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JOB OPENING FOR ARCHITECTS

Published in Labour
Monday, 12 October 2015 12:46

An architectural Firm based in lekki- Lagos requires the services of Competent,resourceful and result oriented individuals to fill the following vacancies:

SENIOR ARCHITECT

Location: Lekki (based)

QUALIFICATION:
• Minimum of M.Sc Architecture or its equivalent
• Architect with 5+years plus years relevant working experience preferably in an architectural firm

Responsibility:

• Preparation of preliminary design schemes for clients approval
• Must be creative, intuitive with high level design ability
• Proficiency in 2D/3D, Animation will be an added advantage
• Ability to produce detailed Architectural working drawings and contract documents including details, specifications etc. with minimum supervision.
• Ability to reconcile/coordinate work of other professionals, engineers, quality surveyors, to deliver high quality projects/developments
• Tender documentations and project management
• Must have good leadership and management skills.

SITE ARCHITECT
Location: Lagos

QUALIFICATION:
• Minimum of M.Sc Architecture or its equivalent

Responsibility/experience

• 2-5 years post qualification experience with veritable experience in residency services especially in residential estate development.
• Experience in site Administration and Project management
• Excellent communication skills
• Project management software proficiency
• Must be able to multi-task in a high pressure environment
• Strong Communication Skills
• Preparation of comprehensive working drawings and construction details
• AutoCAD proficiency, 2D, 3D, Animation design, Corel Draw, Ms Office, automated tools, self starters, hard working and ability to meet set targets.

 

General Requirement :

  • Discipline and sound Work Ethic.
  • REVIT architecture and/or SketchUP, AutoCAD‎ knowledge.
  • Willingness to learn
  • Site Experience/Enthusiasm, a keen sense of details and perfectionist tendencies
  • Design savvy.

*Living around the Eti-Osa LGA,Lekki and Lekki-Epe Expressway axis will be an added advantage

Send a copy of your CV and PORTFOLIO of DESIGN works (if portfolio is available)

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The Folly of the Creative Genius

Common mistakes architects and architecture students make

Architects are incredibly smart people, there’s definitely no disputing that fact. Over time, they develop a specific skillset which enables them to work under pressure and stress and still produce results with a reasonable degree of accuracy and excellence. In school, you have to juggle design studio (months’ worth of back- breaking work which ultimately culminates in a five to ten minute presentation) with regular coursework – both general classes and architecture based courses like Architectural History, Climatology, and Building Materials etc. In practice, whether in design, construction or some other enterprise, one is called to draft, supervise and consult with the client, contractors and sometimes other designers as well.

A friend of mine once remarked, “Having the same 24hours in a day as everyone else isn’t fair. It’s cheating!” Many share this sentiment but sadly, professionals in other fields experience the same kind of stress and even more in some cases. Giving in to this form of reasoning has however caused many of us creative geniuses to be branded poor time managers, negligent, hasty, moody and perpetually tired-looking people (I don’t mean to sound harsh but I have honestly heard worse). Below are a few of the mistakes architects and architecture students (myself included) make. I have also tried to include a few suggestions I think will help you stay on top of that seemingly impossible to-do-list.

 

  

Failing to master the art of backing up our work 

“No time”- the biggest lie we tell ourselves.

Incredible how something as small as copying CAD drawings and reports into a CD or flash drive could make a huge difference in the face of a major workplace crisis. The time we did not have to put our work   together seems to suddenly create itself when PCs crash, files get corrupted etc. Just last week, the desktop used for most of the work at the firm I am currently doing my 6month SIWES program in crashed. Now everyone has to go dig up all the drawings on their laptops so we can edit them and fill-in whatever changes are missing. The worst part is having to re-type ALL the financial reports we could get our hands on from August last year till now. We would have been saved all this trouble if we had backup files somewhere. If you are not a fan of hardware (maybe because you will lose them or get them damaged), there are other options.

Another way you can save yourself wasting time over lost work is by preserving them in cyber space beforehand. A couple of years ago, I lost all the handwritten manuscripts I had. It was a painful experience, and even more was the fact that they were fiction and they had taken months to put together. An older friend who happens to write for a living advised me to try emailing them to myself (and probably mark them as ‘Important’ to avoid having to scroll through hundreds of irrelevant Newsletters, Social Media notifications etc.).  

 

 Procrastination and indefinite postponing

“I’ll do it later.” (But you never do, do you?)

