CDA Restates Commitment to Delivering World Class Buildings

The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) has said it will continue to ensure the delivery of world class public and private buildings, with exquisite interior and exterior ambiance expected for healthy living. Executive Secretary, FCDA Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin gave this assurance while declaring open a seminar organised in conjunction with Creative House recently in Abuja.

He said: “This exhibition is the authority’s modest contribution towards the promotion of optimum standards and international best practices in all aspects of the building industry. Much more, it serves as a forum where participants can offer innovative solutions and options to knotty interior challenges being faced in various building types.

The executive secretary, who was represented by the Director, Mass Housing Department, Engr. Emmanuel Oluwadamisi, called on all relevant departments and agencies to also carry out similar training so as to “add value, richness, little colour, painting and artwork,” hence the beauty of Abuja.

The Director, Department of Public Buildings, Anthony Odigie, while speaking earlier, said the seminar was the 30th in the series, adding that it transformed into an exhibition in 2016 and has continued to make improvement and innovations.

Chairman of the capacity building committee who doubles as deputy director, Public Buildings, Adebowale Olugbadebo Ademo, said the objective of the programme was to bequeath a capital city comparable to the best in the world.

Malikatu Umar Shuaibu

Architects Are To Design Functional Spaces – Registration Council Boss

The job of the architect, in a layman’s language, is to design and create spaces functional and aesthetically appealing from inception to completion and that can stand the test of time. This definition was given by the president, Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON), Arc. Dipo Ajayi, at the just concluded 2019 Architects Colloquium, held in Abuja.

He said ARCON now has a secured, fenced property and proposals have been submitted towards its first building and an insurance scheme is being established with First Bank while a registration and education committee has been inaugurated to ensure contribution to national development.

In his remarks, the registrar of ARCON, Arc. Umar Saulawa Murnai, said the theme for this year’s colloquium, ‘Architecture and National Development Agenda XII’ is apt and could not have come at a better time.

The Minister for Works, Power, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, represented by a director in the ministry, said architecture, which is an ancient profession that survived more than 3,000 years, is central to housing development, a basic human need.

He said increasing the number of registered architects in Nigeria was one way of combating and curbing activities of quacks within the built environment, a trend which, he said, contributes to the frequent cases of collapse of buildings in the country.

 

NBS Survey Shows Lagos Created 740, 146 Jobs in 12 Months

A total of 740, 146 jobs were added in Lagos State between July 2017 and June 2018, a survey of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as captured in its recently released report has revealed. The feat of job creation recorded by Lagos, as shown in the NBS’ report, is the highest in the country.

According to the report, only nine states were able to reduce unemployment and underemployment rates between the third quarter of 2017 and the corresponding quarter in 2018. The states include Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Ondo and Rivers, while six states also recorded the highest gains in net full-time employment between third quarter and second quarter of 2017 and 2018.

The said states are Lagos which added a total of 740,146 net full-time jobs; Rivers (235,438); Imo (197,147); Ondo (142,514); Enugu (122,333); and Kaduna (118,929). According to the National Bureau of Statistics, people often move from state to state seeking job opportunities.

This, it said, could create a false impression of the status of states at a particular time by reducing the unemployment figures in some states and increasing it in other states.

“States with a higher propensity for women to be housewives or stay home husbands or that have negative attitudes to working tend to have lower unemployment rates, as they are not considered part of the labour force in the first place.

These states tend to have a higher proportion of their economically active population outside the labour force thereby reducing the number looking for work and hence the number that can be unemployed,” the report read in part. Also, out of the five States with highest unemployed population, Lagos State recorded the lowest rate of 14.6 per cent during the period under reference.

Source: Dailytrust

 

We’ll Remove Illegal Structures at ECOWAS Estate – FCTA

The Federal Capital Territory  Administration (FCTA) Department of Development Control has said all illegal structures in ECOWAS Estate at Katampe extension would be demolished. City News gathered that residents of the estate had petitioned the FCT minister over illegal structures springing up in the estate.

The director, Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima, after inspecting the estate at the weekend, confirmed that he had personally come to see the situation, saying there was much work to be done and that all those claiming to have allocations for plots must produce them with proof.

