FG Commissions 100-Unit Housing Estate In Imo

FG Commissions 100-Unit Housing Estate In ImoThe Federal Government has successfully completed a 100-unit housing estate in Imo State under the Ministerial Pilot Housing Project of the Ministry of Power, Works and Hosing.

The project was built through the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to provide low cost housing for public workers across Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shehuri, said the Federal Government through the ministry would continue to strive to ensure that the challenge of housing deficit in Nigeria was surmounted.

He added that it was government’s plan to build mass housing units across the country for public workers over the next three years through a Public-Private Partnership arrangement.

The minister was speaking in company of the Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, who represented Governor Rochas Okorocha at the commissioning of the housing unit at Naze industrial layout in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

He explained that national housing models have been designed and approved for each geo-political zone, to ensure the use of standard building materials.

“This housing unit is a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement which will be affordable to Nigerians, especially public servants.

“The Federal Government through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has signed a two billion Naira MoU with Shelter Afri (an African shelter company), to build affordable houses for Nigerians.

“So I want to call on workers in Imo State to take advantage of this scheme,” Shehuri said.

Hope To Middle Class Earners

Commending the Federal Government for the project, Mr Madumere said the project would go a long way to complement the policies of the State Government in providing affordable housing units for workers in the state.

He disclosed that the State Government was already in talks with the labour union in Imo State on the matter.

“This housing scheme is apt and what the state needs at this critical time; Imo residents need roofs over their heads. This is giving hope to the middle class earners.

“For us, it is a commendable effort. My leader and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, is ever ready to continue to partner with the Federal Government in such programmes and projects, since it is geared towards making life better for the people of Imo State,” the Deputy Governor said.

In his address, the Managing Director of the mortgage bank, Mr Richard Esin, said the bank and the project have become effective vehicles through which the Federal Government actualises its policy for the provision of affordable housing for Nigerians.

He added that with the consistent contributions of the National Housing Fund Scheme, Nigerian workers would become eligible for mortgage loans at concessionary interest rates of 6% per annum.

“Through this scheme, over 2200 houses have been built for public workers by the Federal Government in all the six geo-political zones of the country. This in turn will surely address the housing deficit in the country,” Mr Esin said.

Climax of the occasion was the launch and cutting of the tape of the housing estate as the dignitaries were taken on a tour round the facility.

The 100-unit housing estate comprises of 48 units of 3-bedroom fully detached bungalows, 40 units of 2-bedroom semi-detached bungalows and 12 units of 1-bedroom terrace.

As disclosed by the mortgage bank, the sum of 592.3 million Naira was invested for the development of the 100-unit housing estate.

FEC Blacklists Contractor For Non-Performance

FECThe contractor who handled the power sub station in Amasiri in Ebonyi State, is to be blacklisted because of non performance.

This follows its failure to execute the contract within the agreed time frame.

The Minister of State for Power, Mallam Wikili Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondent after the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC  meeting. He said that the contractor, Tecno Electric and Engineering Company would have all the directors prosecuted and banned from performing any other contract in the country.

According to him, the contract has been re-awarded to a new contractor, North Power Engineering Limited, at a cost of 5.8milllion dollars and is to be completed in 12 months.

The sum of 5.8million dollars is to be spent on the expansion of the power transmission supply in Ebonyi State and some parts of Cross River State.

In the transport sector, 2.9million Euro would be spent for the provision of boats for use in the nations ports.

Also approved by the Federal Executive Council, FEC, was the National Integrated Infrastructure Master-plan 2014 -2043.

The National Integrated Master-Plan for Nigeria from 2014-2043 is said to be one that would change Nigeria as a nation. The final copy of the master plan covers all the key sectors of the economy and is designed to match modern economies anywhere in the world.

The Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, said that the 30-year master-plan would cost over 3.05 trillion dollars to implement and would bring Nigeria at par with the developed world.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, was said to have also intimated the Federal Government about the private sector’s contribution of walk-through body scanners in Nigeria, for use at the borders to check the spread of Ebola Virus Disease.

Power Generation: Minister Of State Inspects Substation In Borno State

Power - WakiliBorno State may have been the centre of the ongoing terror fight, but that is not stopping the Federal Government from carrying on its plan to light up the state.

This indication was given by the Minister of State for Power, Mr. Mohammed Wakili, during the inspection of a new 330/132 KVA substation in Maiduguri, the state capital which was still under construction.

The Minister gave the assurance that the project would be completed by June 2014.

“I think when this substation comes to a reality, some of the epileptic (power supply) we have in Maiduguri will be a thing of past.

“As you can see, the work is almost about 80%. It is slow because of the security challenges that we have there but even despite that I’m impressed, the contractors are doing their best even though at a slow pace”, he said.

He, however, still encouraged the contractor handling the project to “speed up” as the ministry intends to meet its target of completing the project by June 2014. He noted that this was important because the President had been very desirous to make sure that power is reformed, being one of the promises he made to Nigerians.



President Jonathan Swears In New Ministers

President-Goodluck-Jonathan-1The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has sworn in 11 new ministers recently screened by the Senate, urging them to bring in positive changes in the administration and work closely with others in the service of their fatherland.

In the list of the new ministers are, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, who is the Minister of State for Defence, Mohammed Wakil, Minister of State for Power, Abduljelili Adesiyan, Minister of Police Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Akon Eyakenyi, Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and Lawrencia Laraba Mala, Minister of Environment.

