Engineering Union Says More Infrastructure Funding Will Develop Nigeria

engineeringThe National Executive Council of National Union of Civil Engineering, Construction, Furniture, and Wood Workers have said that efforts should be geared to fund infrastructural development as that would ensure economic growth, create jobs and improve investors’ confidence.

They Union made this known in Asaba with the governor of Delta state playing host to the group

The construction industry plays an important role in the economy, and the activities of the industry is also vital to the achievement of national socio-economic development goals of providing shelter, infrastructure and employment.

The governor of the state, Ifeanyi Okowa explained that infrastructural development provides an enabling environment for investment to thrive, which will in turn create jobs for the people

For the President-General, Comrade Amechi Asugwuni who is also the National Vice Chairman of the NLC, he noted that the relationship between development and economic growth is a direct one

FG To Begin Recruitment Of 500,000 Unemployed Graduates

Yemi-OsinbajoThe Nigerian government says it will start taking applications online for positions in the 500,000 Direct Teacher Jobs Scheme, through an internet portal.

A statement by a spokesman for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, said that the portal, would be live on Saturday, June 11.

The presidency said applications are expected to start coming in on June 12, the beginning of next week and advised young unemployed Nigerians to visit the website and apply.

President Muhammadu Buhari in his May 29 Democracy Day broadcast to the nation, formally launched the unprecedented social investment programmes already provided for under the 2016 Appropriation by the administration.

The 500,000 Teacher Corps is one of the three direct job creation and training schemes that Nigerians can start applying for from Sunday, June 12.

N-Power Knowledge Scheme

Others are N-Power Knowledge which will train 25,000 Nigerians in the area of technology, and N-Power Build, which train another 75,000 in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.

All trainees would be paid for the duration of their training.

The N-Power Teacher Corps initiative, which will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates, is a paid volunteer programme of a 2-year duration.

Under the initiative, unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will play teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in primary, and secondary schools, agricultural extension systems across the country, public health and community education-covering civic and adult education.

“Besides their monthly take home pay estimated at about 23,000 Naira the selected 500,000 graduates will also get computer devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. They get to keep the devices even after exiting from the program,” the statement read.

According to the plan of the Buhari administration, the N-Power Teacher Corps Programme is an invaluable opportunity for young Nigerians to make immense economic and social contributions to the nation while developing their skills.

It will also help to address the problems of inadequate teachers in public schools, the government believes.

Also, persons enlisted under the scheme will gain work experience and acquire key competencies through academic and non-academic capacity building programmes intended to improve their competitiveness in the workplace.

Their devices will come loaded with knowledge-oriented applications and software that will enable them acquire the skills and capacity.

The N-Power Knowledge Scheme is further separated into three aspects – Creative, Technology Software and Hardware. These three sub-divisions will train 25,000 young Nigerians in all.

The statement from the presidency further said that 5,000 of them would be trained in Animation, Graphic Design, Post-Production, Script-Writing. All of those are under the sub-division of N-Power Knowledge-creative category.

According to the Vice President, the N-Power Knowledge Scheme also has a technology category in two aspects: hardware and software. 10,000 Nigerians would be trained, and equipped in the area of software development, including web designers, and another 10,000 in hardware expertise including to repair, maintain and assemble mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices.

The government said the N-Power Build category was designed, realising that the presence of a well-trained and highly skilled youth population in any economy had direct impact on entrepreneurship/wealth creation, which in turn leads to a decline in unemployment.

N-Power Build is therefore an accelerated training and certification (Skills to Job/Enterprise) programme that will engage and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.

The other schemes of the current administration is the ‘Social Investment Programmes’ which, according to the government, would be rolled out in coming weeks.

Under this category are the Conditional Cash Transfer that pays 5,000 Naira monthly to one million Nigerians, the Micro-Credit Scheme for more than 1.5 million Nigerians, the Home Grown School Feeding programme that will serve 5.5 million Nigerian pupils in primary school a free hot meal per day this year and the Education support grant programme for 100,000 tertiary students in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics and education.

Ekiti Govt. Continues Demolition Exercise For Road Project

Ekiti State government has continued the demolition exercise of the road dualization project, the beautification of Ado Ekiti and recreational park which is in line with the transformation agenda of Dr Kayode Fayemi-led administration.

Speaking during the exercise, Commissioner for housing, physical planning and urban development; Remi Olorunleke said adequate compensation has been paid to the property owners since 2011 abut they have refused to relocate even after additional two weeks’ notice were given to them.

Some also said they were not compensated.

Speaking while monitoring the exercise, the Commissioner for Physical, Urban and Regional Planning, Mr. Ebunlomo Awoyemi remarked that some of the structures are dangerous to human existence.

Mr. Awoyemi noted that the exercise is mainly to correct the non-compliance with Urban Planning of the state as well as to beautify the city.

He also said in order to achieve the objective of the agenda, all building plans of newly developed property in the state shall henceforth carry the seal and signature of a qualified architect in order for it toqualify for Government approval.

The Commissioner said further that property developers are to observe the minimum setback as prescribed in the Urban and Regional Planning Law of the State which is 20ft (6m) from the edge of the road for developed areas, 30m for state roads and 50m for Federal roads.