On his part, the director, Building Inspectorate,  Abdullahi Umar, said the buildings were illegal and vowed that the departments were coming to demolish them very soon. “Those claims of plot approvals cannot be true. They are fake as we can recognise green areas,” he added.

He said the ECOWAS Estate at Diplomatic Zone, Katampe Extension, was originally built for ECOWAS staff on owner occupier basis because the environment was considered to be serene enough for elite settlement. The chairman of the estate, Mr. Dennis Eboreime, said if they kept quiet, the place would become a slum. He assured that the estate association would not allow illegal builders to constitute nuisance to residents.

By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Fire Incident: We’ve Restored Power Supply in Apo Substation – TCN

ABUJA: The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, announced late last night that it has restored normal power supply to its Apo transmission substation that was engulfed in fire incident Sunday afternoon. The fire outbreak engulfed the 132/33 kilovolts (kV) Apo transmission substation in Abuja being operated by the TCN. But the statement by the company said.

“TCN hereby states that it has restored normal power transmission through its Apo Transmission substation after a fire outbreak today at about 13:33hours, involving one of its 45MVA 132/33kV power transformers feeding AEDC’s 33kV feeders.

“The fire was put off by the combined efforts of the Federal, FCT and NNPC fire service. It is however still early for TCN to determine if the burnt transformer can be salvaged. The statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), TCN said that the fire resulted from a direct fault from one of Abuja Disco’s 33kV feeders which had a history of incessant trippings, the 33kV lacked protection.

Meanwhile, TCN is equally investigating possibility of transformer protection failure on its 45MVA power transformer. The 33kV feeder H13 circuit breaker and current transformer exploded while the 33kV outgoing transformer snapped causing the fire.

“TCN, however, noted that the Apo Transmission Substation has N-I redundancy and as such, power supply to all the areas that take supply from the substation through AEDC will not be affected by the incident. “This is because the maximum load taken by AEDC from the burnt 45MVA transformer was 26MW.

“Meanwhile maximum load AEDC takes from the old 100MVA in the substation is 56.5MW while maximum load from the second 100MVA power transformer installed last year is 30.8MW. Both, however, can take at full capacity, a total of 160MW against the 86.5MW. “Presently, TCN it is transmitting normal supply through the 2x100MVA 330/132kV and the second 45MVA 132/33kv power transformers in the substation.

“The company has equally loaded the 26MW from the burnt transformer into the 100MVA MBH transformer at the substation and is adequately supplying AEDC without load reduction. ”

It is also working with the Abuja Electricity Distribution company to ensure that it now takes the load formally taken from the burnt transformer through the MBH 100MVA transformer.

“The company apologised for inconveniences to electricity consumers in the affected areas and noted that the issue of protection equipment is one that must be taken very seriously so that the stability of the nation’s network is not compromised.”

Source: Vanguard

COREN President Donates 456 Uniforms, Sandals To Pupils In Kogi School

The President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr.  Kashim Ali, has donated new sets of school uniforms worth about N2 million to 456 pupils of LGEA primary school Ofugo, Ankpa LGA, Kogi State.

It would be recalled that Engr. Ali, at the sixth edition of Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) on March 30,  promised to buy new sets of uniforms for all the three schools in the LEA Ofugo primary school premises.

Ali, who did his primary education at the school, told newsmen after the donation at the school premises, that it was a promise fulfilled.

”You were here with us some weeks ago when we did the ‘invent it; build it’ program by APWEN in collaboration with NNPC, to honour me.

The President of COREN, flanked by some pupils

”Then, I noticed that the uniforms that most of the children wore that day were not particularly appealing, and in my estimation, I thought there is something we could do about it.

”So, I promised to give new set of uniform for all the children of the three schools in this premises, and today, it is a promise fulfilled.

”The uniforms are now ready and that is why we are here to distribute to them,” Ali said.

Ali added that one most important thing was that a vocational centre in Olamaboro that is a non-governmental institute was contracted to sew the uniforms.

According to him, it is an organisation that was created to help those who are not privileged to get something to do, because most of the people in that vocational centre are school dropouts.

