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Buhari reshuffles federal permanent secretaries, accounting officers

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday reshuffled some Permanent Secretaries and accounting officers in the Federal service following the restructuring /creation of new ministries by the Federal Government.

Recall that President Buhari on Wednesday during the swearing-in of new ministers announced the creation of five new ministries.

The new ministries are Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Police Affairs, Special Duties and International Affairs; Aviation; and Power.

According to a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by Olawunmi Ogunmosunle, Director, Communication, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, the circular authorising the reshuffle was signed by Winifred Oyo-Ita.

The statement reads in part, “Further to the creation of new ministries and restructuring of some ministries by President Muhammadu Buhari, the following officers will perform the following functions of accounting officer/permanent secretary.

“The personnel are Daudu Narai – Permanent secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, Louis Edozien – Permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Mbaeri Nnamdi – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Police Affairs, Dr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse – Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance.

“Dr Muhammed Dikwa – Permanent Secretary, Finance (Special Duties), Mr Ernest Umakhire – Permanent Secretary, Finance (Budget and National Planning), Mrs Anagbogu Nkiruka – permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Alh Sabiu Zakari – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport.

“Dr Mohammed Bukar – Permanent Secretary Works and Housing, Hassan Musa – Ministry of Aviation, Director (Air Transport Management) to oversee office of the permanent secretary.

“Anetu-Anne Ajiu, Director, Social Welfare, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs (Director, Social Welfare) to oversee office of the permanent secretary.”

According to Oyo-Ita, the arrangement takes immediate effect and remains in force until further notice.

Mobile housing decreasing across state, Gallatin County

Mobile homes, while more affordable, are disappearing across the state. In their place, subdivisions are moving in.

According to tax records and the Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office, mobile home parks have been seeing a steady decline for nearly eight years, even before that. And it’s an issue that isn’t just felt here.

“Losing that affordable housing stock is pretty devastating,” says Shari Eslinger, housing director for the Bozeman HRDC. “When being able to afford a place to live becomes a problem, mobile home parks are a more affordable option.”

But when those start vanishing, there’s a new problem.

“It’s very challenging for those current residents and folks trying to help,” Eslinger says.

That’s where the Bozeman HRDC usually steps in to help, a growing challenge.

“We have seen a decline in mobile home and trailer parks,” Eslinger says. “Usually, that land is being sold for other residential development or commercial development right now.”

Eslinger adds the jury is out as to why.

“Trailers have a short lifespan and so sustainable affordable housing, moving forward, they might be looking at the sustainability,” Eslinger says. “They might be looking at cost of infrastructure.”

According to the Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office, declines in neighborhoods like this one have been going on for some time.

It’s not new news.

Since 2011, they’ve been seeing a drop and even before that.

From 2011 up until this year, 167 residents had to be evicted from their homes due to subdivisions moving in.

This has happened before.

In 2006, 92 residents were evicted from Bridger View Trailer Court north of town for a subdivision project.

And a year later, again, the same number in a mobile home park in Four Corners.

“That’s a large number,” Eslinger says. “It’s something that we can’t eat.”

Many are given about 180 days to relocate.

But with a waiting list 12 to 18 months long in most cases, Eslinger says that’s a whole other task.

One that the HRDC and others are trying to find a solution for.

“We’re ensuring that it’s something that they can sustain, moving forward,” Eslinger says.

Eslinger says the HRDC is a good resource for those feeling the weight of this growing trend.

You can schedule an appointment with a housing counselor to get help there.

By: Cody Boyer

World Bank

We’ve spent $11bn in Nigeria- World Bank

The World Bank has declared that it has so far spent around $11billion over the years on projects across the country.

Country Director of the World Bank in Nigeria Mr Rachid Benmessaoudade made this disclosure in Abuja on Thursday at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Portfolio Performance Award.

He said the projects which this huge sum of money was spent on over the years are targeted at alleviating poverty and improving the lives of Nigerians.

He described the World Bank’s financial commitment in Nigeria as being among the largest in the entire Africa continent with over 30 operational projects.

The projects he said are spread across health, education, agriculture, social protection, energy, infrastructure, governance among others, in all 36 states of Nigeria, and the FCT.

He said that 60 percent of the bank’s programmes were implemented at the state level and another 40 percent at the Federal level

Benmessaoudade also revealed that the bank was working on a new country partnership framework “that would outline the new reform challenges that the government faces and how it could support it in implementing solutions to the challenges.”

According to him, “the country partnership strategy is always anchored on the economic reform plan of the government and in this case we have used the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which is the medium-term programme of the government on which we are anchoring our country partnership framework.”

