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Gov. Umahi Orders Re-Certification of Lands, Buildings in Ebonyi Urban Areas

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has ordered that all buildings, lands and related properties within Abakaliki and other urban cities be re-certified. Umahi gave the order on Thursday in Abakaikil while inaugurating the newly installed automation server at the state’s Ministry of Lands and Survey, noting that it was in the state’s interest

. The governor ordered that all re-certified properties must be captured in the ministry’s database and all government lands captured with all coordinates.  “This will ensure that anyone who wants to obtain Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) will have it tested to see whether it encroaches on government land or not. “This will make such lands not to be approved as all lands must-have titles,” he said.

He thanked the Ministry of Lands and Survey and the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) among others for making the initiative possible. “I have instructed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to prepare a letter for me to the state House of Assembly for a law to make Afikpo, Ohoazara and Ivo urban areas.

“This will enable us to start collecting rent from those areas, as all Local Government Areas (LGA) within the capital are urban areas,” he said. Chief Moses Oshibe, Commissioner for Lands and Survey, said that land registry automation involved processing, storage and retrieval of information on land title/deed documents electronically. “These title/deed documents include statutory C-of-O, Deed of Assignment, Deed of Legal Mortgage, Deed of Sub-Lease, Deed of Assent and Power of Attorney among others.

“The Ebonyi land registry was automated in 2009 but the automation server served for some years and developed a fault. “The governor is aware of these anomalies, decided to salvage the situation by installing a server- Intel Xeon E-5, 2630-@2.40 GHZ capacity. “The server is above the former installation, has 10 work-stations and its ancillaries, guarantees the full life span of the machine and solves the problem of power supply,” he said.

He said that the public who engaged in a transaction with the state government would benefit tremendously from the exercise with a sense of relief to conclude transactions. “The real estate developers and financial institutions will see it as a gold mine, while the state’s IGR will increase significantly,” he said

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Fashola Pledges Commitment to Jobs Creation, Infrastructural Development

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola has declared that the Ministry is strategizing towards playing a vital role in supporting President Mohammadu Buhari’s determination to create 10 million jobs for Nigerians, especially for the teeming youths.

He made the declaration today at the 25th meeting of the National Council on Works in Calabar, Cross River State. The theme of the Council Meeting is ‘’Infrastructure as the pathway for prosperity’’ which according to him was carefully chosen to address the complex issues of road infrastructure development in the country with the view to proffering tangible solutions to some of the problems in Nigeria, thereby giving the good people of Nigeria qualitative services they deserve.

Fashola who was ably represented by the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu maintained that it behoves on all Stakeholders in the Works sector to find new enduring possibilities on how to establish the link between infrastructure development and job creation, poverty alleviation and empowerment of the informal sector in ensuring that the 10 million jobs target for the next ten years by Mr. President was achieved.

The Minister disclosed that his Ministry would effectively collaborate with other relevant agencies saddled with similar responsibilities of monitoring, maintenance and survey of roads network in Nigeria with the view to develop them to the desired standard.

He commended the Government and the people of Cross River State for providing a safe and conducive environment for the 25th Meeting of the National Council on Works and hosting the prestigious annual International Calabar Carnival event which according to him has made the ancient city, not only a global home for entertainment but also a veritable economic hub to reckon with in South- South Nigeria.

In his address, the Executive Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency, Prof. Ben. Ayade who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu urged the Federal Road Maintenance Agency to rise up to the challenge of road maintenance. ‘’We have thrown overboard our maintenance culture, let us revive our road maintenance culture, let us maintain the roads so that the failing path will not expand the more’’ he said.

While commending the Management and staff of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, and all the Stakeholders in the Works Sector for considering his state worthy to host the 25th Meeting of the National Council on Works, Ayade called on Federal Government to reconstruct the failed highways in his State with concrete , adding that the Ikom, Itu, Bakasi and Katsina-Ala highways were vital and of Scio- economic importance to Cross River State in particular and Nigeria in general.

UAE Developer Orders Tesla Cybertrucks for Dubai Site Visits

Azizi Developments has announced that it has placed an order for 10 of Tesla’s new Cybertrucks

UAE-based Azizi Developments has announced that it has placed an order for 10 of Tesla’s new Cybertrucks which it plans to use to enhance customers’ pre-sales site visits.

In line with its commitment to clean and renewable energy, Azizi said it plans to exclusively use electric vehicles for its customer site visits.

Farhad Azizi, CEO of Azizi Developments, said: “We are excited about this pre-order, with it underlining our commitment to being a sustainable, environmentally conscious developer that has its customers’ best interest at heart. We are looking forward to modernise our fleet with Tesla’s Cybertrucks.”