He expressed joy that school dropouts were being encouraged to do something on their own, describing it a a form of empowerment.

”I am particularly happy that the uniform was not just sewed by regular tailor but by young people who were unfortunate to dropout of school, but now have something they could do.

”They can now create wealth for themselves and giving them the confidence needed to become somebody in life.

He added that his excitement was heightened and emotional seeing the pupils shouting for joy when the uniforms were being brought down from the vehicle.

”The children’s action meant so much to me because I did not realise that these uniforms mean so much to them.

”But now that I know, I am already thinking of other things that I can do for them in addition, not because I have so much, but I think we should encourage them.

”Now that the uniform issue is settled, we would have to look at the books also, whether they have enough textbooks and exercise books, and from there we take it one at a time.

”The uniforms were produced by a vocational centre and there was a lot of rebate; conservatively, the whole thing is less than N2 million.

”I am hoping that this would encourage other people to do the same to the schools they attended, so that we can help government to deliver quality education to our children.

”What is most important is the desire do something for a fraction, if you cannot do for a whole school,” Ali said.

Mr Felicia Agubata, the President of APWEN, said he was excited that the promise made was being fulfilled by ensuring that 456 pupils got new school uniforms donated by COREN President.

She advised individuals to ensure that they go back to their roots, saying, ”we must always remember where we started from and give back to our community; no amount is too small”.

She noted that the Science and Technology Laboratory, promised to be built and equipped by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and managed by APWEN would be built in the next six months.

In her remarks, Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, commended the COREN President for the gesture to give back to his community, and enjoined others to emulate him.

”We are talking about funding education in Nigeria, and this will not be possible except all groups give support, and this is part of it.

”So, the burden on government providing essential services including uniforms is lessing by three schools, and I am excited.

”Let everyone adopt a school; Kogi ministry of education has encouraged people to adopt a school, and Engr. Ali has adopted three schools; he is now a model for others to follow. I am so excited,” the commissioner said.

She further expressed her joy that the second part of the gesture was that of the connection with the vocational skills’ centres.

According to her, people have made vocational skills theoretical and abstract, that you could just go to a vocational school and rather than ‘invent it, build it’ like APWEN is talking about; we just go there and tell stories.

She explained that a group of 16 dropout youth committed themselves to learning how to sew and within six months they develop this skill, and they got the encouragement to make standard uniforms, restating that she was excited.

The commissioner added that the 456 uniforms were sewed under two weeks by the trainees of the Chateko Vocational Institute of Ladi Memorial Foundation in Olamaboro, while expressing her excitement with the standard of the uniforms.

”Some persons think when you dropped out of school, that is the end for you; there is nothing else for you to do rather than become area boys, political thugs or cultists.

”If you give support and funding to technical and vocational schools, those ones should become projects for them to be able to turn things around.

”We need to encourage more people to pay attention to vocational skills centres.

”We can actually develop our economy by paying attention to science, technical and vocational sector.

”I am excited that this is happening under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello; this is another great feat in Kogi education sector.

”Many thanks to APWEN for creating the platform to show case this,” the commissioner said.

Nasiru Suleiman,  the Head boy of one of the schools, on behalf of the pupils, thanked Engr. Kashim Ali, for putting laughter in their mouth.

In the same vein, one of the Head Teachers of the schools, Mrs Lydia Peter, on behalf other head teachers expressed their gratitude to Engr Ali and APWEN, while thanking the commissioner for the good work she is doing in Kogi education sector.

A pair of school sandals were also distributed to each of the ten girls from ten different primary schools, who are the awardees of ”Engr Kashim Ali Engineering Scholarships for Girls”, by NNPC from primary to university level.

Source: By Ameer Obansa

Nigeria, Saudi MoU on Oil, Gas Infrastructure Underway

The Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, has expressed the readiness of his country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria on oil and gas infrastructure.

Al-Falih communicated the blessings of the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and the Crown Prince, H.R.H. Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for the partnership investment while announcing their readiness to sign the MoU with the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, the early draft of the MoU that will solidify the new oil and gas development partnership between Nigeria and Saudi Africa will be ready in the first week of May, 2019.

The Saudi Minister made this known during a high level bilateral meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu on Wednesday in Riyadh.

