, Chapel Properties Ltd, Blue Nile Estate Ltd, Azinga Meadows Ltd, and Vistapoint Property Development Ltd were respondents in the suit.

Lagos engages 115 officers to stem collapse building cases

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The Lagos state government has disclosed that it had engaged atleast 115 certified engineers and other relevant professionals to stem persistent cases of collapse building in the state.

It added that their employment would assist the state government’s quest to address incidences of collapse building and ensure compliance with relevant building laws.

Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowoshe, who disclosed their employment during an induction programme organised for newly deployed staff of the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), added that the state government is better prepared to nip cases of collapsed building in the bud.

Anifowoshe hinted that newly recruited officers were professionals drawn from different field of study comprising of geologist, quantity surveyors, architect, chemical engineer, building officers, civil engineer, and mechanics, among others.

He described the deployment of the new officers as a way of creating gainful employment for the citizens, even as he underscores the determination of the present administration to further guarantee safety of all residents of the State and prevent avoidable deaths.

Anifowoshe attributed the spate of collapsed buildings experienced in the state in recent to the engagement of quacks in construction works, use of substandard building materials by property developers, poor sensitization on the importance of undertaking material testing in building and civil engineering construction.

He called on affected professional bodies to be more alive to their responsibilities in ensuring that their members perform their duties in line with their guiding code of conduct, adding that efforts being put in place by the state government to ensure compliance with building laws must be complemented by the professional bodies as well.

While urging the newly recruited staff to comport themselves professionally in the discharge of their duties without compromise, Anifowoshe noted that the induction programme will allow participants to be familiar with the rules guiding their engagement as well as the expectations of the State Government from them

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Boladele Dapo-Thomas, who was represented by the Acting General Manager of LSMTL, Olalekan Ajani, restated the position of the state government to zero-tolerance to building collapse in Lagos State.

She urged the inductees to help curb the incidences of building collapse and civil engineering infrastructure by carrying out appropriate and required test on all building materials used in the “building and construction industry” for quality assurance.

“Be reminded of the Mission Statement of this Agency which is ‘to establish a system that will prevent distress on building and civil engineering infrastructure through quality materials assurance mechanism’

The Permanent Secretary lauded the effort of the state government at ensuring the re-emergence and re-positioning of Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory to meet the challenges of a smart city that Lagos has become.

Lagos needs 1m housing units annually-Ambode

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The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has disclosed that a total of one million housing units are required yearly in next five to ten years to address the housing deficit in the state.

Ambode, meanwhile, said that for the state to further strengthen its smart City status, it would required over 10, 000 Megawatts of power supply and that 750 million gallons of water are needed daily to ensure residents have access to portable water.

The governor stressed that the facilities were needed because the state was at a critical point in history where careful assessment must be made on infrastructure deficit and deliberate actions taken to address the challenges for the next generation to have solid foundation to rely upon.

He disclosed the infrastructural needed in Lagos on Monday at a round-table on infrastructure financing organised by the Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria (HBSAN) in collaboration with the state government.

Continuing with the statistics, the Governor said the population of Lagos, at the moment, is estimated at 24 million people which is equal to that of 30 African countries put together, while by 2050, the State is on track to be a city of 36 million people or the 6th largest city in the world after Mumbai, Delhi, Dhaka, Kinshasa, and Kolkata and ahead of Tokyo, Karachi, New York and Mexico City.

He said: “We have a migration rate of 86 people moving into Lagos every hour, higher than New York, London or Mumbai; we have a population density of 6,939 persons per Kilometre and an average of 5 persons per household. With all these comes challenges and pressures on the physical and social infrastructure.

“As at 2010, our State was facing an infrastructure deficit of $50billion, without the inclusion of Housing and Education. In 2017, we can all imagine what this deficit will be.

“Lagos State requires 1 million housing units every year for 5-10 years to fix the housing deficit. As at 2015, our State had 16,000km network of roads but with a daily human traffic of over 7.5million people and 2.8million cars; the power needs of the State is over 10,000 MW of Power but we receive less than 2,000MW; we presently supply 210.5 million gallons of water per day (“mgpd”) as against a demand of 750 mgpd; our State generates 13,000 tonnes of solid waste per day more than New York, United States,” he added.

With this, the governor said it had become evident that the time for actions that would affect livelihood of residents and also protect future of younger generations to be taken in that direction.

Ambode noted that he was not bringing up the details to scare residents and investors but such was needed to appreciate the challenges ahead in the sectors mentioned and others.

“As a government, we are aware of these challenges. These are challenges that face most mega cities like ours because we represent hope to many people and we must provide for all who make Lagos their home. If Lagos works, we could have a chance as a nation to work on others,” the Governor said.

He added that the major issues would be how to bridge the gap in infrastructure considering the fact that revenues were not growing at the same rate as the rapidly increasing population, and that government was unwilling to increase taxes unnecessarily or tax residents to death, a development he said necessitated the discussion.

“In government, we do not have all the answers. That is the truth. That is why we are here. Our primary role as government is to be enablers. Our major responsibilities are to protect the lives and property of residents and to improve their welfare,” he said.

The keynote speaker at the session, Professor John Macomber of the Harvard Business School lamented the over-centralization operating in the country, saying that the Federal Government could build more infrastructure if not for the centrally controlled mechanism.

On his part, one of the discussants, Dr. Andrew Nevin who is one of PWC’s leading global thinkers, urged the State Government to consider tapping into the huge data available to financial institutions to unlock revenue potential on landed property in the State which can be deployed to address the massive infrastructure deficits the State is currently contending with.

Fashola warns contractors against shoddy road projects 

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Following disbursement N100 billion to contractors for 25 major road projects, Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has warned contractors against shoddy road projects.

