August 2011

Landlords Fault House Numbering Charges in Karu LGA

Landlords as well as shop owners at Mararaba in Nasarawa State yesterday faulted notices given by Karu Local Government Area Council, directing them to pay N2, 000 for number plates or plaques for the proposed residential/commercial house numbering exercise in the area.

Oyo Begins Re-Construction of Collapsed Bridges

Oyo State government has begun moves towards the reconstruction of the bridges destroyed by last Friday night's heavy flooding which wreaked havoc on roads and infrastructure in the state and which unspecified number of persons were killed. Many houses were also swept away in the late night downpour that rendered many homeless.

Agency Gives Govt Sh39 Billion for Building Bridge

The construction of Rusumo international bridge and one-stop border post facilities are expected to take off soon following a grant agreement of Sh39billion signed between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Tanzania.

35 Killed As Landslide Hits Village Near Mount Elgon

A landslide triggered by rainfall this morning killed about 35 people after it buried 16 families in Kimuli village at Bumwidisi hills, Sisiyi sub-county on the slopes of Mount Elgon.

Revamp Urban Water Infrastructure

Driving on the new Eastern bypass from the Kenya Airways headquarters through Embakasi, Utawala and Kangundo Road to connect to Thika Road near Ruiru is quite refreshing.

Build in Slums, Go to Jail - FCT

In a bid to rid the Federal Capital Territory of shanties, the Deputy Director of Monitoring and Enforcement; Development Control Department of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, (AMMC) Mr Tukur Bakori has cautioned developers to desist from erecting on already demolished plots as the department was set to arrest and prosecute anybody caught building on such illegal settlements.

To Be Citizens, Not Children

Tokyo Sexwale recently announced, in Brandfort, in a performance carefully choreographed to be rich with the symbolism of a once insurgent nationalism, that Winnie Mandikizela-Mandela will lead a new government task team on informal settlements. "She will", he said, "help us develop informal settlements because we cannot solve it without the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela motherly heart."

Ogun Awards N1.3 Billion Road Contract

The Ogun State Government on Thursday awarded a N1.3 billion contract for the rehabilitation of the Ibara Round-About-Ita Eko-Totoro Road in Abeokuta, to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).

Mushrooming Kampala Buildings Stay Vacant At the Top Floors

If you own an arcade, shopping mall or plaza in Kampala, you are no doubt considered a tycoon.

Lugbe - Waiting for the Bulldozers

Lugbe, besides Nyanya, is turning out to be the Federal Capital Territory's most popular and populated settlement. Marked by squalor and challenged by the need for sanitation, the settlement has survived episodes of demolition.

Mabushi - Swimming in Squalor

Although it is situated in the heart of the city, Mabushi village is an embodiment of squalor, as the life of the people depicts abject poverty. KEHINDE AJOBIEWE writes.

Mabushi Indigenes Decry Resettlement Plans

Indigenes of Mabushi village, Abuja, at the weekend complained about the resettlement plans set up for the area by officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

FG Offers to Rebuild UN Building

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday promised that Nigeria would help in the reconstruction of the United Nations' building in Abuja destroyed by a bomb blast last Friday.

'How I Lost My Wife, Four Kids in Collapsed Building'

These are not the best of times for two brothers, Sanusi and Mansur Bello. Sanusi lost his wife and four kids when their house collapsed on them last Sunday. Mansur also lost his son while his wife is in critical condition. Weekly Trust visited the families.

Okonjo-Iweala - FG to Prioritise 20,000 Abandoned Projects

The Federal Government has said it will henceforth concentrate on the execution of selected projects across the country, for which available resources could handle within life span of the present administration.

Pearl Cluster Project to Commence October

Construction of the Kamfinsa Cluster Houses by property concern, Pearl Properties Limited, is expected to commence a month later than initially scheduled, it has been learnt.

CHRA Supports Harare Mayor

The Combined Harare Residents Association (chra) Board and Membership Would Like to Publicly Support the Mayor of the City of Harare .

Government and Villagers Collide Over Dam

An Explosive Situation is Looming Here Over the Proposed Relocation of Over 6 000 Villagers Who Should Make Way for the Completion of the Giant Tokwe-Murkosi Dam.

Masvingo Sets Up Land Task Force

The Masvingo provincial leadership has set up a taskforce to identify land to re-settle nearly 3 000 families to pave way for the construction of Tokwe-Murkosi Dam.

Brick-Clad Houses Are Built to Last

Mr Yusuf Hassan, a resident of Lubowa constructed his house 20 years ago because of the use of brick cladding, his house still looks as good as new. Cladding is material used to cover the exterior walls of a building; it is a process where one material covers another.

1,000 Evicted From Rise Farm

Over 1,000 villagers said to have invaded part of Dominion Rice Farms in Siaya County for cultivation were yesterday evicted by anti-riot police.

Lagos Moves Against Structures On Waterways

LAGOS State government is wrapping up plans to start demolishing structures along drainages, claiming they constitute environmental threat.

Mixed Reactions Trail Lagos Tenancy Law

THE signing of the Lagos State tenancy bill into law has continued to attract reactions from various quarters.

Angola Lays Foundation Stone of New Kilamba City

The head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, Friday laied the foundation stone for the construction of 5,000 social houses in the new city of Kilamba.

Malindi Airport Set to Open New Terminal

Construction work for the Sh160 million new terminal building and control tower at the Malindi airport will end in October. Malindi Airport Manager Walter Agong said yesterday that the airport project is 95 percent complete and the Nairobi-based contractor Dickways Company is giving it the last touches.

Community Opposes Lamu Port Project, Protests Land Grab

Lamu residents are up in arms over the proposed Lamu port which they say will be built on grabbed land.

Baby, Six Others Die in Ibadan Flood

Seven Persons Including a New born baby and five women were on Friday killed while about 20 others went missing during a downpour that lasted several hours in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

Flood Renders 182 Homeless in Yobe

More than 182 residents of Machina, Yobe, were on Wednesday rendered homeless following a flood which submerged their homes and farmlands.

Official Assures Replacement of Water Supply Network Soon

The replacement process of urban network of clean drinking water in Lubango city, southern Huíla province, starts this year, announced Friday the provincial governor, Isaac dos Anjos.

Candid - Katanga Through the Lens

The photographs were pegged on wires that ran across the rooftop of one of the oldest permanent structures. From a distance, it looked like a clothes line, but on moving closer, the distinct images captured by the camera lens gripped you.