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Delta state: Asaba Airport installs Instrument Landing System

The Delta state government says it has successfully installed Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the Asaba Airport as part of efforts to upgrade it to an international airport.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Asaba, the state’s capital.

Aniagwu said that with the successful installation of the ILS, bad weather would no longer affect aircrafts flying into and out of the airport.

He said that as soon as the ongoing installation of the Air Field Lighting systems were completed, the airport would be able to operate at night without hitches in line with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) standards.

According to him, Asaba airport has the capacity to become a major hub for local and international flight operations in the country.

He called on the relevant regulatory authorities to give the necessary approvals for the operation of Boeing 777 and other bigger airplanes in and out of the airport.

He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his commitment towards upgrading the airport and making it an aviation hub in the region.

Source: von

Kaduna Residents in Flood Prone Areas Urged to Relocate

Kaduna State Ministry of Environment has called on residents living close to river Kaduna and other flood-prone areas to temporarily relocate to safer areas.

Ibrahim Husseini,  the Commissioner for Environment, made the call in Kaduna on Saturday.

He said Nigerian Meteorological Agency and National Emergency Management Agency had predicted that Kaduna and other states of the federation might experience flooding as water levels in River Niger and Benue continued to rise, since July.

The commissioner said an NGO, Christain Aid (CAID), had distributed posters and flyers to communities prone to flood.

“Flood guages have been installed in Unguwar Rimi, Bashama Road in Tudun Wada and Ungwar Rimi to aid local knowledge, monitoring/forecasting dissemination of information and immediate action in respective communities.,” he said.

He advised residents to desist from dumping refuse and waste in waterways and drainages to avert flooding.

Hussaini called on residents to imbibe the habit of clearing gutters and drainages in their communities to guard against floods.

He advised communities to cooperate with all relevant government agencies in case of any flooding incident.

(NAN)

Efab Lokogoma flood: Residents blame FCTA, estate developer

Some property owners in Efab Estate, Lokogoma District of the FCT, Abuja, have accused officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of conniving with the developer of the estate to fraudulently sell houses to them.

The Efab Estate in Lokogoma recently came to limelight after series of flooding led to the destruction of houses and valuables, including the death of a teenager.

While some affected property owners have resorted to squatting with relatives, others have vacated the estate to press on the developer and the FCTA for compensation. The FCTA recently asked residents of Lokogoma District whose buildings are along waterways to vacate the areas, saying the buildings were the cause of perennial flooding in the area.

The administration said most of the buildings were built without approval and that the owners were given allocations by it (FCTA) on where to build, but that they left the original allocations and built on waterways.

In Efab Estate, those affected by the persistent flooding may lose their property to the imminent demolition by the development control department of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), criticised the FCT authorities for doing nothing when the houses were being built by the developer.

The victims said they were not comfortable with the plan by the FCTA to demolish the structures before compensating them. In the Efab Estate, most of the houses near the major waterway get flooded whenever it rains.

At least three major floods occurred between June 6, 26 and July 25, 2019, which led to destruction of property worth millions of naira and the death of a 17-year-old boy. It was observed that a narrow stream within the estate that is not properly channeled and usually fills up whenever it rains thereby flooding houses along the waterway and environs.

One of the affected residents, Hameed Abdul, said he bought and moved into his apartment in the estate in 2010, but that in August, 2011, the first major flood occurred in the area. Abdul said, “It flooded my house and fell the fence and did a lot of damage.

 

Thank God, a friend who lived in my boys’ quarters travelled just a day earlier because the major debris fell directly on his bed in the early hours of the morning.” Since then, he said, the estate always witnessed flooding two to three times yearly. Abdul further said, “We had a gentleman agreement with Chief Fabian Nwora, the Chairman of Efab Properties, that they would relocate us. Secondly, that they would compensate us for the losses; even if not completely. We warned him (the developer) that if they didn’t build a canal here the flooding would continue. That wasn’t done, they only temporarily excavated the sand out of the stream.

They did that for about two to three years.” Explaining further, he said the developer did not execute the agreement it reached with the residents’ association. He said after the June 26 incident, the residents’ association met with the developer and the FCTA and that the FCTA concluded that the owners did not have approval for the buildings. “We told him (Efab Properties) at the meeting that we have reasons to believe that he fraudulently sold us houses.

“Efab told us that he had all his approvals from FCDA, Development Control and Mass Housing and that it was not his fault so he was not going to compensate us. “We have been accusing government for not doing their job of properly supervising these people (the developers).