Fashola added that they should reciprocate Federal Government’s gesture, according to him, has worked assiduously to ensure that funds were raised to pay them.

The disbursed funds raised through the issuance of Sukuk bonds, an Islamic financial means, structured in such a way as to generate returns to investors without infringing Islamic law that prohibits interest. And its holders are entitled to a share in the revenues generated by the Sukuk assets.

Recalling his meeting recently with the contractors where he promised that the roads would be appropriately financed, the minister hinted that several strategy and collaboration were adopted to ensure the funds were released.

He commended thanked the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeoshun, the Debt Management Office (DMO), other agencies and individuals who worked to make the programme successful as well as all the investors in the SUKUK for showing confidence in Nigerian economy.

Speaking on behalf of the contractors, the Managing Director of Reynolds Construction Company (Nigeria) Limited (RCC), Moussa Nakhla, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government for the efforts in the rebuilding of the nation’s infrastructure expressing joy that the administration has not belied the trust reposed in them by the contractors.

The Managing Director assured that the road projects, considering the terrain in which the roads were located, would be constructed to stand the test of time.

It would be recalled that N100 billion SUKUK proceeds would be shared equally to the six geopolitical zones with each zone getting N16.67 billion for the selected road projects in the zones while the road projects covered by the Fund, include five in the North Central, four in the North East, two in the North West, four in the South East, five in the South West and five in the South-South.

According to the Director Highways, Planning and Development in the Ministry, Chukwunike Uzo, roads under the SUKUK in the North Central include the Construction of Loko-Oweto Bridge, Dualisation of Abuja-Lokoja Road, sections 1 and 4, Dualisation of Suleja-Minna Road phase 2 and the Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road section 1.

In the North East Zone, the four projects include the Dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri Road sections 2,3, 4 and 5 while the four projects in the North West include Dualisation of Kano-Maiduguri Road Section 1, Dualization of Kano-Katsina Road Phase 1, Construction of Kano Western Bypass and the construction of Kzduna Eastern Bypass.

In the South East, the four roads to benefit from the SUKUK fund include the rehabilitation of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway and the rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt Road sections 1, 2 and 3 while in the South-South the five projects include rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt Road section 4, Dualisation of Yenegoa to Otoeke-Bayelsa Palm Road and Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road sections 2,3 and 4.

For the South-West, the three projects covered include reconstruction of Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Shagamu Dual-carriageway phase 3 and 4 and the Dualisation of Ibadan-Ilorin Road section 2.

FG releases N100bn Sukuk bond for 25 roads project

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The Federal Government has released N100 billion to road contractors with the aim of facilitating the construction and rehabilitation of 25 priority road projects which would aid in reducing travel time in the country.

The Federal Government raised the funds through the issuance of Sukuk bonds, an Islamic financial means, structured in such a way as to generate returns to investors without infringing Islamic law that prohibits interest. And its holders are entitled to a share in the revenues generated by the Sukuk assets.

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun after presenting the cheque of N100 billion to Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday, said the money would be used to construct roads necessary for the country’s economic growth.

“This is the first Sukuk for Nigerians. It’s an important development in our financial markets because it’s about financial inclusion and deepening of our financial markets.

“The proceeds will be used to further support government capital spending for 2017 in the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic roads across the six geo-political zones of the country. The roads will ease commuting, spur economic activities across the country and further close our infrastructural gap,” she said.

Also, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said with the release of the funds, contractors had no excuse to delay the execution and completion of projects.

“We had initially had a meeting and you all alluded to what the problems are. First of all, the problems identified were broadly two, that of finance and weather. I promised that we will solve the finance problem and nature will take care of the weather problem.

“Thank all the investors of Sukuk for showing confidence not only in the instrument but in the Nigerian economy because it is a message that there is still a lot of promise in the economy,” he said.

The Representative of the Contractors, Mousa Nahkia, who is the Managing Director of RCC Nigeria Limited, expressed the contractors’ gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for working day and night to make this a reality.

Also, the Director, Highway Planning and Development, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Chukwunwike Uzo, said that the money has been shared equally amongst the six geopolitical zones with each receiving an equal allocation of N16.67 billion.

It was gathered that the North Central had five projects which were the dualisation of Lokoja-Benin road, Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road section one, three and section four and Construction of Oju-Loko-Oweto Bridge over River Benue. Meanwhile, the North East has four projects namely the dualisation of Kano to Maiduguri road section two, three, four and five.

Similarly the North West region has four projects namely the Dualisation of Kano to Katsina road phase one, dualisation of Suleja to Minna roads in Niger state, Phase two, Construction of Kano Western bypass and the construction of Kaduna Eastern by-pass road.

Four projects would benefit from the South East namely; Rehabilitation of Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriage way section two, Onitsha to Enugu expressway, Enugu to Port Harcourt dual carriageway section one, and three.

For the South South, five projects will benefit from the fund. they are dualisation of Yenegwe to Kolo to Otuoke to Bayelsa palm road. Other projects in the region were the rehabilitation of Enugu to Port Harcourt road section four and the dualisation of Lokoja to Benin road section two, three and four and five.

Finally, three projects would be executed in the South West region namely; reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin to Ofosu to Ore to Ajebandele to Shagamu dual carriageway phase three and four.

Also the dualisation of Ibadan to Ilorin road section two would also be completed using the raised funds.

The contractors to benefit from the funds are Arab Contractors Nigeria Limited, CCECC Nigeria Limited, CGC Nigeria Limited, Dantata and Sawoe Construction and Gitto Construction Generalli Nigeria Limited.

Others are Salini Nigeria Limited, Mothercat Limited, RCC Nigeria Limited, Setraco Nigeria Limited and Eksiogulari Nigeria Limited.