…Sets to resettle Jabi Yakubu Community
By Laide Akinboade
The Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, has ordered contractors handling infrastructural projects at the Galuwyi-Shere Resettlement Housing Scheme in Bwari Area Council to complete work according to specifications or have their contracts terminated.
Jubrin Umar, FCDA Executive Secretary gave this indication on Thursday 12th September 2019 after the inspection of facilities at the Galuwyi- Shere Resettlement Housing Scheme in Bwari expressed displeasure over the poor handling of infrastructural projects such as access roads, electricity and water in the resettlement estate.
Umar also disclosed that the Authority will soon begin the eviction of illegal occupants of the facility who have not moved out even with the expiration of deadline earlier issued, as the Federal Capital Territory Administration was doing every thing possible to commence the resettlement programme.
He announced that out of the nine communities earmarked for the scheme, the Jabi Yakubu Community will be the first to be resettled in no distance time as directed by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello.
“The reason for coming here is to appreciate the level of compliance with the Hon. Minister’s directive that one of the settlement communities that are supposed to move to this location will be coming in very soon.
And for that to happen, you can see there are a lot of activities that have been going on from the last two weeks and we came here to see the level of preparedness.
“The Communities, initially were seven and now nine but right now we are talking of the first one to move, which is Jabi Yakubu.
We have seen the number of houses that are there, close to 100, precisely 94 including Chief’s own, 95.
“You can see the infrastructure also, the access roads not very good, not that the work is not good at all but, the level of progress is not good.
The water supply is in progress, you have seen that the two boreholes have been drilled and will be completed in the next one week.
The electricity, we are looking at the possibility of extending from Bwari or Mpape”, Umar said.
While conducting the Executive Secretary round the site, FCDA Director of Public Buildings, Anthony Odigie explained that the project started in 2005 with the intention to build 2, 266 houses and by 2009 only 1400 were completed while others were at various stages of completion.
Odigie however said, due to problems such as the non payment of contractors, litigations among others led to the dilapidation and vandalization of the completed houses until 2017 when FCDA began rehabilitation to make them habitable ahead of the resettlement.
“The project started in 2005 with the intention to build 2266 houses and by 2009 we had about 1400 completed, then others were at various stages of completion. So there were problems along the line, problem of payment and so on and those who have not completed their award left the site and then the houses were vandalized, those that were completed also deteriorated with time.
“In 2017, there was the move to rehabilitate those ones that we can take over. There was need to rehabilitate the houses so that we can move the communities back to their places”, he noted.
Also speaking, Speaker of the Bwari Legislative Council, Julius Adamu called on the Federal Government and the FCT Administration to provide basic infrastructure, including access roads, water, electricity, schools and health facilities before the resettlement of the affected communities, noting that the present state of the camp was not descent for human occupation.
Erosion Control Project: Gombe SEC Approves N389m Compensation for Residents
The Gombe State Executive Council (SEC) has approved payment of N389 million as compensation for residents that would be affected by the gully erosion control project at Federal College of Education (FCE) Technical and its surrounding communities.
The Commissioner for Finance, Gombe State, Malam Mohammed Magaji, stated this at the end of the SEC meeting on Friday in Gombe.
Magaji said the payment, which would commence immediately, would be for individuals and organisations along the gully erosion site.
He said almost 1000 persons were expected to benefit from the gesture.
According to him, the compensation is part of the requirements of the World Bank, which specifies that such payments be made to property owners.
Magaji said the payment would also be made to ensure seamless resettlement of affected persons.
“The beneficiaries are in hundreds, almost a 1,000 people; there is compensation for houses, and also for business premises.
“There is also stipends for the elderly living around that area so that they are able to have good livelihood,” he said.
The commissioner for Education, Hajiya Aishatu Maigari, also said the SEC approved upgrade of the five mega senior secondary schools in the state to sustain improvement in the education sector.
Maigari said the upgrade would be carried out based on the needs of each of the schools.
She stated that infrastructure in some of the schools were already being upgraded to global standards.
“We have seen construction of toilets, installation of solar-powered light, construction of roads, school clinics, boreholes and many more,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government had on Nov. 23 signed a N12 billion contract with Triacta Nigeria Ltd. for a 21-kilometre gully erosion control work in six communities within Gombe metropolis.
The project is under ACRESAL project, a World Bank-assisted project to address the challenges of land degradation and climate change in northern Nigeria. (NAN)
Fire Razes Household Properties Estimated at Millions of Naira
The Ebonyi Fire Service, on Tuesday confirmed that a fire incident destroyed properties estimated at millions of naira at the residence of Mr Chris Uchaji, a former commissioner in the state.
Mr Raphael Ibiam, the Chief Fire Officer of the agency, said that the inferno was suspected to have been caused by an electrical spark within the building.
He explained that the fire razed valuable household properties in three rooms of the storey building.
He said no life was lost in the incident as his men responded promptly and was later assisted by the Federal Fire Service.
“At about 0800 hours, there was a fire outbreak at 13 Lawrence Ónór street, off Nna street.
“It destroyed properties in a storey building belonging to Mr Chris Uchaji, a Former State Commissioner for Solid Mineral Development,” Ibiam said.
Uchaji told newsmen shortly after the incident, that he was at the stadium with his wife for morning exercise when he received a distress call from his security man that his family house was on fire.
“We quickly rushed to the scene, only to see many people on a rescue mission as the whole house had been engulfed.
“I suspected it was due to an electrical spark and it started in my wife’s room, where my six-year-old daughter was sleeping.
“The intensity of the fire was high and it spread to other rooms, causing massive damage, but thank God no life was lost.
“I thank God for people’s goodwill and the fire service. Though the state fire service came here, their water finished early, but with the intervention of federal firefighters, they were able to control the fire.” Uchaji said.(NAN)
Nigeria’s NGO Takes Plights of Local Communities to COP28
Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development, a Nigeria-based NGO, has called for the involvement of local communities in decision-making on climate solutions in order to build a sense of responsibility and unity.
Mr Israel Orekha, Executive Director of the NGO, made the call on Monday in his address at a side event organised at the ongoing COP28 in Dubai.
“The event is themed “Putting Local Community First in Climate Agenda.’’
Orekha advocated policy changes that incentivised and prioritised sustainable practices at the local and national levels
According to him, empowering communities through participation will ensure that solutions align with local needs.
He also called for inclusive policies that addressed both environmental and social aspects of clean energy transitions.
The executive director particularly canvassed for the consideration of local community in the clean energy transition plan.
The local community, he said, needed clean energy transition parks and not false solutions.
“Clean energy transition parks not only combat climate change but also strengthen community resilience.
“Local involvement in these parks is key to addressing pressing environmental challenges.
“Beyond jobs, clean energy engagement enhances community knowledge about sustainable practices.
“Involving communities in clean energy decisions fosters responsibility and unity.
“Local job opportunities and skill development can result from participation in the renewable energy sector.”
Orekha also underscored the importance of transparency in decision-making processes so as to discern genuine solutions from greenwashing.
“False solutions can perpetuate environmental injustice, disproportionately affecting marginalised communities.
“False solutions, like greenwashing, hinder genuine progress.
“Thorough research and community input are essential for sustainable solutions,’’ he said.
Reports says that clean energy parks are separate areas used and planned for the purpose of clean energy development, like wind and solar generation facilities.(NAN)
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