From the words of the developer, it absolutely shows there is a rumoured corruption in the FCTA because these developers always flash the numbers of high people in government; telling you that they are talking to them, so as to intimidate you,” he said. “We have over 40 estates in Lokogoma, and today the administration is saying that all the estates were built without approval.

We ask, how is that possible? Where were these agencies and what were they doing when these houses were being built?” The Chairman of Residents’ Association Efab Estate, Lokogoma, Mr. Bill Obot, said a meeting of the larger Lokogoma with the FCTA permanent secretary was held after the June flooding and that agreements were reached. Mr. Obot said “One, they will expand the channel. Two, demolition and then compensation. “Any civilised nation will be talking about taking care of the individuals involved first.” He said demolition of the houses was not the solution to the perennial flooding in the area.

“There are other engineering solutions which can be used to solve this problem. Government should look at channeling water in the estate properly,” he added. The Chairman of the Efab Lokogoma Landlords’ Forum, Alhaji Shettima Gana, said more than 38 houses were affected by the July 25, flooding.

One of the residents, Ikechukwu Anthony, said the recent flood was more intense than the one that occurred in June. Anthony said, “I saw a freezer being washed away like a bucket, gates were entirely removed, fences caved in easily and some property were removed from the houses by the water.

It was massive, I have never seen anything like that in my life.” An eyewitness during the flooding which occurred on Thursday, July 25, Comfort Olaniyan, said more than seven three-bedroom bungalows were submerged. Another resident who simply identified himself as Victor said some academic certificates were submerged in the water that flooded the self-contain boys’ quarters’ apartment he resided in on Second Avenue in the estate. When contacted, the Chairman of Efab Properties, Chief Fabian Nwora, said he was not bothered by complaints by the affected residents for compensation. Chief Nwora said, “Let them complain and put it in CNN, I don’t want to know.

That is not my business; don’t bother me with that story.” When asked further about the position of the developer concerning compensation of the affected off-takers, he said the flood was a natural disaster and that there was nothing he could do about it. “Flooding is all over the world, even the FCT airport was flooded,” he said, adding that whatever would be done in the estate was the responsibility of the FCDA.

The Director, Development Control, Muktar Galadima, said the position of the authority was that it would compensate those affected by the flood whose property were built in line with what was approved. Galadima said, “What we are saying is that if you have approval, present it to us.

Our officers will go and value it (property) and then we will look at that approval; whether you built in line with what we approved. He said compensation was based on valid title document, valid building plan approval and whether the development was based on what was approved. He added that those whose buildings fell against this criteria were unfortunate and would not be compensated.

Source: dailytrust

Sanwo-Olu Announces Plan to Demolish Structures Along Pipeline

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday announced plans by his administration to demolish illegal structures sited along pipeline in Ijegun area of the State.

He disclosed this while briefing pressmen after the monthly security meeting held at the State House, Alausa, Ikeja.

The meeting was attended by security chiefs in the state.

According to the governor, security reports showed that the structures in Ijegun had continued to aid vandals in destruction of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, pipeline within the state, saying that the plan was arrived at after series of investigations to uncover reasons for the upsurge in pipeline vandalism in the state were conducted.

In his words: “During the meeting, we discussed the incident around pipeline vandalism which brought us down last month. We have resolved among ourselves that we will stop at nothing, including engaging the communities where these facilities are, to give our people assurance.

“And part of the things that will happen, it will be unlikely that some property will have to be removed in some locations because we have done aerial surveillance and we discovered that some property were used for bunkering and as store houses for jerry cans.

“The government is coming to remove those structures and destroy those facilities. In their own interest, they should start removing them before we come. We have mapped out the layout of the places where the property are. And we have decided to collaborate with NSCDC and NNPC to achieve the desired goal.”

The governor also said patrol within the state would be intensified and that 24 hours patrol on waterways would be scaled up to sustain the anti-kidnapping achievements recorded in Lagos.

“I want to assure residents that all the security agencies are geared up to ensure that the security of life and property is maintained.”

Source: pmnewsnigeria

 

Canada Is Set For A Big Drop In Home Prices, According To New Reports

Bloomberg Economics has released data suggesting that the Canada housing bubble will eventually pop, leading to a big drop in home prices. Along with New Zealand, Canada is highly susceptible to a housing price correction in the near, but unknown future. This is due to the high price-income ratio and abnormal price-rent ratios having been a hard reality for some time now.

Policymakers may already be considering changes after the Government of Canada finally introduced a tax on foreign buyers. Foreign investors have proven to stand as major competitors to Canadian residents in need of decent, affordable housing. Many people simply can’t outbid investors from overseas. While sold condos across the country sit empty, Canadians struggle to get a grip on property in their own cities.