He did not give a size for the investment in the Cybertrucks but they carry a starting price of nearly $40,000 each.

On Tuesday, Dubai Police said it would be adding the Cybertruck to its fleet of vehicles.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Monday that the car which was revealed last week had already received 200,000 orders despite its embarrassing debut when its “bulletproof” windows shattered during a showcase of its alleged durability.

The vehicle looks like a metallic trapezoid and its exterior is made from newly developed stainless steel, the same metal kind that’s used for SpaceX rockets, according to Musk.

He also claimed the Cybertruck is more capable of towing and hauling than a Ford F-150, with the ability to tow up to 14,000 pounds, and is a better sports car than the Porsche 911.

Azizi Developments currently has 54 ongoing projects that are to be delivered between 2019 and 2023, and an additional 130 projects in planning, worth several billion dollars, that are projected to be delivered between 2023 and 2025.

Source: arabianbusiness

Dangote Rewards 160 Staff for Long Service, Commitment

Dangote Industries Limited, Nigeria’s most valuable brand and Africa’s most admired brand, yesterday honoured 160 staff for their long service, loyalty, commitment and vital contributions to the growth of the Pan-African conglomerate.

At a gala dinner held in Lekki, Lagos, elated staff ranging from the Group Managing Director, Mr. Olakunle Alake, to drivers and security personnel were feted like royalty for their loyalty to an organisation, which was recently ranked as the best indigenous company to work in Nigeria according to the Jobberman 2019 Report.

The Group Executive Director, Logistics and Distribution, Dangote Industries Limited, Alhaji Abdu Dantata, emerged the highest living awardee for his 36 years of service, while the Group Managing Director, Mr. Olakunle Alake, who gave the welcome remarks, was given an outstanding ovation for his 29 years of loyalty in service to the organisation.

The President/CE of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote GCON, commended all the awardees for their loyalty.

“Today, we celebrate your individual and collective successes and our breakthrough was due to your investment of many years of loyal service. I encourage you to remain dedicated and committed. We deeply appreciate you and your efforts. Thank you very much”, Dangote added.

Source: dailytrustng

FIFA ranking: Nigeria Now World’s 31st, Still Africa’s Third

The Super Eagles have moved up by four spots to 31 in the world in November 2019 FIFA ranking.

The three-time African champions, who placed 35th last month with 1481 points, retained their third position in Africa.

The ranking table published on FIFA’s website on Thursday showed that Nigeria garnered 1493 points in November.

Nigeria ranked third in Africa behind Senegal and Tunisia, who are placed 20th and 27th with 1555 and 1506 points respectively.

The country’s upward movement came a week after recording two victories in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches.

In the qualifiers, Super Eagles beat Benin Republic 2-1 and defeated Lesotho 4-2.

African champions Algeria are fourth, while Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali and DR Congo make the top 10 teams on the continent.

Meanwhile, the Super Falcons remained unmoved in the new FIFA ranking, maintaining their 36th position in the World and first in Africa with 1643 points.

The top five remains unchanged with Belgium remaining number, while world champions France, Brazil, England and Uruguay retain their second, third fourth and fifth positions.

There a change in the top ten, with Croatia (sixth, up one) climbing for the second successive edition at the expense of Portugal (seventh, down one).There are, however, more significant changes further down the table, with Italy (13th, up two), Poland (19th, up two) and Serbia (29th, up four).


7 Day Ultimatum Elapses: CBN, FIRS, NDDC, FCTA, Amnesty, 13 Others Fail to Submit Audited Accounts

AT the expiration of the seven day Ultimatum given to them by the Senate to submit their audited accounts, eighteen out of the twenty five agencies of government have neither presented them nor written to explain the rationale for the non submission. Angry reactions trail FG’s stance on Onyema(Opens in a new browser tab) Against this backdrop the yesterday issued another strong warning to these agencies of government to make available to it the reports in the overall interest of the country, or would be brought to Public Arena.

In a statement signed Thursday by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Edo South  once again read a riot act to Ministries, Departments, Agencies; MDA that have failed to disclose  their financial transactions as stipulated by the Constitution. According to Urhoghide, agencies like  the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS and the Niger-Delta Development Commission(NDDC) failed to honour the seven day Ultimatum given to them to forward to the Committee, their audited accounts.

