The Ogun State Government has sealed off two dilapidated buildings in Abeokuta the state capital, and ordered occupants of the houses to move out within 24 hours.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mr Nafiu Adebiyi, told newsmen during an inspection tour at the weekend, that 526 other houses built on waterways, canal and erosion channels had been marked for demolition across the state.
Adebiyi said at the scene that the order became necessary to prevent loss of lives and other possible disaster which could arise from the partially collapsed buildings.
The two buildings were located along Nepa Road in Isabo area of the state capital.
“As a responsible government, we cannot continue to watch and allow the buildings to collapse totally while people still reside in them,” he said.
Adebiyi said that the government was only waiting for response from National Emergency Managment Agency (NEMA) which had promised to provide alternative shelters for the affected victims before demolition could be effected.
“Demolition of houses is not what can be done in a hurry, no matter how illegal such structures are.
“ In as much as human beings live in such houses, we must follow the rules in carrying out such demolitions,” he said. He affirmed that government’s intention was to ensure that nobody was negatively affected as a result of preventable natural disaster which was predicted by the National Metreological Agency (NIMET) earlier in the year.
“ It is not easy to dislocate people from their comfort zone. That is why we are approaching the process with human face.
“Moreso, many houses affected were not illegally located because as at the time most of them were built, those places were not close to water banks.
“It is the challenge of climate change that made the water levels to begin to rise, with resultant erosion.
“We are being carefull so that we don’t solve a problem by creating another one, “ he said.
Lagos To Tackle Unauthorised Real Estate Practitioners
The Lagos State Government says it will tackle the menace of unauthorised real estate practitioners across the state.
The Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, said this in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
Benson-Awoyinka said that the state government had planned a stakeholders forum for real estate practitioners, aimed at tackling the menace.
She said that the one-day stakeholders engagement slated for Wednesday (today) had as its theme “Lagos Real Estate: Achieving 21st Century Compliance.”
The special adviser said that the theme of the forum showed that the state government was making frantic efforts to eradicate the dubious practices of some real estate practitioners in the state.
According to her, the forum will help restore sanity and orderliness to the housing sector.
Benson-Awoyinka said that a legal approach alone might not be enough to solve the problem of fraud in the real estate business in the state, without the commitment of all the stakeholders.
She, however, said that the present administration was determined to ensure conducive environment for seamless operation within the sector.
“I implore the real estate/agency businesses to cooperate with the state government, so that the state as a smart city would be made investors’ haven, not only in Africa, but the world at large,” she said.
The SA called on all interested stakeholders across the state to register for attendance through the link: http://lasretrad.eventrite.com free of charge.
Police Confirm Collapse Of Two-Storey Building In Jos
The Plateau State Police Command has confirmed the collapse of a two-storey building at Butcher Street, Terminus Market in Jos North Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Terna Tyopev told newsmen in Jos that the incident occurred Sunday afternoon.
Tyopev, however, said that neither was any life lost in the incident nor any casualty recorded.
He said officers and men of the command had condoned off the affected area and investigations into the cause of disaster had commenced.
He said the action became necessary in order to also prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the situation to loot.
Pilgrims Commission Opens Bid For Heritage House Construction
The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, has opened the bid for the expression of Interest and prequalification for the construction of Pilgrims Heritage C House, phase 1A, in Abuja.
In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, , the Assistant Director, Media and Public Relations, Mr Celestine Toruka NCPC, explained that the bid was opened at NCPC headquarters in Abuja on Monday.
At the ceremony, the Director in-charge of NCPC, Mrs Esther Kwaghe, said the organisation would ensure due diligence in considering the proposals by the bidders.
She said, “we want to have value for the money the government is investing in this project.’’
Kwaghe thanked the representatives of various groups who attended the bid opening for their confidence and trusting the commission.
Kwaghe said that the commission would be transparent and fair to all and urged the bidders to accept the final outcome of the selection process since only one company would be selected.
The bid opening was attended by various construction companies, civil society organisations as well as officials of Bureau of Public Procurement, who described the exercise as transparent and fair.
The NCPC Pilgrims Heritage C House Phase 1A, to be located at Central Business District, Abuja, comprises basement parking space for 70 vehicles, two ramps for entry and exit to the auditorium and other facilities.
The main auditorium has 1,400 seats and back stage with conveniences.
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