New Zealand has had similar problems with the housing market and has, in turn, banned all overseas purchases on housing.

The tax on foreign investors hasn’t been enough to stabilize the market, according to Bloomberg economist Nira Shah.

“While this all should help contain the housing bubble, the dashboard suggests house prices still remain substantially elevated,” said Shah in an email to the The Toronto Star.

Good chart from Bloomberg on housing valuations in different countries based on a combined measure of price-to-income and price-to-rent. The most stretched and vulnerable to a house price correction are New Zealand, Canada and Sweden. (Bloomberg)

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Don’t celebrate too soon, however, because central banks will now be lowering interest rates as of today. This could mean a global rise in housing prices, which means Canada won’t be the only one with this problem. This is the first time in over a decade that the U.S. Federal Reserve has set out to cut rates, which is a move that is meant to stimulate the economy, Bloomberg reports.

The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate has been 1.75 since 2018. Economists are predicting a cut of a half a percent in the Federal Reserve.

The Canadian economy seems to be doing its own thing at the moment, instead of following the U.S. At least in the short term of things, experts do not believe that Canada will be following in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s footsteps of cutting interest rates, Bloomberg reports.

Source: narcity

Buhari Signs Architect Registration Bill Into Law

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to two bills passed by the 8th National Assembly.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday.

NAN reports that Itang said the bills include Federal University of Agriculture Zuru, Kebbi State Bill and the Architects Registration Council Amendment Bill.

He said by giving assent to the Federal College of Agriculture Bill, the institution had been upgraded from a Federal College of Agriculture to a full-fledged Federal University of Agriculture with all the powers of its status.
He explained that the assented Architects Registration Council amendment bill had increased the penalty fee of N1,000 to N5,000.

This, he said would generally enhance the architect registration process.
He also said the bill was also designed to enhance the council’s penalties and make the appeals from the Disciplinary Committee lie with the High Courts.


On why some bills were not assented to, Enang explained that there was cogent reasons for any bill that did not receive assent of the president.
On why screened and confirmed ministerial nominees were yet to be inaugurated.
He said: “Mr President upon receipt of communication from the National Assembly will on a date he will fix, notify the screened and cleared nominees.”
Enag,who also responded to a question, on why the President did not attach portfolios to the nominees said the constitution did not oblige the President to do so.
He thanked the senate for its patriotic decision to extend the annual vacation and concentrate on the screening and confirmation of the nominees.

Meanwhile, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, a ministerial nominee from Ondo State, had last week called on the 9th Senate to revisit the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) for the good of the country.

He said revisiting the bill and its eventual passage would result in the earning of more funds from the nation’s oil resources.

Source: dailypost

N5trn Debt: See Names of Those on AMCON Debtors List

The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) is not slowing down in its determination to recover the over N5 trillion debt owed the commission by some influential persons in the country.

Yesterday, during a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Chairman of AMCON, Mr Muiz Banire, disclosed that about 20 debtors owe 67 percent of the N5 trillion debt.

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At the meeting, the Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, constituted a task force to ensure this huge debt was recovered so as to make more funds available to government for infrastructural projects in the country.

This committee comprises the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the ministry of justice.

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In a report today, TheCable published names of the top 20 debtors on the AMCON list, which was reportedly released by the corporation in October 2018.

Below is the list;

Source: businesspost

South Africa: Company Leaves R164 Million Housing Project Unfinished

Nophakamile Qongwana is 75 years old. Two months ago she moved into an RDP house for the first time, even though the house in Daluxolo, Madantsane, was not finished.

She said she was excited when she was approved for a house in 2012. Construction started in 2015. The Siyavuna Housing Project was meant to build 88 houses in Daluxolo. Then the company left in late 2015, leaving 55 houses, but without roofs, windows or doors. Construction resumed in 2017 and roofs, windows and doors were added. But water and electricity were not connected.

Fed up with waiting, residents decided to occupy their homes. Qongwana said she waited for an official handover, but none came.

“At least the houses were numbered, hence I could identify which one is mine,” said Qongwana. Then she saw that one of her home’s windows was broken. She decided to move in. She was the last to occupy the houses.

She had been living in a shack since 1985. “My mother died living in a shack. I was 46 when she died in 1990. She dreamed of having a decent house but she never got one.”

The houses were part of a much bigger housing project. In 2014, a R164-million tender to build over 900 houses was awarded to Johannesburg-based company Siyavuna Trading, a close corporation owned by Thembekile Cynthia Mnisi.