This is one of the greatest thieves of our time. I had a classmate who was always known to start EVERY assignment the day it was given and as far as I know, she was never behind in any of her schoolwork. This might not be possible for everyone, but you can at least kill the habit of putting things off till “later”.  For architecture students, you can at least put your resources together (save web pages, mark pages of books or PDFs, download pictures or videos etc.), buy all necessary materials or make up an outline if it involves more writing than drawing. For the practicing architect, you could use your phone to make notes on expenses and income, set reminders , print your work as soon as you get the chance (four letters: P-H-C-N), make phone calls immediately the need arises etc.  

And if all else fails, a sure-fire way is to keep the deadline in view. I mostly make a personalized time-tracker type calendar and post it on the wall of my room. On one side I draw up a calendar and count down till the deadline (you can have the date circled in red, if that will help) and on the other side, I make a list of all I have to do e.g. titling/paneling drawing sheets, graphic designs for preliminaries, develop design concept etc.       

    

Last minute “rush-work”

“Deadline is best motivation”

Anyone who has experienced having a presentation due the next day and not being anywhere close to finished would tell you that they felt like every creative fibre in their bodies had fizzled out. Deadline in this case would much rather be the greatest source of a nervous breakdown.

You could have all these great ideas but because you did not start out early enough or take time to do your research, you end up looking like you do not have the slightest clue as to what you’re doing. You stutter, you stammer, you drop things- you are everything but composed. To prevent such experiences from occurring, you must from the outset of a given project establish a game plan. That is, make a list of what needs to be done and when you need to have it finished so you do not hold the rest of the work up.

 

 

Not delegating work overload

“I started it, so I should finish it”

Most architects I know happen to be perfectionists by nature and the ones who aren’t hate the thought of being blamed for someone else’s mistakes. Hence, the tenacity with which we cling to responsibilities which are not beyond our abilities but simply too much to handle at one time. If you have too much on your plate, you should let others in on the work. Even if you have your ‘standards’, you could still find a way around it. One way to do this would be to have others start it off and do the finishing touches yourself. That way, you help others learn and do not disappoint people- your classic win-win scenario.

 

 Forgetting that you are still human

People who are generally busy form the bad habit of neglecting their health and general well-being. You must realize that projects will come and go, but your health will not. Here are a few tips I believe will help you  

-          Avoid sitting in the same spot for too long. Take a walk, get some fresh air.

-          If you have to chew gum or drink coffee to help stay awake, make sure it’s in reasonable quantities. You could also try to make healthier choices like substituting sweetener for sugar, buying only dentist-approved gums like Orbit etc.

-          Try to plan your meals against weeks you know you will be too busy to cook. You could pack food in small microwavable plastics, stock up on healthy snacks like fruits, granola bars, crackers, fibre biscuits etc. 

-          Take a nap. Even if it’s just for a few minutes. I sometimes have to time myself when I need to sneak a nap into my day. If you feel a headache coming on, there’s no point in pushing yourself too hard. Coming up with ideas at this point will be harder anyway so why not do yourself a favour and take a break?

-          Exercise. This has got to be the hardest of all. Busy schedules do not afford most of us the luxury of spending hours at the gym, or walking the dog (if you have one) or jogging round the neighbourhood. We all can’t have set-in-place workout routines but there are still ways through which you can keep fit. For example, I sometimes stop the cab a little distance away from where I live and take a 10-15 minute walk on my way home from work.

Remember, hard work is not always smart work. If you are almost always drained and still have little or nothing to show for it, maybe you need to change the way you work.

 

 

 

Killing the Art

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 17:14

Killing the Art

 

“Architecture is a thing of art, a phenomenon of the emotions, lying outside questions of construction and beyond them”

 

-          Le Corbusier 1887-1965

(Swiss-born French Architect)

 

 

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) - is it truly the enemy of creativity and innovation or is it the creative genius’ best friend? Talk to a few professionals who have been in the business for a while and you might come to believe Computer- Aided Design has more or less stuck a knife to the very heart and soul of our beloved Architecture- ART. Today, just about anyone can certify their self an architect by becoming knowledgeable in the use of one design software or another. The world of architecture is now being overwhelmed with an influx of people who never understood architecture to be an art and never learned the scientific principles bordering functional design and the promotion of efficient work/ living spaces etc. A “designer” doesn’t even need to know how to hold a pencil let alone understand the ‘Elements and Principles of Design’. The result? - An alarming landslide of outrageously hideous structures which are an affront to the tenets of the built environment. Architecture, especially in this part of the world, is gradually being stripped of some of its most vital components- beauty and harmony. 