He listed other defaulting agencies to include: the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Fedral Inland Revenue Services (FIRS),Federal Capital Territory Administration, Others are National Agency for Science and Engineering and Infrastructure (NASENI),Nigeria Investment Promotion Council,   Federal Roads Maintenance Agency(FERMA),National Space Research and  Development Agency, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, Nigeria Maritime Administration  and Safety Agency.

(NIMASA), Petroleum  Equalization Fund,Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Presidential Amnesty Programmé,  Nigerian Petroleum Development Company,(NPDC). Others are Small and Medium Enterprise  Development Agency, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Nigerian Airspace Management Agency,  Nigerian Railway Corporation, and  National Primary Healthcare Development Agency. Urhoghide said, “Recall that on 20th November, 2019, the Senate Pubkic Accounts Committee called a press conference to draw the attention of some agencies of government numbering 25 about their failure to submit relevant documents on their income and expenditure for its oversight functions.

The agencies were given 7 days to send their responses to the Committee. ” Despite the lapse of time, some agencies have refused to respond to the Committee. The Committee in carrying out its oversight functions will not relent in ensuring that the agencies are called to account for their stewardship in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, Senate Standing Orders and extant Acts. ” It is necessary for these agencies to note that they must comply with the directive of the Committee in the overall public interest.”

Recall that Senator Urhoghide had  said last week that the committee through  its oversight functions has the mandate of vetting the financial transactions  of over 600 agencies of government . Uroghide said that  all the various government agencies including the ones fighting corruption, apparently referring to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC) have refused to come forward with their audited accounts despite several letters to that effect to them.

According to him, many of the agencies have not audited their accounts in the last twenty years; pointing out that his panel was determined to bring every one of them from the Presidency to the smallest government agency to the public arena on issues of transparency, given the committees effort to ensure accountability  in government revenue.

Urhoghide had said, “In order to ensure accountability and transparency in the management of public funds and guarantee, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of public resources. “The Senate Public  Accounts Committee issued correspondences to relevant Institutions of government seeking their responses to enable the committee carry out special oversight functions in line with Sections 85, 88 & 89 of the Constitution of the .Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended .

“The  correspondence is also in line with  Order 97(5) of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended. “In the light of this, all the defaulting Agencies are  by this notice, given the last opportunity to make submissions before their invitation to the scheduled public hearings. Senate threatens AG over audit reports of State House, EFCC, FIRS, others(Opens in a new browser tab) “In view of the fact that some Agencies have defaulted in their submission deadline. “Notice is hereby issued to defaulting MDAs,  other government organisations to make submissions within  7 days on their responses to  issues raised by the committee  regarding their income and expenditure operations from 2017 to 2019.”


Senate Seeks Affordable Housing for Workers

The Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Housing to urgently work out modalities with the various stakeholders in the National Housing Development sector to ensure the implementation of affordable housing for the poorest Nigerians.

The resolution was reached after the consideration of a motion on the “Urgent need to reform the Housing Policy and Mortgage Financing in Nigeria to meet the escalating housing demand in the country.”

Sponsor of the motion, Albert Bassey Akpan, said low and middle-class income earners constitute the largest active population in Nigeria.

This population, according to him, finds it difficult to have access to housing in their lifetime.

He recalled that the creation of the National Housing Fund through the National Housing Fund (NHF) Act of 1992 was specifically intended to cater for Nigerians in line with the various Housing policies and International Conventions and Treaties to which Nigeria is a signatory.

Akpan stated that by virtue of the provisions of the NHF Act, a working class Nigerian is required to contribute 2.5 percent of his or her monthly salary to the fund which provides the source of funding to the Primary Mortgage Institutions (PMIs).

He said, “Access to the fund through the PMI is cumbersome due to stringent and complex eligibility criteria which makes the development of housing through the fund challenging or practically impossible to date.”

“Since the creation of the fund in 1992, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria as at 2013 disbursed only N100.5 billion.

“In 2015, out of 4 million registered contributors to the fund, only 60,000 (1.5%) were able to access mortgage loans through the funds, leading to the construction of only 40,653 houses across the country,” Akpan said.

The lawmaker further lamented that there exists little or no impact of the National Social Housing Development Programme in the country over the years owing to the escalating population growth in Nigeria.

“There is dire and urgent need for a total review of our National Housing Policy framework to meet the needs of our people, especially the poorest Nigerians in line with the various International Conventions/Treaties of which Nigeria is a signatory,” Bassey said.

In his contribution, Senator Fadahunsi (PDP, Osun East) called on the Federal Government to undertake an immediate overhaul of the country’s housing policies with a view to easing the burdens of poor Nigerians.

“There is need to reorganise the housing policy, so that it will benefit the whole of Nigerians as soon as possible,” he said.