Houses were going to be built in Walter Sisulu, Francis Mel, Hani Park, Winnie Mandela, Mahlangu, Gwentshe, Mathemba Vuso and Daluxolo informal settlement.

In 2015 GroundUp reported that the workers at this company were on strike because they claimed they were earning less than R100 per day. In 2017 we reported the slow progress of this housing project, and our failed attempt to get comment from the company. Last year the company went into voluntary liquidation.

We tried to phone Siyavuna to get comment, but the number has been changed and the automated Telkom operator provides no new number.

Siyavuna only built 55 of the 88 houses meant for Daluxolo, leaving 33 families who are still in the dark about their houses. One of them, Lindeka Makeka, 67, has lived in the informal settlement since 1991 and shares a leaking, two-roomed shack with her three elder children and six grandchildren.

“I’ve been holding a house number, but there’s no sign of a house. What frustrates me mostly is that no one tells us anything, including our ward councillor. It looks like he is in the dark … No one is giving us answers,” said Makeka.

“As old as we are, we had a protest here before the election [May 2019], closing the roads with burning tyres demanding answers about our houses. The municipal official who came here promised to attend to us after elections, but we are still here and he never came back,” said Makeka.

Ward councillor Mashwabade Gcilishe (ANC) said some of the houses were left at foundation level because they were built on top of a sewerage pipe. He said a construction company has been hired to install another mini-sewerage system to make sure the current sewerage pipe does not affect the houses.

Meanwhile Qongwana and other residents currently relieve themselves in the bushes. The whole area has six toilets, but four of the toilets are blocked. Some occupiers have made illegal electricity connections. For water, they share a standpipe with an informal settlement.

Questions sent to Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality spokesperson Bathandwa Diamond and Samkelo Ngwenya last week Thursday were not answered.

Source: allafrica

Again, FCTA Demolishes Lokogoma Houses to Check Flood

Officials of the Development Control Department of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council(AMMC), have begun the demolition of houses on waterways in EFAB Estate, Lokogoma.
The demolition started at about 2 pm on Monday and more than five houses including two churches in the estate would be affected.

Chairman of the EFAB Lokogoma Landlords’ Forum, Alhaji Shetimma Gana Mohammed said the demolition contravenes an earlier agreement with the FCT Administration. He said the government had promised to verify building approvals to ascertain if the off-takers or developers contravened building regulations.

“If the FCTA said those houses don’t have approvals, why should the developer sell the houses to the off-takers? Some of the owners bought the houses in trust, they are civil servants while some have retired to the village,” he said.

He described the demolition as unfortunate adding that it could have been avoided if the developer had done proper channelization of water instead of the developer describing flooding in the estate as a natural disaster.

An official of the agency, at the scene of demolition said houses already marked for demolition within 20 metres from the waterways would be demolished.

Some affected residents were seen removing fittings and valuables from their houses when the bulldozers and pall loaders of the agency got to the estate.

The Director, Development Control of the FCTA, Muktar Galadima said the authority embarked on the demolition exercise as a proactive measure to save lives.

“Something is already bad and we were there to salvage the situation. We have been telling them to come with their approvals. We have been shouting that if they have valid title documents, they should bring it so that we can value their property and compensate them,” he said adding that the government had to “save lives before we talk about verification.”

Source: dailyasset

EXTRA: Fashola Having Grey Hair Because he Handled Three Ministries, says Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha, senator representing Imo west, says Babatunde Fashola started having grey hairs when he began to handle three large ministries.

Fashola, the immediate past minister of power, works and housing, was among the returning ministers nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari for his second tenure.

Speaking on Monday during the screening of ministerial nominees at the senate, Okorocha said the three ministries are too large to be handled by one person.

“I thought the three ministries are too large to be handled by one person. Look at my friend now. He is having grey hairs at a young age,” he said.

In his address, Fashola, who was governor of Lagos state between 2009 and 2015, said the ministry of power has been dealing with regulatory issues since the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

“Before the privatisation, the ministry of power had 50,000 staff,” he said.

“After privatisation, that number moved to 790 and at the last budget, we were accounting for 699 people.

“This is because we no longer own trucks or meters. We now face regulation. It’s just like the telecommunications sector where we have the NCC and the ministry.”

When asked how much fund the power sector required to ensure stable electricity, Fashola said: “I’ve already addressed the issue of funding as our major challenge. My suggestion is that we should raise an infrastructure fund where Nigerians can contribute their money.”

Source: thecable

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