The trained designers are now caught up in the whirlwind of cut-throat competition, struggling to remain relevant in a field that is rightfully theirs- a phenomenon I like to call ‘Professional Paranoia’. In a bid to save money on professional fees, clients would much rather employ people who seem to know a thing or two about building design and construction. In school, we are told how architects used to be in charge of every single part and process involved in construction- sculptures, murals, furniture design, landscaping etc. Encyclopedia Britannica actually states that architects used to be called master builders. Today, however, architects are mostly only consulted during the design stage.

This problem has not just affected architecture in practice, it affects the architect-in-training as well. It is now the theme of the usual 5 to 10 minute tirade in design studio classes. Most lecturers have come to believe the advent of CAD has done more harm than good; “things were not like this in our time”, or “students today are lazy, no one wants to draw perspectives or anything else by hand anymore”, “the studios are empty not just at night, but in the daytime too”, are a few of the remarks commonly made by lecturers.

But as always, there are two sides of the coin. In terms of speed and accuracy, CAD’s contribution cannot be overlooked. It has also offered diverse means through which architects can present their ideas, especially in a way those outside the field can appreciate and relate to. On the other hand, it has fostered a somewhat lackluster attitude, mostly in students, towards individualizing design ideas (that is, coming up with a unique style of presentation). Only a few are exempt from having slipped into the rot of the “get it done and get it done quickly” mentality. It is not strange to hear people say things like, “I can finish my design in a week or less so I don’t have to start right away.”  Years ago, a slight alteration to dimensions or space arrangements on a floor plan could mean having to re-draw the entire layout. Today, however, with a few clicks of your mouse you could correct whatever needs changing and even reverse your actions whenever you want to.  

One of the dangers of this kind of ease is complacency, the great foe of innovation. Why sit hunched over a drawing board when in less than half the same time, you could achieve far better results with the right blend of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software and other accessories used in creating life-like renditions of buildings? No more paper-cut or blade-sliced finger tips – hello to 3D printing! With structures soaring to new heights in the world of engineering, no one has time for the old-fashioned pen and ink drawings or presentation drawings in watercolour or some other medium.

But again, maybe this is the art of the 21st century. Perhaps this in itself is another artistic movement of man and machine working hand-in-hand. Architecture has always been defined as both an art and a science. These days, the emphasis seems to be different; there is a dramatic shift in the way the environment is now perceived, portrayed and participated in. The theme(s) of modern art and architecture must of necessity transcend the traditional forms and construction techniques of the past - not discarding it all together, thus rendering it obsolete or irrelevant. And what better way to portray the “machine age” than designing mind-blowing images and constructing intimidating structures BY machines?

 

 

  

Controversy Trails Construction of Calabar to Benue Highway

Published in Critique
Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00

Cross River is one of the states in Nigeria where federal roads are in very bad state, so that motorists and other road users travail before arriving at their destinations. Travelers have had to sleep on both roads while many must see their doctors once they are able to make it through.

Such terrible roads include federal link roads to South-South and South-eastern parts, the Odukpani/Uyo federal highway. The other is the link between northern states, i.e. Ikom/Ogoja/Benue road.

There have been countless efforts to get these roads fixed to no avail. Key lawmakers representing these federal districts have often returned to tell unpalatable stories which have rather aggravated the people's anger.

The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC has had to work doubly hard to evacuate casualties on both roads. FERMA officials in Calabar have said that since December 2013 they have not received funds and materials to enable them fix roads in the state.

But Governor Ben Ayade is determined to change all that with readiness to construct a brand new 240km superhighway from the southern to the northern part of the state.

Ayade has vowed to squeeze water out of the many rocks that inundate the state in order to ensure he stands out with this road.

On his inauguration three months ago, he listed two key projects which he prays God will help him to accomplish in his first term. This superhighway is one. Brand new Deep seaport is another.

He said he is ready to infuse all his energies to ensure their completion but are presently eliciting both criticisms and sincere praises beyond the state.

Ayade has said the two are his signature projects, and President Muhammadu Buhari has given him backing. Ayade said the president has also indicated strongly to flag them off come September 21.

