Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang has said that compensation will be paid for only the existing structures in 1976/77 with approved building plans on the Calabar-Itu federal road now under construction.
Evang said this on Monday, while inspecting the dualisation project at the Itam axis of the road.
He said that the Federal Government would not pay any compensation on new structures that sprang up when the Federal Government started dualising the road.
The presidential aide said he was in Akwa Ibom to inspect the work done on the road by Julius Berger.
He said that he was also in the state to take a prospective contractor, Arab Contractors Nig. Ltd. on recognisance visit of an 18 kilometre road project to be awarded by the federal government.
“I have observed that on the Calabar-Itu road, particularly from Oku Iboku, Ikot Ukap Itam and Mbak Obio Item, people have started building many huts and kiosks along the road.
“I want to tell them that government will not pay for such structures.
“This is because before the contract was awarded and project announced there was a recognisance that showed the property that were to be compensated for.
“So, you don’t just see the company coming and then you go to build something that was not taken account of at the time the cost of the project was determined.
“People should know that before you are paid any compensation, you have to have building plan approval, an approval that showed that you have right to build in that place.
“That approval to build shows that you owned the land. It is not because you erect the structure and you are entitled for compensation.
“You must be the person that owns the land and it must have been part of the area that was acquired during the 1976/77 construction of that road,” he said.
He advised those building along the road to steer clear the shoulder of the road, drains and areas kept for setback to avoid federal government wrath.
He said that Buhari was committed to the construction and completion of the Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekpene road.
Enang said Julius Berger would work from kilometre 60 in Itam to Ayadehe Bridge in Itu Local Government Area while another contractor would handle from that point to Ibiakpan junction by Uyo-Ikot Ekpene road.
He said that funds were already available in the 2018 budget for the 18 kilometre road project.
Also speaking, Controller, Federal Ministry of Works, Akwa Ibom, Mr Nkereuwem Ukpong, said apart from Calabar-Itu road project, the Federal Government had also awarded Abak- Ekparakwa -Ette road contract.
“We have other projects that are still under construction in the state; you cannot measure them in kilometres because they are bridge projects.
“Already there is N11billion for this project in the 2018 budget; it has not been used yet. So there is money for the construction of this road.
“We came for recognisance with the contractor that is going to execute the project. After that, we do the measurement and carry out the design, then the procurement process will follow,” he said.
Edo Moves To Provide Land For Oil Palm Investors
Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, says the state government has concluded plans to open up about 100, 000 hectares of new land for oil palm investors in the state.
Obaseki made this known during the 2019 Alaghodaro Youth Summit held in Benin to mark his third year in office.
He said: “From next month, we will make available 100,000 hectares of new land for oil palm production to investors.
“Indonesia earns more from oil palm production than crude oil. We are going to make Edo the palm oil hub of Nigeria.
“If we are to be able to cultivate 100,000 hectares of oil palm, we will need a minimum of two or three people to cultivate one hectare of oil palm.
“We will have created about 300,000 jobs from oil palm production alone.”
The governor said that his administration was mapping out the state’s economy and looking at the future through its 30-year development plan to know what to spend money on.
“Our Ossiomo independent power supply would soon be available in the state.
“I cannot guarantee that you will have it in your homes, but I can assure you that you will have it to power the street lights, production centres, offices and business centres in the state.”
Obaseki disclosed that he had created 157,000 jobs in the last three years.
According to him, 45,000 jobs were created through job tracking for organisations, 23,000 through Edo Innovation Programme, 1,300 through food and agriculture, and 16,000 through Edo Production Centre.
The governor added that 12,000 other jobs were created through the National Social Investment Programme, 10,000 through the ministry of wealth creation, and 32,000 from indirect jobs.
Climate Change: Experts Demand More Green Buildings
A lecturer in the Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Mrs Olubunmi Ade-Ojo, has called on government at all levels to be proactive about advocacy for green building, as part of measures to control climate change.
Ade-Ojo made this call on the sidelines of the commemoration of the 2019 70th anniversary of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Akure, yesterday.
She observed that people often believed that the maintenance of a green building was expensive and risky due to infestation of reptiles.
The lecturer explained that the land on which people built their houses and used for other activities was gradually reducing on a daily basis.
She, therefore, called on government to formulate policies that would prevent wastage in the society.
Ade-Ojo, also, admonished policy makers across the country to know the importance of the roles of town planners in Nigeria.
He implored state governments across the country, to embark on a massive campaign to sensitise the people on the need to always consult the Ministry of Physical Planing before erecting building structures.
Also, the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Town Planner, Ondo State chapter, Mr Omole Kayode, stressed the need for people to recognise the importance of tree planting in their environment, which, he said, could prevent untimely death in the society.
He observed that the environment was now being compressed due to increase in population and buildings among other things.
Omole stressed that the occasion was to educate the public on the danger of climate change and how to proffer lasting solution to it.
College Begins Construction Of N310m Auditorium
The College of Insurance and Financial Management (CIFM), Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday held the Sod Turning Ceremony of its proposed N310 million auditorium to boost infrastructure development.
President, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Mr Eddie Efekoha, at the ceremony, handed over the project to Acropolis Contractors for completion within the next 12 months.
Efekoha said that the institute would continue to invest in manpower development which is its core mandate to upgrade insurance practice and industry in Nigeria to meet up with global standard.
He urged the contractors to cooperate with the college during the course of the construction, to ensure timely completion of the project.
In his address, Chairman , Governing Council, CIFM, Mr Muftau Oyegunle, said that the college had continued to make tremendous progress in terms of infrastructure development.
“Academically, we are forging ahead, and in terms of infrastructural development, we have continued to make progress,” he said.
Oyegunle commended the CIIN President for carrying out the project during his tenure and also investing in the college.
Rector, CIFM, Mrs Yeside Oyetayo, told newsmen on the sideline of the event that the college was depending on a grant from the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and support from other sponsors to fund the project.
Oyetayo said that the 1,650-capacity auditorium was expected to be delivered in the next 12 months.
“The estimate amount for the project is about N310 million with consultancy fee and we expect that it will be delivered in 12 months.
“For now, we are relying on NAICOM grant to fund the project, while expecting that other sponsors would also come up to assist,” she said.
CIFM is a full-fledged college set up by CIIN to undertake its training function.
The College provides in-depth training in insurance, financial management, marketing and other related fields.
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