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NIESV, Stakeholders Brainstorm In PH

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Members of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, NIESV, government functionaries and policy makers as well as operators and regulators of the real estate practice and other stakeholders have converged in Port Harcourt, Rivers state for the 52nd National Annual Conference of the institution, which commenced on Monday and would end by Saturday.
The Conference is an annual event and a gathering where stakeholders across the globe in the real estate industry and members of the academia brainstorm on strategic issues, share notes and ideas on the roles, relevance and power of the real estate in driving the national economy on a sustainable path.
Speaking at a press briefing at the Obi Wali Conference centre in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, President of NIESV and Chairman of the 52nd Annual Conference, ESV Emmanuel Wike said that at the end of the conference with the theme, “Cities of the future: Development, Infrastructure and Sustainability”, the Institution would make available to the government and policy makers, resolutions that would enable them come up with policy thrusts that would enhance national development. “We would also avail our members and all the relevant stakeholders the Communiqué for the purpose of using the conclusions for re-appraisal and aligning of real estate practices, strategies and operations with the best global practices”, said the president.
“Depending on how they are planned, managed and financed, cities play multi-faced roles in all societies. Cities are drivers of economic growth and at the same time, the breeding grounds of poverty, environmental hazards and communicable diseases among other ills. Most African cities, Nigeria inclusive are growing without corresponding economic transformation – they are largely unplanned; highly fragmented and disconnected; pantry investment in physical, social, economic infrastructure and services; and characterized by informal modes of social protection, infrastructure and service provision and dysfunctional municipal administration, to mention a few. A major drawback and cause of our malfunctioning cities is the failure to plan the city growth or failure to adhere to prescriptions and regulations and pay close attention to land use management as prescribed in the city plan.
‘We must be serious at solving this most pressing national problem. The transformation of our cities to make them more livable and functional should be a priority. Failure to transform our cities would amount to failure to meet the targets set out in the Sustainability Development Goals which was adopted by 193 countries including Nigeria. Otherwise referred to as the Project 2030, the Sustainability Development Goals is a global endeavour aimed at putting an end to poverty, securing the planet, while ensuring that everyone enjoys peace and prosperity by 2030. The project is also aimed at ensuring three critical issues of functionality, economy and aesthetics which are largely lacking in Nigeria’s present cities”, he added.
According to him, key challenges of future city development and solutions, as well as necessary interventions to solve the hydra headed problems would be examined by this Conference and suggestions would be passed to the appropriate quarters for necessary consideration and implementation.
To achieve these objectives, carefully assembled as resource persons are array of subject matter experts and highly renowned industry futurists with sharp eyes to observe relevant trends, innovations and developments across the world which can be applied in our country.
Speaking further, he said that the 52nd Annual Conference is very unique because the theme basically addresses or provides the direction to the outlook of our cities in the future and how they could be sustained basically through infrastructure for economic development, As they are presently, our cities does not guarantee healthy living, long life and welfare.
He believes that how our future cities would look and function depend on the decisions of the policy makers, the private sector and professionals in the built-environment. However, we should endeavour to build cities with the combination of the advantages of urban and rural settings, but without their disadvantages. We should endeavour to build sustainable cities where the ecosystem is holistically ensured, where the aspects of the city system works in tandem for its people and the environment, and where the lives of all people who inhabit them will be enriched.
The president used the opportunity to commiserate with the government and people Ondo state over the recent killing of worshippers in a church in Owo.” We condemn the gory and mindless attack in the strongest terms and urge the Government and the security agencies to painstakingly investigate the ugly incident to unravel and promptly bring to justice the perpetrators”.

By: Gabriel Nwanetanya

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Rivers Gets New NCoS Controller

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A new Controller of Rivers State Correctional Centre, Felix Lawrence, has assumed duty in Rivers Command following an administrative reshuffle within the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) nationwide.
This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSC Juliet Ofoni.
According to the statement, Lawrence took over from the Assistant Controller General of Corrections, Alex Oditah, on June 24 at a handover ceremony in Port Harcourt.
The statement added that Oditah had similarly been deployed as Desk Officer ACG Restorative Justice at National Headquarters, Abuja.
It also stated that Oditah, at the occasion, urged all staff to give the new Controller the maximum cooperation to achieve “necessary positive change and the mandate of the service’’.
Oditah also expressed appreciation to staff for their diligence to work, adding that he appreciated any action taken to move the State Command forward.
Also, Controller Felix Lawrence, at the occasion, thanked God and the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nabab, for his posting to Rivers Command.
He urged all staff to give him maximum cooperation, adding that truancy would not be tolerated.
The statement added that Lawrence had served successfully in various capacities, including State Headquarters, Lagos Command, and State Headquarters, Asaba, Delta.
He also served at Medium Security Custodial Centre, Shendam, Plateau; Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje; Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kano; and Medium Security Custodial Centre, Ikoyi.