He said the bank feels that “the world bank can play a catalytic role in creating a conducive environment for private sector to finance infrastructure so that we can create the fiscal space for the government to put more money in human capital and in social spending.”

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Dr. Mahmud Isa-Dutse, assured the World Bank of the ministry’s commitment to build an enabling environment to manage its portfolio in Nigeria and assist the bank deliver on all its projects implementation.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said “one of the things I found upon taking office about four years ago was that most governors do not know what is going on as far as world bank-financed projects are concerned. Often you find large amounts of money sitting idle that can be used for the benefit of the state that the governors are not aware of. The more the states carry out their projects, the more impact they will have on social sectors because most of the projects financed by the world bank are targeted at social sectors like education, health care, nutrition and so on.”

El-Rufai said that the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF) was currently more aware of the bank’s projects because of the bank’s constant briefings, but that some governors engaged more than others as some were hands-on while some were a bit disconnected.

Source: thenationonlineng

Accommodate Kidnappers and Risk Demolition – Ogun Gov Warns Landlords

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Monday ordered the arrest of any landlord whose building is used as hideouts by kidnappers.

Abiodun also gave an order that the buildings so used must be demolished, while the land must be confiscated.
The governor said this while briefing newsmen on Monday after a security meeting held with the state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama; and the state’s Director of Department of State Services, David Tuska, at Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Abiodun, while speaking on the state of kidnapping in the state, lamented the recent three cases of 11 people on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Sagamu-Ore-Benin Expressway respectively.

The governor said it was resolved at the security meeting that any landlord whose house is used for the heinous act would be arrested and prosecuted, while the building will be demolished and the land ceded to government.

He also said that he has given an order that 25 meters on each side of the road between Sagamu and Ore be cleared.

According to him, the bush clearing would stop kidnappers from jumping from the forest to the road to kidnap travellers.

Source: punchng

Engineers Canvass Use of Expanded Polystyrene Construction Method

To improve structural integrity of buildings, the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE), Lagos Chapter, has urged professionals in the industry to utilise the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) construction method for durability of buildings and increasing the process of housing delivery.EPS is an innovative building material that lends to the design and structural integrity of many building projects. Overtime, EPS has been recognised as a mainstream insulation material.

However, recently new applications have rapidly developed making the innovation a powerful design element and an ideal choice for green building design, offering tangible environmental advantages that can maximize energy efficiency, providing improved indoor environmental quality and enhancing durability.

The chapter chairman, Mrs. Lola Adetona, stated this during the Institution’s industrial visit to Monumental Works Limited in Lagos. Adetona maintained that the visit was to enhance the skills and capacities of the engineers, through acquaintance with the latest trends of construction methodologies.

According to her, the use of EPS, which was introduced in the construction industry in Nigeria about three years ago, has been relatively low.She said: “We recommend the new EPS construction method because of its adaptation to the country’s climatic environment and adoption in most developed and developing countries.

“The institution has deemed it fit that civil engineers should acquaint themselves with it as an alternative to the sand and cement blocks. We need to change the old construction method and embrace the latest construction technique using the EPS, which is world best practice in housing construction”.

On his part, the company’s Managing Director, Olufemi Ogundare, said that the EPS, could be used to build more affordable houses at lower cost and reduce housing deficit in the country.According to him, the innovation could save over 60 per cent of the cost of construction, compared to sand and cement blocks. He disclosed that EPS has speedy execution such that construction of buildings can be completed within seven days.

He said, “The material can be deployed in every housing development and environment, particularly earthquake-prone areas. It is strong and gives more security; unlike the sand and cement blocks, which can easily be pierced by bullet. Its lightweight, meaning that it does not exert heavy pressure on the foundation that may cause a collapse.

Major applications of EPS include, insulated panel systems for use in floors, walls and roofs of domestic as well as commercial buildings. EPS is also well proven in civil engineering applications where its inherent strength means it can support structures such as roadways and railways with complete ease.

Source:  guardianng

Report Substandard Construction, BCPG tells Lagos Residents

The President, Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Mr Akinola George, has appealed to Lagos residents to report substandard building constructions to regulatory agencies.

George said such report should be made to the Lagos State Building Control Agency for appropriate action.

He said the report could also be made to the BCPG, saying that the guild was collaborating with LASBCA to find lasting solutions to construction failures.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, he said it had become important for residents never to ignore substandard constructions or misconducts noticed in their neighbourhoods.