Awoyemi added that all property developers in the state, are to strictly observe all building codes and regulations. He however admonished owners of properties whose construction are not in compliance with the Urban Renewal Law to regularise them immediately.



Law Weekly: The FAAN Projects Impasse

Two weeks ago, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) announced that it had called off the lease for two projects, a hotel and conference center located around the domestic wing of the Murtala Muhammed airport, MMA2 in Lagos.

The director of legal services, FAAN, Mr. Mark Jacobs said by the agreement, the concessionaire entrusted with the projects, Bi-Courtney Nigeria Ltd was to have completed them in 2008 and despite an extension till 2009, and the projects still remain uncompleted in 2013.

Chairman of Bi-Courtney, Dr. Wale Babalakin however insists that his company has a court order restraining FAAN from taking over the lease.

On this episode of law weekly with our judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele, both men argue the legality of their different positions.

Construction Of Second Niger Bridge To Commence – Minister

Work is expected to commence over the next few weeks on the construction of the second Niger Bridge which will link the eastern part of Nigeria to other parts of the country.

Minister of works, Mike Onolememen told journalists after a closed door meeting that German construction company, Julius Berger won the bid to execute the contract after 13 months rigorous procurement process.

He said the second phase of the project which includes detailed project survey and environmental impact assessment that will lead to preliminary site work will commence in the coming weeks.

Cross River partners with UPDC on mass housing scheme

The Cross River State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UACN Property Development Company Plc. for the construction and development of 284 housing units to be known as Golf Estate, in Calabar Cross River State.

Speaking at the ceremony, the States Deputy Governor, Efiok Cobham disclosed that, the signing of the MOU is the second of such partnerships between the Cross River State government and the private sector in its bid to provide first-class housing in the state for its workers.

He noted that, the decision to partner the company to develop the Estate is a wise one and will act as gateway for other joint-venture investments between the two partners, he however enjoined them to deliver as at when expected.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive UPDC Plc.,  Hakeem Oguniran, promised the construction of the housing units will be completed and delivered on schedule.

The signing of the MOU is the second of such construction of about 2000 housing units for civil servants through mortgage financing by Aso Savings and Loans.

Uncompleted 3-storey building collapses in Owerri, worker trapped inside

A 3-storey building under construction along Works Layout in Owerri the Imo state capital has collapsed.

Sources said the building collapsed around 11 pm yesterday night during a heavy downpour.

It was also disclosed that a 28 year old man identified as Joseph Ekanem  a carpenter who happens to be one of the workers  inside the building have been trapped inside, even though they cannot ascertain if there are more workers trapped inside and they cannot ascertain as there are 6 workers working in the building on daily basis.

Sources also disclosed that the owner of the building who lodged in a hotel close to the building came to the scene of the incidence but quickly locked up the building and ran away, when Channels Television contacted him on the phone, he denied ownership of the building.

At the time of filing this report, State emergency management agency (SEMA), Imo rescue team, Road Safety and combined security operatives in the state forcefully broke into the premises in order to rescue the trapped man.

However, some of the people living in the neighbourhood attributed the collapse to quack and shabby job by the contractor as the foundation is not strong enough to carry a 3-storey building.

F.G. flags off construction of N5.2 billion Isinweke-Onicha Uboma-Imo River road

Reprieve has come for the agrarian community of Isinweke in Ihitte Uboma local government area of Imo state as the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has flagged off the construction of 5.2 billion naira 16.7 kilometer Isinweke-Onicha Uboma- Imo river road which has remained dilapidated for the past 30 years.

While flagging off the commencement of the road project on behalf of the Federal Government in Isinweke- Akata community in Ihitte Uboma, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives; Honorable  Emeka Ihedioha in company of the managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission;  Chris Oboh said the road project is part of the NDDC regional project in promoting rural development in the Niger Delta, that the importance of the road when completed cannot be over-emphasized especially due to the many agricultural potentials of the Ihitte Uboma people as the food basket of the state and when completed, will go a long way to enhance the easy transportation of agricultural products and food products from Ihitte Uboma to other parts of the states and other south east states as the road remains a major link to Abia and Enugu states.

Ihitte Uboma local government area of Imo state is known to be one of the food basket of Imo state with its rich cultivation and production of cash and food crops like rice, cassava palm oil amongst others.

One major problem faced by the people of the area over the years is that of bad roads which has deterred the people from transporting most of their agricultural products within and outside the state. Indigenes of the area lamented severally over the bad state of the road which has remained like that for many years running.

However, their plea might have gotten to the appropriate authorities, as the Federal Government through the NDDC approved 5.2 billion for the commencement of road construction.

While addressing the people of the community, the Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives; Honorable Emeka Ihedioha commended the Federal Government and the NDDC for their decision to take on the project in a time like this.

He said further that the road project will promote the economic activities in the area as well as provide job opportunities for unemployed youths in the area. He called on the people to cooperate with the contractors in order to speed up the road project since the contractors have been mobilized.

Indigenes of the area noted that the road project will go a long way to enhance the standard of living of the people living in the area; they however thanked the Federal Government and the NDDC for the good gesture of remembering the people of the area.

The 16.7 kilometer road which is expected to be completed within 3 years will have 4 bridges and 6 culverts and it is hoped that after completion, it will facilitate the easy transportation of food and agricultural products between Imo, Abia and Enugu states.