Others are, Dr Tamuno Danagogo, Minister of Sports, Asabe Ahmed, Minister of State for Agriculture, General Aliyu  Gusau, Minister of Defence, Mr Boni Haruna, Minister of Youth Development and Dr Khaliru Alhassan Minister of State for Health.

The new ministers filed out in batches of four to take the oath, while the president observed. One after the other they also signed the dotted lines.

Dr Danagogo replaced the former Minister of Sports, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, who has travelled to Poland to attend the International Weightlifting Federation Championship.

Bring In Positive Changes

President Jonathan said that another set of ministers would be sworn in before he would have a full discussion with the ministers.

He said: “Join us to see how we can serve our people. Public office is for service. See yourselves as servants and bring value to what you have been asked to do.

“I always tell my people to find out and detect errors and do adjustments that will bring positive changes. Work closely with others and relate with each other for the success of the administration”.

The President also advised the new ministers to ensure that they do not create problems, saying that the administration will review the schedule of duties to avoid friction among the ministers and minister of state.

He stressed that their responsibilities were mainly administrative and expressed hopes that they would bring their experiences to bear.

Power generation peaks at 4,500 Megawatts

The Minister of State for Power, Hajiya Zainab Kuchi has claimed that the nation’s power generation has peaked to 4,500 Megawatts.

She said this is in line with the target of generating over 5,000 MWs of electricity by the end of the year.

According to her, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has been giving daily updates of power generation since the beginning of the week and the data has steadily climbed from 4,374MWs to 4,349MWs and now 4,500MWs she stated.

The Minister confirmed to our correspondent, Doris Okenwa, in an interview that the deregulation of the power sector will be completed next year and more opportunities for improved service delivery will be unlocked.


FG agrees to pay electricity workers accrued pension

The prolonged labour crises between the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the Federal Government which began since 2010 has finally been resolved as both parties agreed that total accrued pension as at June 30, 2007 shall be paid.

PHCN employees protest over pension

The payment was agreed to be in accordance with the 2010 conditions of service of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

The resolution meeting which took place at the office of the Secretary to the Federal Government agreed that 25 per cent of the accrued pension will be paid to existing PHCN staff while 75 per cent will be paid into the retirement savings accounts.

Other agreements reached were that severance allowance which shall be paid at 20 per cent of total accrued benefits among others.

Present at the meeting were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Minister of Labour; Chief Emeka Wogu, Minister of State for Power; Hajiya Zainab Kuchi, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC); Peter Esele, Secretary General of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) among others.

The Agreement was signed on behalf of the Federal Government by Senator Anyim, while Mr Esele and Ajearo signed on behalf of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

25 companies submit bids for power distribution centres

A total of 25 companies have expressed interest to bid for 10 power distribution companies in the country.

Speaking at the opening of the bid in Abuja, a member of the National Council on Privatization (NCP), Mr. Atedo Peterside listed Jos Distribution Company, Kano, Portharcourt, Yola, Abuja, Benin, Enugu, Ibadan,Eko and Ikeja  distribution company as the successor companies.

Mr. Peterside said that the interest of the companies will be subject to the ratification of the NCP.

The Minister of State for Power, Mr Darius Ishaku appealed to distribution companies, who emerged as winners of the successor companies, to ensure adequate power supply for all Nigerians.

Sambo directs speedy transmission of generated power

Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo has directed the Federal Ministry of Power to ensure speedy evacuation of power generated to ensure constant power supply.

The Vice President gave this directive, when he chaired the 24th Board meeting of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) overseeing the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), at the State House, Abuja.

The Vice President expressed delight with the current generation capacity of over 4,200 megawatts of electricity, he however lamented the lack of integrity and associated problems of the transmission and distribution lines to evacuate the generated power.

Mr Sambo, noted that with the quantity being added to the national grid, Nigerians were experiencing improvement in power supply, and therefore directed the Ministry of Power and the NDPHC to ensure speedy completion of the transmission lines, and the injection substation for the delivery of constant and stable electricity to Nigerians.

He also directed that a meeting be convened to tackle the problem of gas supply to the power plants, which according to him was also militating against power supply.

In line with President Jonathan’s Performance Contract policy, the VP directed that the National Planning Commission to draw up a Performance Contract that will be signed between him and the Board of NDPHC.

He also directed the NDPHC to ensure that such Performance Contract trickles down and that all of its consultants sign the performance bond, which according to him would enhance service delivery.

4,200 megawatts

Earlier the Minister of State for Power, Arc. Darius Ishaku, disclosed that the country is currently generating more than 4,200 megawatts of electricity, saying that the transmission and distribution network has integrity issues, which is affecting the adequate evacuation of the generated power.

He assured the meeting that the Ministry was doing everything possible to arrest the issue.

The Managing Director of NDPHC, who was represented by the Executive Director Technical Services; Mr. Louis Edozien, disclosed that the NIPP projects in Sapele, Alaoji, Olorunsogo and Omotosho were currently generating 1,350mw.

He however, noted that they would have achieved more but for gas supply as he also gave the assurance that progress was being made to ensure early delivery of all NIPP projects in the country.

The board under the chairmanship of the Vice President approved the purchase of replacement parts for Gas Turbines for Calabar, Egbema and Gabarin power plants from General Electric, the original manufacturers.

The board also approved the engagement of fire-fighting management providers for Olorunsogo, Sapele, Alaoji, Omotosho and Ihovbor power plants and the provision of gas pipe line to Geregu Phase II, NIPP power plant were also approved.

While the extension of project consultancy work for construction of Omotosho Phase II power plant was as well approved by the board.