“If you suspect there is an issue in a building which you can’t see, contact an expert to come around to inspect the property. The motive is to avert building collapse, save lives and the environment. Residents have vital roles to play in curbing building collapse; they are in a better position to detect early illegal and substandard constructions,” he said.

He added that it was sad that some residents failed to report illegal or substandard constructions which they noticed.

George said that such an attitude was not in the interest of the society.

He claimed that many developers had decided to construct buildings at night, weekends and public holidays when regulatory authorities might not be watching.

He added that unauthorised and hasty constructions could cause construction failure.

He said, “LASBCA and other building regulatory authorities alone cannot properly monitor to detect when buildings are defective or when illegal constructions are going on without the support of residents.

“It is the residents that are in a better position to detect substandard constructions within their areas, irrespective of the time they are carried out. A substandard building is not just a house that is old or outdated. It is a building that constitutes a high risk to the health and physical well-being of its occupants, neighbours and visitors.”

George said substandard building conditions most frequently included holes, cracks, peeling paint, leaking roofs and broken basic systems.

Source: punchng

COREN Begins Enforcement of New Law on Building Collapse

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has said it will soon commence the enforcement of a new act that empowers the body to end the increasing rate of building collapse in the country.

The President of COREN, Engr. Ali Alimasuya Rabiu, disclosed this recently in Auchi, Kogi State, at the second annual “Engineer Kashim Ali Distinguished Lecture Series” titled: “Agricultural Mechanisation and Food Production for Youth Empowerment: Engineering Sustainable Development.”

Daily Trust reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in the year assented to the Engineers Registration Amendment Act (2019) to address the menace of building collapse and other cases of engineering failure in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, who had announced the new law, said the act also established COREN; with far-reaching powers of prosecution of infraction, regulating industrial training of engineers and capacity building of local content in the engineering industry.

The new law grants COREN the power to prosecute “any person or firm that contravenes the provisions of this act in a court of competent jurisdiction; regulate industrial training schemes among engineering practitioners and students,’’ Enang said.

Reports shows that over 30 people have so far died while over 80 sustained injuries from more than a dozen building collapse incidents across the country since January, 2019, with one of the latest incidents being the collapse of a two-storey building at 30 Ososa Street, Bariga, Lagos, that left four persons injured.

Buildings have continued to collapse despite measures by both the federal and state governments over the years to check the ugly trend. Speaking on the act, Engr. Rabiu said COREN had recorded many successes due to the instrumentality of the new law.

He said, “We are worried about building collapse in the country, but government has given us a new law that empowers us to create more departments for engineering regulation and monitoring.

This will give us a leeway to be more effective in monitoring engineering projects. “99 pe rcent of investigation we have carried out on building collapse in the country shows that our engineers were not involved; that is the truth of the matter.” The COREN chief said to stem the tide of building collapse, the law had empowered the council to prosecute those who were responsible: whether engineers or not, adding that before now, the law only empowered them to prosecute engineers who were on COREN’s register as members.

He said lack of government patronising Nigerian engineers and their products as identified by speakers during the lecture had been a challenge to the development of the engineering profession in Nigeria. “Nigerian engineers are good outside the shores of the country due to enabling environment. If our engineers are given the enabling environment, they will proffer solutions to our challenges,” Rabiu said, and added that, “Nigerian engineers are up to the task if allowed to prove their mettle.”

Source:  Dailytrust

BREAKING: Flood Sweeps Away FCT High Court Finance Director

A heavy flood has swept away the Director of Finance, Federal Capital Territory High Court, Mr. Tony Okecheme.
Okecheme was on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in his official 2017 Toyota Camry when his car got stuck in the flood at Galadimawa roundabout, Abuja.

The finance director was swept away by the raging flood, but his driver, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, was rescued by some young boys in the area.

The driver was said to have been taken to Asokoro hospital, but his boss was yet to be located as of the time of filing this report.
Eyewitnesses said the National Emergency Management Agency officials who came to the scene failed to rescue Okecheme and his driver who were reportedly trapped in the flood for about an hour before the water swept away the director.
His car, which was filled with mud water, was, however, pulled out of the ravines by the rescuers, who were angry over NEMA’s failure to rescue the man.

Two young girls who claimed to be Okecheme’s children were seen weeping uncontrollably at the scene of the incident.
An FCT judiciary worker, who did not give his name, identified the car as belonging to Okecheme, noting that the man sent him N40,000 this (Friday) morning.

“I phoned him yesterday that I was broke and he promised to send me money before he travels today.
“I got N40,000 from him this morning,” he explained, as he showed our Correspondent the text message from the director.