Another lawmaker, Senator Binos Yaroe Dauda (PDP, Adamawa South) described Housing as “one of the fundamental needs of man.”

The lawmaker, who called for a review of housing policies and mortgage financing, added, “It is important for this sector to be reformed so that our people can have houses.”

Meanwhile, the Senate yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate the process of computerising the nation’s oil sector.

This, according to the Senate, is to curb the multifaceted challenges associated with the oil and gas production, transportation, and sales business in the country.

It also mandated its joint committee on petroleum upstream, downstream and gas resources to convene a public hearing to ascertain the quantity of oil and gas produced daily and the quality control mechanism engaged by NNPC.

Other task for the committee is to determine the amount of waste of petroleum products through pilfering, pipeline vandalisation and leakages, and international best practices of computerized oil and gas business management, including pipeline protection and quantity and quality control.

The resolutions were reached after the Senate adopted a motion sponsored by Senator George Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East) and 29 others on the “need to install computerized oil facilities management gadgets for Nigerian crude oil businesses.”

Presenting the motion, Sekibo said it was of concern that while other countries in the same business venture have gone digital for the past 50 years, Nigeria is still using analogue technology in doing its petroleum technology.

“We still use human beings (4 persons) to monitor a kilometer of pipeline, giving undue opportunities to oil pilfered, giving rise to unnecessary pipeline explosion, causing deaths and unquantifiable loss of products and other human valuables,” he said.

He regretted that Nigeria with over 61 years in oil business could not give account of total amount of products produced, sold, wasted and lost through pilfering, or pipeline vandalization.

He said petroleum products business should have been given priority attention in terms of protection, expansion, quantity and total quality control especially with oil as the mainstay of Nigeria’s income and foreign reserves.

He said Nigeria is the biggest oil producer in Africa with maximum capacity of of about 2.5 million per barrel, but noted that, “this meager quantity is always under attack through pipeline vandalism and oil platform theft which has reduced quantity produced”.

Sekibo said, “one key area of fighting corruption is through effective management of resource itself, that is the source of revenue just as this administration emphasizes on the fight against revenue pilfering by the operators”.

“The computerization of oil management system assist in the pipeline protection, trigger off alarms when any section of the pipeline is disturbed for whatever reason. The system detects if there is a weak section, captures suspected intruders on the pipeline, and are equipped with fire fighting gadgets in the event of fire outbreak”.

In his remarks before its adoption, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan described the motion as “genuine effort to ensure that we are not short changed as a country.”

Source: thenationonlineng

How Nigeria, Others Can Tackle $170b African Infrastructure Needs – Stakeholders

NIGERIA and other African countries need greater regional and cross-border integration as well as cooperation to bridge the continent’s infrastructure needs put at between $130–$170 billion a year.

African leaders and other stakeholders stated this at the ongoing 2019 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week holding in Cairo, Egypt.

The financing gap for the required infrastructure needs was put at between $68–$108 billion.

Key players in the infrastructure sector noted that enhanced partnerships between the public and private sectors to develop the continent’s infrastructure to spur industrial growth and employment creation would bring the continent a little closer to achieving the Pan- African dreams of the African forefathers: an interconnected Africa, where divisions of the colonial pasts would fade away.

They agreed that greater economic activity, enhanced efficiency and increased competitiveness on the continent were continually being hampered by inadequate transport, communication, water and power infrastructure.

NOo fewer than 700 delegates from across the continent and beyond are attending this year’s PIDA Week, which is being held under the theme: “Positioning Africa to deliver on Agenda 2063 and economic integration through multi-sectoral approaches to infrastructure development”.

In his opening remarks at the event, Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), who spoke on the rationale behind PIDA Week and its objective, said PIDA and its associated instruments have enabled the continent to make remarkable progress in the reconstruction, rehabilitation and development of infrastructure on the continent.

According to Mayaki, progress has been registered over the entire landscape of infrastructure – from hardware developments on road and railway transport, power – including renewable energy, and ICT, to software enhancements in regulatory practices and regimes, policies, systems – such as one-stop border post monitoring systems, and human skills and capacities.

He said: “This is not another conference, not another ordinary week. This is for you, stakeholders in the Infrastructure development space, to own and significantly contribute to change the lives of millions Africans!.As this responsibility has been bestowed upon us, we shouldn’t take this lightly when we engage in the various sessions throughout the week.”

Through the transformation involved by PIDA, Mayaki said Africa’s geography is changing “and the borders are fading more and more, contributing to build stronger ties between countries through trade, and therefore making them see the economic costs of war with their neighboring countries. PIDA humbly contributes, to foster peace and change the landscape of Africa”.

