December 2011

Buildings Contribute to Climate Change - Expert

The type of material used and the technology employed in the construction of buildings are some of the factors that contribute to climate change, Professor Akaka Zazan Uji of the Department of Architecture in the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, has said.

Banned Group Urges Squatters to Resist Eviction From Ancestral Land

An outlawed group has called on more than two million squatters to resist evictions until the government resolves the thorny land issue at the Coast.

Housing PS Warns Against Poor Plans for Urban Structures

MUNICIPAL councils in the country have been cautioned over poor planning of urban centres.

Mombasa Rowdy Youths Boo PC Over Demolitions

JAMHURI Day celebrations in Mombasa were marred by youths who demonstrated over demolition of houses in Chaani and others planned for Kwa Bulo area in Kisauni constituency. There was tension as Kisauni MP Hassan Joho who had earlier threatened to publicly denounce and humiliate Coast PC Ernest Munyi made his way to the dais.

GSU Homes Along Thika Road to Be Demolished

HUNDREDS of General Service Unit officers living at Drive-In-Estate along Thika Road risk spending Christmas out in the cold after the High Court ordered the demolition of their 196 maisonettes. The GSU servicemen and hundreds of residents living on adjacent plots are affected by an eviction order issued on November 24, 2011 by Lady Justice Koome. The order will also see the removal of Rafiki Enterprises from the 28-acre piece of land which is owned by Afrison Export Import Limited and Huelands Limited.

Raila Blames Council Chiefs Over Dump Site

KISUMU city council found itself on the spot over its reluctance in relocating the dumpsite with prime minister Raila Odinga terming the dumpsite menace a shame and pointer to the council's poor management. The PM accused the council officers for their lack of commitment towards relocating the current dumpsite away from the city centre.

New Model Houses for Kleinmond

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has handed over 410 specially designed housing units to the Kleinmond community in Cape Town.

Council, Chiefs Discuss Land for Development

MANSA Municipal Council has started talks with some chiefs aimed at converting land from traditional leasehold to State land to be used for modern infrastructure development projects.

Tsumeb to Get Railway Sleeper Factory

DORROS Investments has cashed in on Namibia's rail development, partnering with TransNamib and Indian company GPT Infraprojects to establish a factory at Tsumeb to manufacture concrete railway sleepers.

BRD Lends Teachers FRW 1.5 Billion to Build Houses

Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) has extended a loan facility of Frw 1.5 billion to Umwarimu, a teacher's cooperative and credit organization, to boost its financial capacity to fund a housing program for its members.

The Paradox of Power

At the height of his power, Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire appeared as if he was in complete control of the country and its people. Yet beneath this veneer lay an ugly reality: Mobutu was entrapped. Having personalized power, or created a myth thereof, evoking his name became a key to unlock access to power, privilege and wealth - but equally a cover for public officials to swindle public resources without taking personal responsibility.

National Assembly Needs N$500 000 for New Parliament Building Study

Following its N$127 million request earlier in the year for the building of a new parliament building, the National Assembly (NA), is still waiting for N$500 000 needed to conduct a feasibility study to find out whether the site is feasible.

Three Escape Death in Lagos Building Collapse

No fewer than three persons narrowly escaped death, yesterday, when a two-storey building, belonging to The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, located at 7, Afolabi Ground, Obayan Street, Akoka, Lagos, collapsed on workers.

Mansa Council in Fire Tender SOS

MANSA Municipal Council has appealed to Government and other well-wishers to help it acquire a fire tender to replace the one that was set ablaze by rioters in April this year.

Rebels Threaten Oil Company Against Pipeline Construction Deal With South Sudan

The South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) advised Total Oil Company not to construct oil Pipeline from South Sudan through Uganda to the Port of Kenya without prior approval from the revolutionary forces. The group claimed that the construction of Oil pipeline from South Sudan to Kenya cannot be done without SSLA participation and approval.

Governor Wants Speed in Houses Construction

The governor of Kuando-Kubango, Eusébio de Brito Teixeira, over the weekend said he hopes that the construction programme of 200 residences in each of the nine districts of the province will soon be a reality, ANGOP has learnt.

Collapse Building - One Trapped, Three Escape Death

Barely 15 days after the collapse of a three-storey building in Ikeja, Lagos, another building collapsed Monday, in Akoka, trapping a yet-to-be indentified person, even as three people were rescued from the rubbles.

HF Eyes More Revenue From House Construction

Mortgage lender Housing Finance has projected that its house construction and commission agency businesses will contribute up to 40 per cent of the company's total revenues in the next five years.

Demolition - 250 House Owners to Get N300 Million Compensation

About 250 people whose houses were demolished for the road expansion project in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital, are to be paid N300 million by the state government as compensation.

Shells for Small and Medium Enterprises

OVER 100 SMEs are set to benefit from the construction of factory shells in Hatcliffe Extension. Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony at Pamuzinda Community Centre in Hatcliffe yesterday, Small and Medium Enterprises and Co-operatives Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni said most SMEs were struggling financially owing to high rentals.

Cabinet Council Approves Private Investment Projects

The Angolan Cabinet Council Monday in Luanda approved the "Comandante Gika" private investment projects, Angop learned.

Angola Authorises Deal With Builder

The Angolan Cabinet Council Monday in Luanda gave the Finance minister green light to negotiate and sign two financial agreements with Luminar Finance LR estimated at Usd 2.5 billion for the construction of projects of public interest and economic houses in all provinces of the country.

Nairobi Slum Residents to Build Homes Without Government Help

As hundreds of slum residents know all too well, nothing is safe or certain when the threat of government eviction looms.

High Population to Affect Housing

The Government has warned that the country's high population growth rate will increase housing shortage, as more people move from rural to urban areas.

940 New Schools to Be Built in 2012

The Mozambican government intends to expand the country's school network by 6.3 per cent in 2012.

Ga East Assembly Commissions Two New Classroom Blocks

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA), John Kwao Sackey, has reiterated the government's commitment to provide quality educational infrastructure at all levels of education in the municipality, and the nation at large.

Iran Constructs Community Center Complex for Kumbungu

The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is supporting its counterpart in Ghana (Government of Ghana) with funds for the construction of a Community Center Complex for the Chiefs and people of Kumbungu in the Tolon-Kumbungu District of the Northern Region.

Kabusa - A Slum Settlement On the Edge

CHIKA OKEKE of LEADERSHIP SUNDAY observes that Kabusa, a hidden, but fast growing community in the FCT appears unworried about the administration's impending restoration of the Abuja master plan, unlike other slum settlements already yielding to the plan.

New Face of Benin-Ore Road

The failed sections on the Benin-Ore portion of the popular Benin-Shagamu express way appear to have received a solution from the government afterall. FRED ITUA who was on that road recently, writes on the new state of the road and presents reactions from Nigerians.

Rakai Homes Directed to Have Rainwater Tanks

Rakai District authorities have started a campaign which requires every household to own a rainwater harvesting facility, a move aimed at reducing water scarcity during dry seasons.