The FCT Police spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, promised to find out the incident, saying he had not been briefed.

Source: punchng

FULL LIST of Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen of 69 Senate Committees

Chairmen and Vice chairmen of the 69 Senate committees as announced by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

1. Agriculture – Abdullahi Adamu, Bima Enagi.

2. Airforce – Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Michael Nnachi.

3. Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes – Suleiman Kwari, Aliyu Wamakko

. 4. Appropriation – Barau Jibrin, Stella Oduah.

5. Army – Ali Ndume, Abba Moro.

6. Aviation – Dino Melaye, Bala Na’Allah.

7. Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions – Uba Sani, Orji Uzor Kalu.

8. Capital Market – Ibikunle Amosun, Binos Yero 9. Communications – Oluremi Tinubu, Ibrahim Bomai.

10. Corporation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD – Chimaroke Nnamani, Yusuf Yusuf.

11. Culture and Tourism – Rochas Okorocha, Ignatius Longjohn.

12. Customs, Excise and Tarrifs – Francis Alimekhena, Francis Fardausi.

13. Defence – Aliyu Wamakko, Istifanus Gyang.

14. Diaspora and NGOs – Bashiru Ajibola, Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

15. Downstream Petroleum Sector – Sabo Mohammed, Philip Aduda.

16.Drugs and Narcotics – Hezekaiah Dimka, Chimaroke Nnamani.

17. Ecology Climate Change – Mohammad Gusau, Olubunmi Adetunmbi.

18. Education (Basic and Secondary) – Ibrahim Geidam, Akon Eyakenyi

19. Employment, Labour and Productivity – Ben Umajumogwu, Kabiru Barkiya.

20. Environment – Ike Ekweremadu, Ibrahim Hadejia.

21. Establishment and Public Service – Ibrahim Shekarau, Barinadas Mpigi.

22. Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions – Patrick Akinyelure, Ahmed Babba-Kaita.

23. FCT – Abubakar Kyari, Tolu Odebiyi.

24.Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs – Danjuma Laah, Yahaya Gumau.

25. FERMA – Gershom Bassey, Kabir Barkiya.

26. Finance – Adeola Olamilekan, Isa Jibrin.

27. Foreign Affairs – Mohammed Bulkachuwa, Ignatius Longjohn. 28. Gas Resources – James Manager, Biobaraku Wangagra.

29. Health (Secondary and Tertiary) – Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Betty Apiafi.

30. Housing – Sam Egwu, Lola Ashiru.

31. ICT and Cybercrime – Yakubu Useni, Abdulfatai Buhari.

32. INEC – Kabiru Gaya, Sahabi Ya’u. 33. Industries – Adebayo Osinowo.

34. Information and National Communication – Danladi Sankara, Aishatu Ahmed.

35. Interior -Kashim Shettima, Diri Douye. 36. Interparliamentary Affairs – Godiya Akwashiki, Abba Moro.

37. Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters – Michael Bamidele, Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

38. Land Transport – Abdulfatai Buhari, Nicholas Tofowomo.

39. Legislative Compliance – Oriolowo Adeyemi, Sabi Abdullahi.

40. Local Content – Teslim Folarin, Sabi Abdullahi.

41. Local and Foreign Debts – Clifford Ordia, Bima Enagi.

42. Marine Transport – Danjuma Goje, Adebayo Osinowo.

43. Media and Public Affairs – Adedayo Adeyeye, Akwashiki Godiya.

44. National Identity and National Population – Sa’idu Alkali, Suleiman Kwari.

45. National Planning – Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

46. National Security and Intelligence – Abdullahi Gobir, Chukwuka Utazi.

47. Navy – George Sekibo, Elisha Abbo.

48. Niger Delta – Peter Nwabaoshi, Bulus Amos.

49. Petroleum Upstream – Albert Akpan, Ifeanyi Ubah.

50. Police affairs – Dauda Jika, Abubakar Tambuwal.

51. Poverty Alleviation and Social Investment Program – Lawal Gumau, Michael Nnachi.

52. Power -Gabriel Suswam, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

53. Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases – Chuwkuka Utazi, Sadiq Umar.