He stated that his team will undertake the task of drafting an outline of the MOU in consonance with Nigeria and consequently move through the bureaucratic channels of getting the requisite approvals and endorsements.

The Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) governors for the two countries, Eng. Adeeb Y. Al-Aama (Saudi Arabia) and Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim (Nigeria) have already been nominated to fast track the process for official endorsements and signing.

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources made this disclosure in a statement on Friday.

According to the statement, “the agreement will in principle open the doors for Nigeria to benefit from Saudi Aramco’s recent aggressive oil sector investments across the globe.

Areas of interest will cover existing refinery revamp, building of a brand new refinery, LNG investments and product supply trading in crude and refined products.

H.E Khalid Al Falih also reiterated the possibility of establishing an independent refinery in Nigeria as the country considers Nigeria the best hub to reach other African countries.”

Nigeria and Saudi Arabia has over the decades enjoyed a robust bilateral relationship with the Nigerian delegation to the holy land pilgrimage among the highest globally amidst the common heritage of being abundantly blessed with oil and gas deposits.

Kachikwu expressed his expectation that the definite signing of the MoU will further cement the cordial relationship between both nations.

He stated that the visit to Saudi Arabia became necessary due to the common grounds between the two countries and the success of the country in the oil and gas sector.

Kachikwu said Nigeria aimed to leverage on the huge success of the Saudi government in the sector while name-checking Saudi Aramco’s turnover of over $200 billion in the last year.

He further applauded the cooperation between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, expressing excitement that the two leading persons for the MoU drafting are seasoned OPEC governors with the highest levels of competence.

Dr. Kachikwu who led a high powered delegation drawn from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Department of Petroleum Resources, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency and Petroleum Equalization Fund for an exploratory visit to the oil rich nation at the invitation of his Saudi counterpart, Al Falih, visited the Saudi Aramco Headquarters in Dhahran where his delegation was met by the President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, and the top management of the conglomerate.

The visit was aimed at crystallizing the ongoing discussions on collaborating with the Federal Government of Nigeria on investments in the oil and gas sector.

By John OFIKHENUA,

Brig.-Gen Ibrahim Named NYSC DG As Army Announce New Postings

ABUJA – The Nigerian Army has named Brig.-Gen. S. Ibrahim from Nigerian Army University Biu, as the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in a new posting released on Friday.

A statement releasing the redeployment and signed by Col. Sagir Musa, the army spokesman said Ibrahim takes over from Major.-Gen. S.Z. Kazaure.

Musa said Kazaure had been deployed the Nigerian Army Resource Centre as Senior Resource Person.

Under the posting, Brig.Gen. C.A. Bossman from Nigerian Army Archives was moved to Command Schools Services as Director, Command Schools Services, while Brig.-Gen. E. Angaye is appointed Acting Director Veterans Affairs Department (Army).

Musa said Brig.-Gen. B.A. Tsoho from Army Headquarters’ Department of Civil-Military Affairs had been moved to Nigerian Army Language Institute, as Commandant.

Others are Brig.-Gen. A.A. Goni from 82 Division Education to Army Headquarters Department of Civil-Military Affairs as Director Information and Brig.-Gen. F.C. Onyeari from Headquarters Nigerian Army Supply and Transport to Defence Headquarters as Acting Director Catering.

Musa said Brig.-Gen. S.S. Ibrahim is now Registrar Nigerian Army University Biu, adding that the postings were with immediate effect.

By: Kelvin Okereafor

NCRIB Tasks FG on Building Laws Implementation

The Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB), has urged the Federal Government to be more proactive in handling issues relating to building collapse. Making the appeal recently during a press briefing at its Lagos Headquarters, the President of the Council, Mr. Shola Tinubu, said the brokers are touched by the avalanche of building collapse in the country.

 According to him, “In the light of recent building collapse in Lagos and Oyo State as well as other similar disasters, the NCRIB is quite touched. It is our belief that the unfortunate incidences are actually accentuated greatly by the lax of regulatory enforcement in the construction environment. To combat this, Government needs to be more proactive in implementing building laws.