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Woji Community Unveils Cars for Transport Company …Awards Chieftaincy Titles To Former Andoni LG Chairman, Others

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Woji Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, yesterday, unveiled three vehicles to kick-start its transport company.
The community also conferred chieftaincy titles on a former chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Hon. Orom Nte Ereforokuma; Mr Ani Anthonio Onu and Engr. Andrew Aligbe.
Unveiling the vehicles yesterday during the thanksgiving service at St. Nicholas’ Anglican Church, Woji, to mark his seventh year anniversary as paramount ruler and Nyenwe-Eli Woji, Eze Emeka Ihunwo, said the community set up the transport company to generate funds for community development and provide employment for deserving persons.
He announced that the fleet of three Toyota Sienna vehicles would be integrated into the transport firm floated by the Diocese of Evo, Church of Nigeria for easy management.
He highlighted several development projects executed in the community since his coronation seven years ago to include scholarships to indigent students, manpower development programmes for the youth, and support for indigent women of the community, among others.
Speaking while dedicating the cars, the Bishop of the Diocese of Evo, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Innocent Ordu, commended Woji community for its sense of unity and for setting the pace in community development since Eze Emeka ascended the throne of Eze Woji.
He urged neighbouring communities top borrow a leaf from Woji to ensure peace and development in their areas.
He prayed for God to sustain the leadership of the community and grant them the wisdom to continually maintain peace and development of the community.
In his sermon, the Vicar of St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Woji, Rev. Canon Kingsley Ohajianya, called on the people to put their trust in God always to ensure their unity and progress.
The cleric, who spoke on the topic “Obtain Help from Sanctuary” during his sermon, said God does not fail those who put their trust in him as the only place one can get help is from God.
The man of God said nobody should go to the occult world to seek for help as any power outside God has expiry dates.
On Saturday, Eze Emeka Ihunwo had conferred chieftaincy titles on three non-indigenes of the community. He conferred the title of Eze Chituru of Woji on Orom Nte. Ani Anthonio Onu was conferred with Eze Obanya obi of Woji while Engr Aligbe bagged Eze Chigozilemma of Woji.
Eze Woji charged the awardees to be good ambassadors of Woji Kingdom, adding that the kingdom does not sell its chieftaincy titles but will give to deserving persons who have excelled in their contribution to the development of the community.
Ihunwo said it has been the custom of woji to recognise non- indigenes living with them, adding that even foreigners have in the past been recognised awarded titles.
He said the community has also extended its scholarship programmes and employment opportunities to non-indigenes in the community, and urged others to reciprocate same in their communities as no community can be built by only indigenes.
He urged the inducted chiefs to build synergy with the community with a view to fast tracking its development and charged them to take the titles as one of those good fortunes of life.
The awardees who spoke to newsmen thanked the Paramount Ruler and the Woji Council of Chiefs for the honour, promising to remain law-abidding as well as support the development of the community.

By: John Bibor

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VC Charges Tertiary Institutions On Research

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Acting Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Prof. Okechuku Onuchuku, has called on tertiary institutions in Nigeria to move away from the principles of “publish or perish” and focus more on research results and outcomes that would attract industries for funding.
Onuchuku gave the advice recently when he received the Local Organising committee members of the Fifth Annual International Conference of the Society of Agriculture, Environmental Resource and Management (SAEREM) on a courtesy visit in his office.
Noting that the outcomes and results of such research would not only solve societal problems, but also help the university to generate funds from its commercialisation and capitalisation, the Acting VC said “industries and private individuals that invest in such research project would also reap from their investment with government regulating”.
He encouraged lecturers to make their research work visible for citing, emphasizing that such activities would increase the popularity of the scholar and the rankings of the University.Onuchuku commended the Committee for making IAUE their choice destination for the forth-coming conference with the theme, “Impacts of Climate Change and Oil Pollution on Environmental Resources, Food Production, Biodiversity and Economy Growth”, stressing that the conference would provide avenue for cross fertilization of ideas and showcase the institution.
He also stated that participants would gain from the interactions and presentations that would enhance their academic growth.
The Chief Executive hinted that the agricultural sector remains the largest employer of the labour force in the country and encouraged the Committee to come up with ideas, best practices and break-throughs that can improve food production, promote sustainable food solution, increase food security and eradicate hunger and poverty.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the Fifth Annual International Conference of SAEREM, Professor Godfrey Kalio, expressed appreciation to the Vice Chancellor for the support towards the hosting of the conference, saying that the conference would impact globally on the rankings and visibility index of the University.
In his vote of thanks, Dr. John Chukwumati of the University of PortHarcourt thanked the Vice Chancellor for the opportunity to visit.

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