The 240km superhighway will stretch from end of Calabar to Bekwarra local government council near Benue State. The deep seaport which construction is about to begin is at Ikang near Bakassi.

Few persons have began to think that the superhighway to be constructed by a frontline German engineering firm can hardly be achievable given the mounting debts and very little federal allocation coming to the state.

But Ayade who appears to have a lion-heart has assured that little or no funds belonging to the state would be used to complete the two projects, which President Buhari has instructed that they be completed in two years.

The governor had inspected a section of the superhighway at Oban near Calabar with the team of experts. The superhighway will otherwise be an evacuation road from the proposed deep seaport expected to be at the Ikang end of the Bakassi sea, and is to terminate at the boundaries between the state and Benue State

To concretise the proposed road project, a Germany firm, Broad Spectrum Industrial Services Ltd, has released €500 (Five Hundred million Euros) being eighty per cent funding for the road construction. Ayade confirmed that "Already the markings of the super highway have been done, the clearing has been done, earth work has commenced."

But environmentalists and forestry experts have challenged Ayade over impending destruction of large part of their vast forests.

Sir Effiom Ekpenyong, a friend of the environment, said the government should be ready to compensate for such massive destruction of forest and properties along the marked roads.or the deep seaport, he disclosed that design work and other equipment required for the construction have since been ready, and that technical experts were also on hand.

According to Ayade's Chief Press Secretary, Mr Christian Ita, who spoke for the governor, the seaport which is conceived to serve the entire land-lock north-eastern and south-eastern flanks of the country would be self-funding, thereby revving up the state income.

He estimated that the port shall be raking in not less than thirty million dollars per year from patronage at the port going by the Memorandum of Understanding they are to sign with Chad and Niger, which are also land-locked.

Chief Executive Officer of the German firm, Michael Havre, assured that they would work to specification and duration, assuring that their partnership with Cross River State would be beneficial.

Ita stated that another Chinese firm has since arrived as principal partners for the seaport construction. They are from "Juanguin" in China, and are described as the best in the development of the deep sea port."

Further in his first three months as governor, 5000 houses are also to be built by Ayade's government throughout the18 local government councils of the state to further ease the burden of the low income earners.

To this end, Daily Trust learnt that an Irish company called Affordable Homes Concepts Ltd has signed Memorandum of understanding with the state government to build the houses.

In a recent twist, however, the Nigerian government has been inundated with complaints from relevant stakeholders and some international organisations including the British Government through their High Commission in Nigeria over the proposed super highway connecting Calabar and Obudu traversing the Cross River National Park.

Uncomfortable with the proposed super highway project being undertaken by the Cross River State Government, a number of international bodies including the Britain have raised the alarm over the project, saying it constitutes threat to livelihood.

A German firm, which plans to invest over 500m Euro on the project many have suspended work.

It was also learnt that the Germany firm, Broad Spectrum Industrial Services and the China Harbour Engineering Company firms may have put on hold all plans for the proposed 260 km super highway and the deep sea port in the state.

This is coming to fore just as unconfirmed sources says President Mohammadu Buhari, who was billed for the ground breaking of the project has suspended the occasion based on environmental issues raised by international organisations and the Federal Ministry of Environment.

Both the German and Chinese firms, and others involved in the project and seaport may have stopped work pending the resolution of all issues raised by the international organisations.

But, reacting to the letter from the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, in a press statement said that "the proposed road would not traverse the Cross River National Park, as the superhighway is several kilometres far removed from the National Park. Based on the input of the Cross River National Park, the road has since been rerouted with the alignment now several kilometers away from the Park".

Nigerian Construction Award to Hold November

Published in Events
Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00

The maiden edition of the Nigerian construction awards have been launched in Lagos to honor companies and individuals for their accomplishments and stride in Nigeria construction industry.

According to the organizer, the awards which will comes up on November, 25, 2015 at the Eko hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, will help showcase how construction industry is pivotal to the economy of the nation.

Speaking at a press briefing to launched the awards, Mr. Akin Naphtal, the CEO of Instinct wave, publisher of Instinct Business magazine, the organizer of the award said the event is to recognize and reward company and individuals who are pushing new frontiers in the industry and have exceptional in the past.

"The construction sector plays an important role in economic growth. However, the construction sector has been overlooked in terms of rewarding innovation and creativity. Our goal is to celebrate the achievements of those construction companies and individuals who have made it their responsibility to transform the construction industry and advance the country's infrastructural development," the CEO said.

