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Anyim Assures On Improved Housing

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief
Anyim Pius Anyim,  has in Abuja
re-affirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to providing decent
accommodation for citizens.

Anyim said this while inaugurating the Defence Headquarters
(DHQ) transit officers and men quarters at Mogadishu Barracks, Asokoro.

He said because comfortable accommodation for all citizens
was a matter of concern to the government, President Goodluck Jonathan recently
approved the establishment of a National Housing Committee.

“I wish to assure you that the president deeply appreciates
the loyalty and sacrifice of the armed forces. As the president takes immense
pride in the splendid works of all our serving personnel as you serve our
nation with courage and distinction home and abroad.

“ He regards the welfare, training, safety, discipline,
operational readiness of our service men as a matter of utmost national
priority. He accords the same regards to federal and retired personnel as
well,” he said.

The SGF noted that the president was working steadfastly to
equip the nation with well motivated, professional and devoted armed forces
which the country desire and deserve.

Anyim said that the speedy completion of the project, in
spite of the unrelenting rain, confirmed the alertness, speed, precision and
discipline with which the armed forces was known for.

“I commend the Chief of Defence staff and his team for this
wonderful feat. Let me assure you that I share your immense pride in this
wonderful accomplishment.

“I am particularly pleased that the CDS has achieved this exemplary
result in addressing the accommodation problem of service personnel’s in the
DHQ as the importance of decent accommodation to serving personnel’s cannot be
over emphasised.

Anyim urged the occupants of the accommodation to prudently
manage the facilities, stressing that each occupant must bear in mind, the
proper maintenance of his unit as well as the entire environment.

According to him, the maintenance of the accommodation will
be a reflection of the character of the officers and men of the armed forces.

Earlier, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal
Oluseyi Petinrin, said that due to the urgent need of accommodation for
officers and men, the DHQ decided to inaugurate the second phase of the
project.

Petinrin said this was to ensure that those with urgent
accommodation move in while work continues on some other aspect of the project.

“The project we are inaugurating today comprises two blocks,
consisting of forty one-bedroom flat for officers and four blocks consisting of
one hundred and twenty one-bedroom flats for the soldiers, totalling 160
one-bedroom flat, all furnished.

“Work is going on on the additional four blocks consisting
of 160 one-bedroom flats for the officers, which has been fully paid for,‘’ he
said

He said the facility also had four boreholes with a 30,000
litre capacity tank to supplement FCT water supply.

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Surveyors Vow To End Building Collapse

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The Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS), has reiterated its resolve to ensure that building collapse is reduced to its barest minimum or totally eradicated in the country.
National President, NIS, Mr. Charles Alabo made this known from the sidelines at an event on real estate in Port Harcourt, at the weekend.
Represented by a member of the institute, Idiabi Fiberesima, Alabo stated that the institute would henceforth monitor all building constructions from start to finish to ensure that possible faults are detected and corrected in time, saying “a stitch in time saves nine”.
He further said that the institute would also look into the quality of materials used to ensure that the right materials in the correct measure and expertise are used.
According to him, these measures if properly applied, will help curb the menace of building collapse and also reduce the loss of funds and lives.
The said the institute was prepared to throw its weight behind any law that would criminalise building collapse in the country and expressed hope that developers who were in the habit of cutting corners to maximise profit at the risk of human lives would desist from such inhuman acts.
He argued that surveyors were not to be blamed for any collapse as they were not responsible for the quality of material and manpower used in the construction.
According to him, each time there was a building collapse, surveyors were blamed for not carrying out proper tests on the soil, whereas there are many other components that make up a construction team which includes the surveyors.
The NIS boss enjoined the National Assembly to, as a matter of urgency, pass the building monitoring law, “as this would check the menace of building collapse”.
He explained that if the building monitoring bill was passed, it would be the responsibility of surveyors to monitor buildings from the point of testing the soil to completion.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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BUA Cement Moves To Tackle Building Collapse

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To help reduce cases of building collapse, a cement manufacturing company, BUA Cement Company Limited has organised a workshop for stakeholders in the block making industry.
The Tide reports that the workshop focused on proper mixture of cement and other materials to ensure quality block production for building purposes.
General Manager, Sales and Marketing, BUA Cement Company Limited, Mr Nasir Ladan said the workshop was imperative and timely.
Ladan said the workshop was aimed at offering standard practices to address incidence of collapse buildings as a result of sharp practices and wrong use of materials, particularly in block moulding.
The workshop with the theme, “Optimising Cement Usage to Achieve Better Quality and Yields in Block-Making,” attracted participants from major communities in Kwara.
According to Ladan, a school of thought believes that misapplication of cement and other materials as a result of ignorance results in collapse of buildings.
Ladan called for intensifying education and training of end users on the correct use of the cement mix.
” What we are doing here today is simple; BUA Cement has consistently made it its responsibility to educate its stakeholders on the proper mix of cement with other materials.
“We believe that standard building of high-quality is possible only if the mix of the cement with other materials possesses optimum composition.
“Cement quality is of primary importance to the ultimate consumers who are builders and concrete and block makers.
“This is where the BUA Cement brand is different from others because it is of 42.5 and 52.5 texture grade. This is the highest quality texture which mixes and dries easily.
In his presentation, the Manager, Process Quality and Environment of the company, Adesola Adeyinka blamed collapse of most buildings on facilities and sub-standard processing of sandcrete block making.
Adeyinka explained that block makers must embrace right proportioning of sand, water and cement to get quality output.
He also stressed the need for the use of clean and drinkable water as against deleterious or toxic ones in block making.
The Tide reports that officials of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) also educated the stakeholders on the required standard in the industry for quality control.

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Tambuwal Allocates Land For Federal Fire Service

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Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has directed the state Ministry of Lands and Housing to allocate land for the immediate construction of the Federal Fire Service Zonal Office in the state.
According to reports, the governor gave the directive, yesterday in Sokoto while inspecting two fire fighting vehicles allocated to the zonal office by the federal government.
Tambuwal commended the federal government and Ministry of Interior for establishing the zonal office in the state and assured that all the courtesies being enjoyed by other federal government’s organisations in the state would be extended to the office.
“The federal government’s intervention in that regard would no doubt complement the state government’s efforts in that direction.
“As a government, we are fully committed to safeguarding the entire people of Sokoto State and their properties as well as ensure an enabling environment of their businesses to thrive.
“So, I want to assure you that all the courtesies being enjoyed by other federal government’s establishments in the state will be extended here for the overall development of the people,” he said.
Earlier, the Zonal Commander of the Federal Fire Service in Sokoto, Alhaji Bello Zagga said that the federal ggvernment had allocated four fire fighting vehicles to the zone, two to Sokoto and one each to Kebbi and Zamfara States.
Zagga solicited the support and cooperation of the state government for effective discharge of their duties, saying the office was established to ensure safe environment across the zone.

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