The AU-NEPAD CEO, however, warned that more work has to be done.

Mayaki said as part of the infrastructural gap, the African Development Bank estimates that more than 640 million Africans have no access to energy, giving an electricity access rate for African countries at just over 40 percent — the world’s lowest.

“Per capita consumption of energy in Sub- Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) is 180 kWh, against 13,000 kWh per capita in the United States and 6,500 kWh in Europe.

“This is not another conference, not another ordinary week. This is for you participants a place to own and significantly contribute to change the lives of millions Africans.

“As this responsibility has been bestowed upon us, we shouldn’t take this lightly when we engage in the various sessions throughout the week.”

He reminded delegates of the importance of accountability and political will in order to transform Africa’s infrastructure.

Quoting Rwanda President Paul Kagame’s report on the African Union reforms, Mayaki said: “We have everything needed to succeed. To fail Africa again would be unforgiveable.” he concluded.

To Ambassador Khaled Emara, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Organizations and Communities and Egyptian President’s Representative to the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), “The lack of infrastructure in Africa is an obstruction to economic growth, hence the need to expedite infrastructure development projects to achieve the 2063 development agenda.”

Emara further noted that the world was eager to do business with Africa, “but finds it difficult to access the continent due to poor infrastructure”.

African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid said PIDA Week was an important platform to evaluate achievements and challenges the continent is facing in infrastructure development and to plan for the future.

The Commissioner said there was need for Africa to attract private investments and utilize pension and sovereign funds to develop the much-needed infrastructure on the continent.

For his part, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, in his keynote address delivered by Dr. Mohamed Shaker El-Markab, the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, said: “The implementation of the African development plan, Agenda 2063, is based on providing an advanced infrastructure with sustainable services in light of its commitment to attract investment and promote intra-African trade to achieve the regional and economic integration that our countries and people aspire to.”

Since its inception in 2015, PIDA Week has evolved and grown to become the flagship advocacy and marketing event for PIDA, which was formed to drive Africa’s aspirations for infrastructure development in line with Agenda 2063.

Source: thenationonlineng

Fashola Identifies Insurgency, Excessive Load as Challenges Facing Road Infrastructure

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has identified insurgency, road-users’ abuses among others as challenges undermining road infrastructure development in the country and called for other sources of funding road projects.

He made this known on Thursday at the 29th Meeting of the National Council on Works in Calabar with the theme, Infrastructure as the Pathway for Prosperity.

The meeting was attended by various stakeholders such as permanent secretaries, directors of work, commissioners of works, among others.

Fashola, who was represented by the Minister of State, Works and Housing, Engr Abubakar Aliyu, said “The need to look beyond public budgets and the clamour for other funding sources for road projects are recurring decimals in the literature of Nigerian highways development.“The challenge of insurgency in some parts of the country, road-users’ abuses like the uncontrollable excessive axle loads by trucks, unauthorised use of Federal Roads Right-of-Ways, and many other problems which are begging for solutions can be explored to create a pathway for prosperity.”

He said the theme for the meeting “was carefully chosen to address the complex issues of road infrastructure development in our dear country towards proffering tangible solutions, comfortable environment to sustain business and the effects of giving the people back what they actually deserve as citizens of our great nation.”

Fashola said the expectations of the public in the road sector is ever-increasing and over 90 per cent of passengers and freight movements in the country travel by road, adding “Our mandate in this meeting is to find new enduring possibilities on how to establish the link between infrastructure development and job creation, poverty alleviation, wealth creation and empowerment of the informal sector among others in ensuring that the 10 million jobs target per annun by Mr. President is attained.”

Source: Punchng

AfDB Approves $210m Power Transmission Projects for Nigeria

The Transmission Company of Nigeria announced on Thursday that the board of the African Development Bank has approved its $210m NTEP-1 projects.

The TCN said the transmission projects were approved in a board resolution on Wednesday in AfDB Headquarters, Abidjan.

The Nigeria Transmission Expansion Programme is one of the projects under the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme financed by the AfDB that is targeted at rehabilitating and expanding parts of the transmission grid in the North West, South South and the South East, according to a statement.

The TCN said the project would reconstruct old transmission lines and build new ones as well as construct new substations, contributing to further increase its transmission capacity.

The General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah, said even though the approval had just been given, the company had already concluded environmental studies and the report had been submitted to the AfDB.

She said the studies included a Resettlement Action Plan in which people that would be affected by the acquisition of the Right of Way for the proposed transmission lines were identified.

Source: Punchng

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