Mr. Naphtal also said that awards will also present opportunity for stakeholders to advocate for the industrialization of the country by way of investments in the area of civil engineering, building construction, and industrial construction and residential and beautification.

"Every ambition of the Nigerian government has such creating much needed housing, improving public services, developing its tourist sector, improving transport links, creating new jobs and eradicating poverty can be linked to the construction sector," Mr. Naphtal said.

According to him, the awards ceremony will not just be another networking but will create the platform for companies and individuals to tell their success stories and accomplishments while creating inroads to generate synergies in the sector.

Precautionary Measures to Developers

Published in Real Estate
Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00

Advocacy planning was a prescription meant for urban planners, the theory applies to all professions and disciplines that confront the political and ethical dilemmas bound up in their practices-social work, public health, public administration and all of the social sciences that deal with urban policy. In the context of acquisition and development of land in the FCT, advocacy planning shall include:

1. Advising the Authority on the liberalization of land acquisition and development by relaxation of strict requirements wherever it exists.

2. Guiding the prospective developer on how to apply for land and successfully get allocation without engaging in illegality.

3. Advising the Authority on how to amicably resolve the plight of the original inhabitants of Abuja.

4. Guiding the developer on how to apply for development permit and obtain the approval to commence and complete development.

5. Guiding developers to avoid unnecessary loss of their developments to demolitions in the event of any form of illegality.

6. Advising property owners and developers to take precautionary measures when entering into agreements on development or sale of their properties to guide against falling into wrong hands and getting defrauded.

Precautionary measures

1. When people are allocated plots in Abuja they must strive towards its development. One risks revocation of his allocation when he fails to develop, especially if infrastructure is provided to the neighbourhood.

2. Unfortunately, many property developers acquire land more through financial transaction than direct allocation. People must take precautions against acquiring fake or cloned title documents. Because, even after successfully acquiring building plans approval, once the tittle documents are fictitious, the approval is futile.

3. Prospective developers must conduct a search at the AGIS before any land transaction. Successful search is not enough to seal a deal. To guard against buying a cloned document, it is very necessary to trace the plot's ownerships history and directly reach and confirm that it was the successive owners that disposed it themselves before reaching the last person transacting the business with you.

4. All layouts in the city or Area Councils must have ministerial approval before the plots are allocated. The precautionary measures to be taken before transactions should include the confirmation whether the plot one intends to acquire have the ministerial approval.

5. Never agree with any authority staff that would claim to stamp your plans and backdate the approval, because he cannot cover you when it is discovered. These activities are fraudulent, and are easily discovered because they can never get the adequate backups from the system and records at the department registry.

6. One can apply and get his building plans approved, so long as he observes the above procedure. If lost he can be guided by the many honest professionals available.

7. All prospective house buyers should also confirm that the mass housing or individual housing developer satisfies all the necessary requirements of land acquisition, including having genuine building plans approval before commencement of work. Otherwise in the event of any illegality the occupants would also be inconvenienced and their investments would be very hard to be recovered from the developer.

8. Developers must also be mindful when committing themselves on bridging finance agreements, especially on partnership for disposal of properties. Because it could turn out that the property owner had prior knowledge that his property cannot be marketed at its expected value, or the owner is a subject of investigation for financial scam.

9. Land owners that entered partnership agreements with financial investors for the developments of their lands for sale, must always be on site to monitor all transactions between the developers and secondary investors. Otherwise, the whole developments could be sold without his knowledge.

Your money is valuable do not risk it under desperation. One must take his time to make proper confirmation otherwise he falls into the wrong hands.

Recommendations

The Authority should start looking for ways to make land available and affordable to as many persons as possible. Such could include the direct land allocation of buildable spaces according to the need.

We would like to advice the control department to open a section for inquiry at least to guide unsuspecting persons against dupes. On the other hand it shall have the benefits of guiding and further adherence to the city master plan and boosts the department's revenue.

The Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), should establish a channel of communication with the FCT Administration in a form of advocacy service, by periodically appraising the performance of the Administration, offering advice on some aspects of implementation of the City master plan and other advice for sustainable development.