54. Privatisation – Theodore Orji, Oriolowo Adeyemi.

55. Public Accounts – Mathew Urghohide, Ibrahim Hassan.

56. Public Procurement – Shuaibu Lau, Lola Ashiru.

57. Rules and business – Sadiq Umar, Yahaya Abdullahi.

58. Science and Technology – Uche Ekwunife, Robert Boroffice.

59. Senate Services – Sani Musa, Lawal Hassan.

60. Solid Minerals, Mine, Steel Development and Metallurgy – Tanko Almakura, Oriolowo Adeyeye.

61. Sports and Social Development – Joseph Garba 62. State and Local Government – Lekan Mustapha, Francis Onyewuchi.

63. Special duties – Yusuf Yusuf, Biobaraku Wangagra.

64. SDGs – Aisha Dahiru, Lekan Mustapha

65. Tertiary Institution and TETFUND – Ahmed Baba Kaita, Sandy Onor.

66. Trade and Investment – Rose Oko Francis Fadahunsi.

67. Water Resources – Bello Mandiya, Christopher Ekpeyong.

68. Women Affairs and Youth Development – Betty Apiafi, Aishatu Dahiru. 69. Works – Adamu Aliero, Emmanuel Bwacha.

Source: dailytrust

Three Siblings, Landlord, others Escape Death in Lagos Collapsed Building

Three siblings, Taiwo, Kehinde and Idowu Yakubu, escaped death by a whisker when a two-storey building collapsed at No. 30 Osasa Avenue, Bariga, Lagos, on Sunday.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the 10-year-old twins, Taiwo and Kehinde, and their seven-year-old brother, Idowu, were playing the Ludo game with their friend on the balcony of the building, when it partially collapsed around 9.30pm.

The siblings, who fell from the second floor of the building, were rescued from the rubble, while about 30 other tenants were displaced.

It was gathered that the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Fire Service, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Lagos State Ambulance Service and the Nigeria Red Cross were on the ground to coordinate the rescue operation.

While some residents claimed that the collapse was as a result of vibration from the earthmover used for road construction, which had weakened the foundation of the building, others maintained that it was as a result of the weak state of the house.

A resident of the area, Collins Akuebuka, said, “When the incident happened, I was one of the first set of people to arrive at the scene. We rescued three children. Other tenants were not injured, but the landlord had been sick before the incident and he was immediately rushed to the general hospital.

“We realised that the pillars supporting the structure were weak; the pillar of the part of the building that collapsed was removed and it had not been replaced. The children were playing on the balcony in the affected area and that was why they were injured.

“I am sure the building must have shown signs of distress before it eventually collapsed but the landlord decided to ignore it. We implore the government to come and assess houses in the area and do the needful by addressing the issue of incessant building collapse.”

Another resident, Folake Williams, said if the government did not intervene speedily, more houses in the area would collapse.

She stated, “The vibration from the earthmoving equipment used in the ongoing road construction is weakening the foundation of many houses in this area. It has also obstructed the free flow of water such that the houses now experience flooding; if the government does not intervene speedily, other houses may be affected.”

The father of the siblings, Oluwagbemiga, said he had to take his children to a private hospital nearby after they were allegedly rejected by the Gbagada General Hospital.

He called on the government to come to his aid as his family was stranded.

Oluwagbemiga said, “I live on the second floor of the building with my family and I have three children. On Sunday night, I met my wife’s absence when I returned from work and the children were in the room. When there was power outage, I told them to go and play on the balcony.

“They were playing Ludo game when the portion of the building they were on collapsed and they fell from the second floor. It was the neighbours and the government agencies that helped me to bring them out of the rubble.

“We immediately rushed them to the Gbagada General Hospital, but they said there was no space; so, we had to bring them back to a nearby hospital, where they are currently receiving treatment. The government should please help us, because we are now stranded. The building has been barricaded.”

The Public Relations Officer, LASEMA, Mr Kehinde Adebayo, said the agency got a distress call through the emergency toll-free line, adding that four children were rescued.

He said, “The agency got the distress call around 9.30pm through the emergency toll-free line, 767/112, on Sunday, July 29, 2019. On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a two-storey building had partially collapsed, injuring four children, two girls (twins) and a boy of the same parents, and another boy suffered bruises.

“Further investigation revealed that the building had some cracks on the section that collapsed. The landlord, Pa Ayilara, who initially refused all entreaties to be moved out, was later taken to the Gbagada General Hospital for treatment. The building was cordoned off after all the residents had been evacuated by the emergency responders.”

When the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Titilayo Ajirotutu, was contacted, she said an integrity test would be conducted on the building to determine if it would be demolished.

She stated, “It was a partial collapse but we have cordoned off the area and there are no casualties. A non-destructive integrity test will be conducted and once the result is out, it will determine if the house will be demolished or repaired.

“Buildings in that area are old and we have asked all the house owners in the Osasa and Odunsin areas of Bariga to go for the non-destructive integrity test to check the state of the buildings, which they have not done.”

Source: punchng

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