In its continued drive to bring succor to the people of host communities, Niger Delta region and Nigeria at large, leading indigenous oil producing Company, Belemaoil Producing Ltd., operators of the NNPC/Belemaoil JV, has commissioned water and road projects in Northern Nigeria.
The projects were executed in Katsina, Bauchi, Gombe and Sokoto States, under the NNPC/BelemaoilJoint Venture.
Speaking at the commissioning of the projects, President/Founder of Belemaoil Producing Ltd., Mr. Jack-Rich Tein Jr., said the projects are part of the ways of promoting oneness and unity in Nigeria and to better the lots of the people and give them a better lease of life.
Tein Jr. said as someone who comes from a community that lacked potable water for hundreds of years, he understood the plights of the people of the communities who had to travel miles to get drinkable water.
He said, despite political differences and affiliations, Nigeria has remained one country and Nigerians must build bridges that promote love and oneness.
He said: “This gathering here today is as a result of our desire to share fellowship, to share oneness, a one united country called Nigeria. Nigeria is one indivisible country that is centred on love irrespective of the political insinuations, affiliations and we must as a matter of fact build bridges that unite us. Political parties are platforms we use in showcasing our interests but when we get back to these political parties, Nigerians get back to us.
“We are here to demonstrate oneness; we are here to demonstrate love. You here in the north and myself from the Niger Delta, are one. Every country, the U.S., UK, Europe, they all have their challenges but when you have a challenge what you do with that challenge draws you to solution. So, the challenges we are going through as Nigerians is to bring us together and design new ways of making Nigeria a better country.
“When my friend, Umar Kumo (PA on Special Duties to SGF) mentioned this project to me, I said what your community is facing; my community is also going through. My community has been there for six, seven hundred years with so much wealth in terms of natural resources and all that but lacked potable drinking water. We drink from contaminated stagnant stream and well water that has been contaminated.
“He said to me, my community travels about 10-12 kilometres in search of water and I promised them that because NNPC love community development, I will initiate the project and see how we can embark on them. We are happy that this project has come to a successful end and we are commissioning themt today.”
The President/Founder of Belemaoil, thanked the NNPC and President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the project and for granting the company the operatorship license of the OML-55, which has given the company opportunity to better the lots of many across the country. He, however, charged the people to guard the projects jealously and maintain them for the continued good of the people.
In his speech, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, represented by Mrs. TolulopeDerin-Adefuwa, called on the people to make good use of the projects. He said NNPC embarks on community development projects through its partnerships for grassroots development.
He said: “We are partnering with Belemaoil JV to bring this project to us. It is our firm and strong belief on our part to support the communities nationwide and we do this through joint partnerships, we do this with our products sharing contract companies to deliver community development projects to the whole of Nigeria. We do economic empowerment programmes which we deploy relief materials to the IDP Camps, we do Education programmes, we do scholarships and so many other projects which we believe will touch the lives of the citizens of Nigeria.”
High points of the ceremony were the Turbaning of the President/Founder of Belemaoil Producing Ltd as SarkinRuwan Hausa by the Emir of Daura, HRH Alh. (Dr) Umar Farouq Umar, in Katsina State and SarkinRuwan Akko, by the Emir of Akko, Gombe State, HRH.Alh.Umaru Muhammadu Atiku (Lamidon Akko), respectively.
Expert Harps On Quality Building Materials
A real estate consultant in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Dr Derefa Fiberesima, has charged builders in Nigeria to come’ up with buildings that would stand the test of time, using quality building materials.
Fiberesima gave the charge in a chat with The Tide, yesterday in Port Harcourt.
He noted that the use of quality building materials would not only ensure the integrity of the building, but that materials suitable for the tropical weather conditions in the country would also be chosen.
Fiberesima observed that the buildings put up by the colonialists were still standing strong, saying: even stronger than new buildings erected in present day Nigeria’’.
He lamented that the quality of building materials used in the present day Nigeria was not suitable for the Nigerian weather condition.
He explained that the consequences of using substandard building material were dire and charged the Lawmakers need to accelerate the passage of the enabling Act for the enforcement of the National Building Code to adequately address building collapse crises in the built industry in the nation.
Fiberesima cited the example of corrugated iron roofing sheets widely used in roofing in Nigeria as one that gets easily rusted due to a acid rain and heavy sunshine especially in Rivers State adding that the heavy noise due to rain dropping on it could also be very disturbing to occupants of the building.
He also pointed out that there were health implications when asbestos building materials are used, which he lamented was not widely known to Nigerians.
He enjoined the government to take a look at the housing policies of other climes and articulate in Nigeria’s housing policies.
By: Tonye Nria-Dappa
FMDQ Committed To Tackling Housing Deficit –Onadele
The FMDQ Securities Exchange (FMDQ) Plc has said it remains committed to tackling the housing infrastructural deficit facing Nigeria through mobilisation of funds from the capital market.
Its Chief Executive Officer, Bola Onadele, disclosed this during the Capital Market Correspondents Assoctaion of Nigeria (CAMCAN) 2019 annual workshop in Lagos at the weekend.
Speaking on the theme: “Bridging the infrastructure gap in Nigeria: The Capital Market Option”, Onadele stated that infrastructure is central to the development of the economy and pointed out that FMDQ is poised to providing workable means of housing provision in the country,amongst other programmes to address infrastructural gap in Nigeria.
Onadele who was represented by Associate Executive Director, Corporate Development, FMDQ, Kaodi Ugoji, noted that the Exchange had set up a housing development project team to work directly with the office of the Vice president.
Onadele further added that the Exchange has been working with stakeholders and government to develop products that will drive the capital market and the Nigerian economy in the last four years.
“Sukuk bond has been a success no doubt but there is a need to expand sukuk bond which the Federal Government introduced. Infrastructure is one thing we need to shore up to achieve our goal as a country.
He gave assurance that the Exchange’s holding company would bring efficiency to help in the development of infrastructures.
“We will continue to innovate ways as well as blueprint to drive development in the capital market and the economy at large”, he said.
Staff Housing Loan Boss Cautions Public Servants Against Corruption
The former Executive Secretary, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, Dr Hannatu Adamu Fika, has called on public servants in the country to shun corruption and contribute to making Nigeria great.
Fika made the call in an interview with newsmen during a dinner party organise in her honour to celebrate her retirement in Abuja.
She said that challenges in life were normal but one needs to be upright in carrying out his or her responsibility as a pubic or civil servant.
“When you build a house for a public servant, you have added value to his or her life.
“I want to call on public servants to be transparent and shun corruption in the course of their work for the development of the country.
“However, I will continue to urge the staff I have worked with to continue to follow the line of doing the right thing so that we can have a corrupt free public service in Nigeria.
“Those in the Housing Loan section should not relent to touch true lives of pubic servant in the area of provision of housing.
“I have exited but am not tired; I am moving into another stage where the Centre for Leadership and Economy Development, an affiliate with UN have given me the Chair Person of their governing board.
“I am now going to concentrate on issues of women and youths development, “ she said.
However, Fika said she would continue to pray that the Federal Integrated Staff Housing Programme known as FISH grows from strength to strength.
“So that civil servants who are hard working but their salaries cannot take then home would be able to benefit through that system so that they can have their own homes”.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary in charge of Niger Delta Ministry Ms Didi Walson-Jack, said Fika is intelligent, willing to advice and always on top of her subject matter.
“She has created impact in the public service through provision of housing for public servants and other wonderful things she did to help them,” she said.
Our correspondent reports that the occasion attracted some former permanent Secretaries, Heads of Civil Service of the Federation, FG Staff Housing Loans and many friends and well wishers.
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