October 2011

Transport PS Njiru Wants Isiolo Airport Project Speeded Up

Transport PS Cyrus Njiru has directed the contractor of Isiolo International Airport to hasten the construction work in order to complete the project on schedule. The PS said the project is progressing well but urged engineers to work harder so that the project does not extend beyond March 2012. Njiru told the contractor to ensure the quality of work meet international standards. The construction of the airport will cost the government an estimated Sh640 million.

Two Years On, Lüderitz Low-Cost Housing Project Still Incomplete

A N$14 million low-cost housing project at Lüderitz is still incomplete. The project came to a standstill in 2008 when building companies Etula Construction CC and MC Builders allegedly experienced cash-flow problems.

MEC Says Affordable Housing Still a Challenge

Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi said middle income households still face a challenge of accessing funds for affordable housing. He says promotion of vibrant and effective partnerships is urgently needed to address the funding challenge.

Jica Earmarks U.S.$90 Million for New R. Nile Bridge Construction

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has earmarked nearly US$90m for the construction of a bridge on the river Nile in South Sudan, after undertaking a seven-month feasibility study of the project.

Official Unhappy With Delays in Construction of Houses in Rural Areas

The State Secretary for Rural Development, Filomena Delgado, expressed on Thursday here his dissatisfaction at delays in the construction of residences in rural area of Canaúlo locality, northern Kwanza-Norte province.

Kigali City in the Spotlight

Kigali City Mayor Fidel Ndayisaba speaks to The Independent's Emmanuel Turinomubeezi about new street names, booming costs and a relocated taxi park.

Standard Bank Lends R31-Billion for Homes

Standard Bank financed almost half of all the new homes bought in the past year according to The Sowetan, which claims the bank has helped provide stability and liquidity to the local property market.

Man in Icu After Wall Collapses

What was supposed to be a normal day at work turned out to be something out of a horror movie when the wall of the Woermann Brock shop in Ombili, Katutura, which is under renovation, collapsed on one of the workers late Wednesday afternoon causing serious injury to the man who is now reported to be in the ICU at the Central Hospital.

As Akwa Ibom Spends N100 Billion On Roads Construction

Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government, Umanah Okon Umanah yesterday said that the state government has spent more than N100 billion on roads rehabilitation and construction between 2010 and now. Umanah, who addressed newsmen in Uyo, said "Over 717 federal and state roads were rehabilitated with over N100 billion between 2010".

How We Escaped Death, By Occupants of Collapsed Building

Occupants of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)'s five-story building, which collapsed in Lagos late Wednesday, said they escaped death by the whiskers. A staff of CITN, who was on the third floor of the building when the incident occurred, Olawuyi Charles said she and a few others on the same floor ran to the ground floor, while calling on others to run when the building shook.

Construction of Headquarters for Kumawuman Bank Begins

After twenty-nine years of operation, the Kumawuman Rural Bank is to construct a permanent headquarters at Kumawu, under its expansion programme.

Delta Lawmakers Protest Poor Infrastructure

ESIGNATED with the level of development in the state, Delta House of Assembly, yesterday, passed a resolution adjourning sine dine (indefinitely) except Delta Governor Uduaghan compels contractors handling projects to complete them.

World Population Hits Seven Billion

THE world population will reach seven billion on October 31, said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which country representative Fabian Byomuhangi said presents a serious challenge, opportunity and call to manage the world's resources more prudently.

Keetmanshoop Stadium Progressing Well

THE erection of a fence around the Keetmanshoop Sports Stadium which began at the beginning of last month, has been completed.

Water Situation Remains Critical

THE water situation remained critical in Harare yesterday with council blaming its failure to restore normal supplies on power cuts, which Zesa Holdings rebutted.

Mining Firm Contributes Towards 12YBE

A Gold exploration company, Rogi, Wednesday, donated Rwf 6 million towards the construction of classrooms for 12-year Basic Education at two primary schools surrounding the mineral sites.

Government to Build a New Bridge On the Nile

Plans are underway to build a new and modern bridge on the Rive Nile at about 1.75 kilometers upstream of the present bridge in Juba. This comes at a time when the traffic in and out of Juba is growing steadily while the present bridge, constructed about 1976, is deteriorating and unable to accommodate the big traffic.

Plateau Signs N4.5 Billion Contract for New Government House

Plans by the Plateau State government to add an additional Government's House has yielded result as it has entered into a N 4.5 Billion contract with a construction firm for a befitting modern Government House construction about five kilometers from the present one.

Lightning Kills Four in Katchiungo

Four people were killed in a lightning on Tuesday in the district of Kacthiungo, central Huambo province, Angop learnt.

Do Not Sell Your RDP House - Urges Government

Government has called on beneficiaries of its Human Settlements programme to desist from selling their government-subsidised RDP houses.

Rubbish Collection Fee Tripled in Nampula

Residents of the northern Mozambican city of Nampula are angered at the decision of the municipal authorities to triple the rubbish collection fee, reports Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".

Expert Wants Mtwapa Land User Changed

An estate agent has called for the ministry of Lands and the municipal council of Mombasa to change the status of the Mtwapa town from the current agricultural to commercial and residential user. According to a real estate expert Joel Ombati, agricultural users are lowly valued. He said the change of user in the area will enhance the value and the potential developers will be able to get development approvals quickly.

Eldoret Squatters Agree to Share Land With IDPs

The government has resolved a dispute over 1,000 acres which was purchased for the resettlement of IDPs in Eldoret. Squatters living near the Chemusian farm which the government bought four months ago have now agreed to share the land with some of the families evicted from Embobut Forest in Marakwet.

Dam Will Displace 80,000, Bungoma Activists Say

A group of Bungoma activists have moved to court to block the proposed construction of the multi-billion shilling River Nzoia dam. In their case filed at the Eldoret High Court, the group said the dam is being constructed to supply water for irrigation, sand harvesting and to generate power.

Patients Left to Die During Doctors' Strike

Infant mortality, malaria and HIV/Aids are just some of the health problems facing the Ghanaian population. But as medical professionals struggle with a lack of basic infrastructure and limited resources, the recent strike by doctors over pay has pushed the country's health sector to the limit.

Nairobi Council to Install Sh1 Billion Security Lights

The City Council of Nairobi plans to install security lights in all informal settlements within its jurisdiction by year end at a cost of Sh1 billion.

Basajjabalaba Could Refund Sh1 Billion for Bushenyi Stadium Contract

BUSINESS tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba may be forced to refund the sh946m that he received through his construction company, HABA Group, for a soccer stadium in Bushenyi.

Egyptian Cabinet Approves Decision to Build Zewail Science City

The cabinet, chaired by Premier Essam Sharaf, approved on Wednesday 26/10/2011 a bill to establish Ahmed Zewail City of Science and Technology Egyptian.

Lack of Housing Angers Aussenkehr Residents

THE slow progress in building decent housing at Aussenkehr farm on the Orange River, as an alternative to wood and tin shacks, has local residents up in arms.

Nigeria: CBN Recovers 200 Houses From Former Bank Chiefs

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has recovered 200 houses in the United Arab Emirates, United States and South Africa belonging to the chief executive officers of the failed commercial banks in Nigeria.