 

Source: Daily Trust

'Durable Steel Pipes Can Check Building Collapse'

Published in Materials
Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00

Managing Director of Nigerian Gas and Steel (NGSL), Chief Hasib Moukarim, has enjoined the builders like architects, structural engineers, fabricators and consultants on the importance of Hollow Structural Sections (HSS), a steel pipe in the country.

Moukarim, who made this known in a statement in Lagos, called on builders to consider HSS while soliciting for building material for clients noting that this will reduce to the barest minimum, the spate of building collapse in the country.

He said: "By soliciting for the right steel which is HSS, a steel pipe and tubes for construction of warehouses and buildings, the clients gets the cost saving and the professionals get the credit".

Moukarim added that HSS is a type of steel tube produced by NGSL and have greater strength to weight ratios than wide flange beams.

According to the NGSL boss, most of the new airport terminals and shopping malls in the world are built by HSS because of its big save costing and superior strength; since builders need less steel to do the same job, and less tonnage of weight equals less cost.

"HSS have excellent compression characteristics and exceptional torsional resistance and is available in commercial sizes for the construction of warehouses, terminals, billboards, bridges, malls and towers. It is also used in casing boreholes and for piling soft grounds", Moukarim added.

He also enjoined traders and contractors who travel to foreign countries to import building materials to patronize Nigerian made products to avert capital flight and also enhance local capacity as a way to generate employment.

 

Source: Daily Trust

Collapsed Highway Cut Off Rivers Communities

Published in Environment
Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00

The Aba/Port Harcourt dual carriage road has become a nightmare to thousands of Rivers State residents and indeed visitors to Port Harcourt from other states like Abia and Imo that ply the route on a daily basis.

The Aba/Port Harcourt highway, constructed in late 70's by Dumez Construction Company, is the only link road that connects Rivers and Abia States through the Imo River bridge. Hundreds of motorist that ply the road from Port Harcourt to Aba on a daily basis to transact one business or other are counting their losses just as they look up to federal government's urgent intervention. From Eleme junction to Imo bridge , the long stretch road has collapsed leaving hundreds of motorist that ply the road to the mercy of deep potholes, stressful and heart- ranching traffic grid luck.

The worst hits are the residents of Oyigbo local government council in Rivers State where more than sixty thousands inhabitants of the area have been cut off by the road to the rest of the state. Because of the dilapidated state of the road a journey from Port Harcourt to Oyigbo which ordinarily wouldn't have taken more than twenty minutes last up to four hours. The nature of the terrain has also affected cost of transportation. A journey from Aba to Port Harcourt which cost between N150 to N200 before now cost N400.

But a temporary relief came the way of the road users three weeks ago when Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike awarded contract for the rehabilitation of the road. The governor, who was shocked on the state of the road when he visited Oyigbo, said he would embark on the rehabilitation of the road to ease traffic on the congested road. He said the road is very important to the economic well being of the people of the state. Work have already commenced at the Imo Rivers section of the road where the road rehabilitation is still ongoing just as motorist are still locked up in the stressful traffic grid lock.

 

Source: Daily Trust

APC Stalled Ekiti Airport Project Since 2009 - PDP

Published in Critique
Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:00

The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, blamed the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) over the delay in the execution of the airport project in the state, saying the APC was only ashamed that a PDP government led by Governor Ayodele Fayose was showing the political will to bring the project conceived by the Federal government since 2009 to reality.

In a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Jackson Adebayo, the PDP said the Ekiti Airport project was initiated in 2009 by the Yar'Adua government but frustrated by the APC government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi even though fund was budgeted for it in 2011 by the federal government.

Adebayo was reacting to a statement by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), last Tuesday, where it described the airport project being proposed by Governor Fayose as a "wasteful venture and the most economically unviable project at this period".

File photo: L-R: Former Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Vice Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, ABUAD, Prof. Sidi Osho; founder, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola; former President Goodluck Jonathan; and wife of the founder, ABUAD, Mrs. Modupe Babalola, at the Commissioning of the Ultra-Modern Engineering Faculty Building of the University, in Ado-Ekiti...

In a statement by its spokesman, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the APC which described the project as a white elephant project meant to siphon money from state treasury, adding that "embarking on such a money-consuming project runs contrary to the governor's claim that the state has no money. The N17 billion project would constitute a huge drainpipe on the 'weak economy' of the state."