“We have continually engaged stakeholders in the built environment and related institutions to elicit their input for a long lasting solution to the malaise. While the Council commiserates with the victims of the building collapse, we like to use this opportunity again to call on government to give more impetus to the implementation of the enforcement of compulsory building insurance as enshrined in Section 64 and Section 65 of Insurance Act 2003. Similarly, Nigerians are also advised to, on their own, insure their personal assets in order to mitigate their losses when and if losses of this dimension occurs. 

Every individual should ideally live up to his responsibility of care by protecting whatever is valuable to him or her, both life and property. Our slogan has been :”Whatever is worth having, is worth insuring, “he said.

On the efforts to increase insurance penetration in the country, Tinubu said, “The Council is quite aware of the desire of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) to drive insurance penetration in the country.

This is commendable. While the entire industry operators are saddled with the task to make this vision come to pass, the NCRIB would soon be redoubling its efforts by making inputs into the initiative. We like to use this opportunity to appreciate NAICOM for its favourable disposition towards growing the industry and assure that our Council will continue to complement the Commission in this regards”.

The President said that, in order to enhance cross fertilization of ideas and exchange professional knowledge across international borders, it is most heartwarming that the Council’s delegation would be attending the 2019 British Insurance Brokers Association’s Conference in Manchester City, United Kingdom. 

“The Conference which promises to be resourceful is themed “Leading the Way” and holds May 15-16, 2019. Aside meeting new faces and learning new things through the conference, the NCRIB delegation would also have the benefit of interacting with a team of professionals two leading insurance institutions in the UK, namely: Aon and Lloyds Underwriters, who have consented to train the Nigerian delegation on strategic areas of practice while in the UK.

“In a similar vein, the Council has commenced the sensitization of Members on the need to attend the 46th Conference and Annual General Assembly of the African Insurance Organisation which will take place from the 9th to 12th of June, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Conference is organised by the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA), under the chairmanship of Thokozile Mahlangu, Chief Executive Officer of IISA.

By Maduka Nweke 

Building Collapse: Association Tasks Members on Quality Plumbing Service Delivery

In a bid to stem the recurrence of building collapse, the Lagos State Association of Professional Plumbers has tasked its members to contribute their quota through quality service delivery. The Chairman of the association, Mr Adeshina Ogunkoya, made the call on Thursday at the 29th Plumbers’ Day Anniversary in Lagos. Ogunkoya said the plumbers could contribute their quota by pressure testing all pipes installed in a house before the walls are tiled, saying the essence was to determine the capacity of the pipes to allow for the free flow of water.

According to him, leakages in the pipes used in plumbing works of a building remained a major factor that can result to collapse of the building. He said that most plumbers who rendered substandard works were not registered and certified plumbers, saying that all plumbers practising in the state should identify with the association and be certified to operate.

“Quality plumbing service delivery is key to ensuring the stability of a building. Poor and illegal plumbing works can weaken the structural stability of a building, which can lead to collapse. “If plumbers pressure-test and ascertain the capability of pipes to carry water, all forms of leakages that can lead to collapse will be prevented.

“Unfortunately, some developers prefer to use the roadside plumbers because of their cheap services,’’ Ogunkoya said. He urged developers and prospective homeowners to ensure they engage services of certified plumbers for efficient service delivery to curb the incidence of building collapse. Mr Mumuni Badmus, Managing Director, Lagos Water Corporation, called for partnership between the association and the corporation to pave way for the creation of more business opportunities.

Badmus said the collaboration was necessary to enable identification of certified and competent plumbers that could be recommended to homeowners. According to him, the activities of quack plumbers pose a great challenge to the operation of the qualified ones and there is the need to flush out quacks in the built environment. “Quacks have taken advantage of the pervasive ignorance of the populace about the profession to corner jobs meant for trained and certified artisans “The plumbers must in one accord rise up against quackery to save the profession.

“There are lots of business opportunities the partnership can bring to the plumbers. Many plumbing contracts can be awarded to the association through the partnership. “I believe this is the beginning of our collaboration, which is going to be a long lasting one,’’ Badmus said. He also called for the training and retraining of the plumbers to enhance their competence and capabilities in the profession.

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