January 2012

Kwara to Demolish Illegal Structures

Daily Trust (Abuja)-The Kwara State Commissioner for Works and Tranport, Dr. Abubakar Amud Kannike, has reinstated the position of the state government to demolish any illegal structure along the major streets in Ilorin, the state capital.

Nigeria Signs TAM Contract With Builders of Refineries

This Day (Lagos)-Worried by the frequent demand for functional refineries in the country as a way out of petroleum products' importation, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has disclosed that Nigeria will this week sign a formal contract for the planned turn-around maintenance (TAM) of all its traditional refineries with their original builders.

Zimbabwe & Zambia to Meet Over Batoka Project

The Herald (Harare)-THE Batoka hydropower project could soon become a reality as Zimbabwean and Zambian energy ministers are due to meet later this month to formalise the start of the project.

State Lists 3,500 IDPs and Forest Evictees for Resettlement

Nairobi Star (Nairobi)-THE government has listed 3,500 families in the North Rift region who will be resettled this year.

What Are the Relations Between Ministry Housing Ross - Juba and the States?

Citizen (Juba)-The author picked this title from article of Comrade Nhial Bol, Staight Talk which appeared in the Citizen newspaper of Friday, Jan. 6,2012-Vol.6 Issue 351,under title:- Why Nunu failed to reveal Capital relocation?Comrade Bol made three major points in his courageous mentioned article.First, the relocation of RSS capital from Juba to Ramciel.

Council of Ministers Directs Ministry to Start Oil Pipeline Construction

Citizen (Juba)-The Council of Ministers in its meeting yesterday directed the Ministry of Petroleum Energy and Mining to embark on the construction of a South Sudan oil Pipeline as an option for the country to stop using the Sudan Oil Pipeline which has caused dissatisfaction between the Sudan and South Sudan.

Kigamboni Bridge to Be Ready in 36 Months

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)-A Sh214.639 billion project was signed yesterday to build a bridge across the Kigamboni Creek.

'Lusaka Fire Was Caused By Welding'

Times of Zambia (Ndola)-THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has said the fire that swept through outlets on Cha Cha Cha in Lusaka on Sunday was caused by welding that was being undertaken on one of the outlets.

Citizens Can Build Cheaper Houses Using Local Technology - Nbbri D-G

Leadership (Abuja)-As the Nigerian housing deficit hits the 18 million mark, the Director-General, Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBBRI), Prof. Danladi Matawal, in this interview says that the agency has developed technologies for building cost effective houses. He spoke to Ngozi Oboh.

No Roads Contract, Unless

Vanguard (Lagos)-Piqued by the high cost of road construction in the country and the need to cut cost, the Federal Government has said it would no longer award contract without budgetary provision or adequate funding to execute such contract.

Entebbe Municipal Council in Fresh Plot to Demolish Kiosks

Monitor (Kampala)-Barely a month after traders blocked Entebbe Municipal Council from demolishing their kiosks in Kitooro, authorities are contemplating fresh ultimatum to effect the same.

State Buys Land for One-Stop Border Posts to Spur Trade

Business Daily (Nairobi)-Kenya has begun acquiring land for the construction of special one-stop-border posts to speed up trade with neighbouring countries.

2,500 Households Face Eviction

Monitor (Kampala)-Tensions are high in Koch Goma and Purongo sub-counties in Nwoya District following an eviction threat by a family that could see more than 2,500 households homeless.

Ministers Now Say Coast Demolitions Will Continue

Nairobi Star (Nairobi)-FOREIGN Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula and the Lands assistant minister Bifwoli Wakoli have said the evictions on illegally acquired and public lands will continue in Coast and other parts of the country to help address the Land problem at the Coast.

Mitumba Slum Dwellers Evicted, Land Fenced Off

Nairobi Star (Nairobi)-The Kenya Airports Authority yesterday forcefully evicted thousands of families from two city slums and fenced off the land.

New Rules to Guide Evictions Issued

Nation (Nairobi)-The Ministry of Lands has released new guidelines that could make it harder to demolish homes put up illegally.

U.S. $4.7 Billion Railway Line Linking Dar, Rwanda, Burundi to Begin 2014

East African (Nairobi)-Construction of the $4.7 billion railway line linking Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania will begin in 2014, after the three governments finalise fund-raising activities.

Danger of FG's Silence On Housing Development

Vanguard (Lagos)-The Federal Government's silence on the utilisation of proceeds from the removal of subsidy on petroleum products to address the housing needs of the populace has highlighted the insincerity of the government to the plight of the citizenry.

Keeping Our City Clean - How Hard Is That?

New Dawn (Monrovia)-There is no excuse for the rubbish on our streets these days and you see it all the time. From mineral water plastic, black plastic bags, old newspapers, food litter, and all manner of wrappers. Whatever happened to keep our city tidy?

It Is Our Duty to Keep the City Clean

Monitor (Kampala)-As part of the campaign to keep the city clean, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has begun to arrest people found littering the environment. At least 28 people were last week arraigned in court after they were arrested by law enforcement officers.

Culture Minister Guarantees Commitment to Construction of Infrastructure

ANGOP (Luanda)-The minister of Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva, guaranteed Sunday in the city of Kuito, that the Angolan government will invest in the construction of various cultural infrastructures in Bié Province.

Shs20 Biliion KCCA Funds Abused, Says Lukwago

Monitor (Kampala)-At least Shs20 billion has been mismanaged in Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) this financial year, the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said.

Construction of Big Arena Gets Going

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)-Construction work of an ultra modern sports arena at Mkuza, Kibaha in Coast region has finally started as Filbert Bayi School's endeavour to turn it into a word class sports academy.

Arusha to Have New City Plan

Citizen (Dar es Salaam)-Arusha City will have a new master plan whose implementation will involve public and private sectors.

Churches Scramble for City Land

Namibian (Windhoek)-WITH the lifting of a moratorium on the sale of land to churches in 2010, some churches are now on a collision course with the Windhoek municipality for either having failed to develop their plots or having defaulted on their instalments.

Neckartal Bidding Process Put On Hold

Namibian (Windhoek)-THE Tender Board on Friday dealt another blow to the controversial Neckartal Dam project after it decided to postpone the awarding of the contested tender for another week and a half.

Central Province Round Up

Times of Zambia (Ndola)-THE three dams constructed at a cost of more than K10 billion at Nansanga Farm Block in Serenje have remained idle due to failure to allocate land to farmers.

Adrenaline Rush With a Township View At Soweto's Towers

RNW Africa (Hilversum)-Poupienah Makgatho drove 100 kilometres (65 miles) from Pretoria to help his terrified wife to overcome her fear of heights -- by bungee jumping off the iconic cooling towers that dominate Soweto's skyline.

Ministers Lead Demo to Oppose Evictions

Nation (Nairobi)-A planned demolition of houses and repossession of illegally acquired land in Athi River took a new turn on Saturday when three ministers and a group of MPs held a rally in the area to block attempts to carry out the exercise.

85 Local Elite Programme Houses Raffled Off

ANGOP (Luanda)-At least 85 economic houses were raffled off Friday in central Benguela province, under the Angola Jovem programme designed for outstanding soldiers, students and professionals, Angop learned here.