However, the PDP spokesperson pointed out that "As at 2010, terrain flight check for site selection had been done, site approval obtained from the Ministry of Aviation, perimeter land survey completed, meteorological data (i.e. Wind-Rose) already obtained from the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Form AC-001 had been collected for completion and submission to Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), guidance materials on the procedures to be followed for development and certification of airport and related technical and regulatory requirements to be met had been collected for necessary assessment; and materials needed for runway orientation and establishment of Obstacle Limitation Surfaces had virtually been concluded."

He said APC chose to deprive the State of the Federal government project while running the affairs of the state because of parochial and selfish political reasoning.

Adebayo added: "Instead of the APC government of Dr Kayode Fayemi to collaborate with the Federal government on the airport project, he, out of political vendetta told the Federal government that airport was not the priority of the State.

"However, the same Fayemi, who had said that the airport was not necessary, describing it as a white elephant project complained when the then President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan visited Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, that the non take-off of the airport project was slowing down the pace of economic activities in the state?

"Also, during campaigns for the presidential election, Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola said here in Ado Ekiti that an airport will be built in Ekiti State if General Mohammadu Buhari become president.

"Isn't it therefore hypocritical and shameful that the APC is opposing the same project promised when they were seeking Ekiti people's votes?"

Speaking further, the PDP spokesperson said; "The APC is known for reneging on its promises and this, the people of Ekiti State have known. We all remember that during the tenure of APC chieftain, Niyi Adebayo, he said the state had no money to dualise any road in the state, Ayodele Fayose came on board and dualised all the major entry points to Ado-Ekiti.

"Fayose is in the saddle now. The political will and prudence that the APC lacks, he has and he is showing them. This is not strange. Fayose and the PDP are known for scoring first in good things in Ekiti State.

"All the states that were created in 1996 like Ekiti have airports or at least airstrips. The APC is only showing malice and bitterness about the project because they know that by God's grace, the project will be executed by Fayose and an airplane will land on Ekiti soil very soon.

"Leaders, stakeholders including traditional rulers in Ekiti State who mean well for the state and the people are solidly behind the project. They know there is need to open up the state for businesses. They know that if it is a standard airstrip they state deserves one.

"If the APC has started to experience belly aches because of the airport project, we advise them to be ready to take more analgesic, as Fayose and the PDP will deliver to the good people of the state many goodies. One of it is that flyovers will be built to decongest traffic in some points in Ado-Ekiti.

Adebayo enjoined the people to continue their support for Fayose and the PDP, as the administration would deliver to them more dividends of democracy.

 

Source: Vanguard

Dangote Commissions Tanzania Cement Plant in October

Published in Innovation
Monday, 28 September 2015 00:00

Africa's foremost cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement is set to commission its new 3.0 million metric tonnes per annum cement plant located in Mtwara District of Tanzania on October 10, 2015.

The company will also hold the ground-breaking ceremony for 25 hectares of jetty land at Mgao village in Mtwara District in the country the same day.

The commissioning of the new cement plant, which is part of the company's Africa expansion strategy, will be the fourth in the series after Ethiopia, Zambia and Cameroun. Cement plants due for commissioning this year are located in Senegal and South Africa, while construction works are ongoing in several other African countries.

The ground-breaking for the Tanzanian cement plant was done on May 27, 2013 and within 24 months, the plant is now ready for commissioning. With the plant in operation, Tanzania is on its way to become one of the African countries which are self-sufficient in cement production.

Governments and distinguished Africans have been commending the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote for his massive investments across Africa. Nigeria's Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, at the commissioning of the plant in Zambia, lauded Dangote on his investments in several African countries, saying the Nigerian government was proud of him.

Osinbajo, who described Aliko Dangote as an exceptional African entrepreneur, commended his phenomenal vision, entrepreneurship and commitment to the development of Africa and Africans.

The VP said, "Dangote is a Nigerian from Kano State, and a pan-Nigerian and pan-African who has done us all proud. His companies spread over 16 African countries are a signal of an African multinational enterprise."

Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, at the commissioning of the 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum Dangote Cement grinding plant in Douala, thanked Dangote for his massive investments in cement plants across Africa. Biya expressed delight that Dangote has shown a willingness to play a significant role in the industrialization of the Cameroonian economy.

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu who also praised Dangote's business ingenuity, said "his business expansion across Africa is worthy of emulation by African businessmen in the task of continental development."

To Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, Dangote has spurred the industrialization of many African economies through the establishment of integrated cement plants, which are geared towards making those countries self-sufficient in cement production.

 

Source: Daily Times

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