Mr Chinedu Anujuru, owner of the eight-storey hotel building under construction that collapsed in Imo, has urged the state to set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to determine causes of the incident.
Anujuru, who is based in Paris, made the call on Thursday, through his Nigerian Attorney and Legal Representative, Mr Soronnadi Njoku, at a news briefing in Owerri.
He said that the panel should be tasked with finding the remote and immediate causes of the building collapse.
Njoku said the Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA), on April 17, 2019, approved a seven-storey building and a penthouse for the owner to erect his hotel project.
He said the approval of the project was contrary to insinuations that the approving authority had only granted approval for a six-storey building and a penthouse.
Njoku said his client regretted the loss of lives, condoled with families of the bereaved and those who had sustained various degrees of injury in the unfortunate incident.
He said the judicial panel of inquiry should conduct unbiased investigation into the main cause of the collapse, rather than relying on mere insinuations.
Njoku said that hasty decisions on the cause of the collapse should not be taken by the state government, especially the purported revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy of the land.
He said the project, valued N4.8 billion, was his client’s contribution toward employment generation and economic growth of his home state.
“Our client is very worried by some utterances, including the purported Interim Report by the Nigerian Institution of Architects, which appears to be highly prejudicial to a fair, impartial and objective determination of the very important question.
‘Why did the building collapse? Our client, being the owner of the collapsed building , is a principal participant in this unfortunate development and it’s both wrong , unfair and unjust to arrive at conclusions, pass judgment and/or take decisions without hearing from him.
” We urge the Imo government to immediately set up a judicial panel of inquiry, because it will have the powers to subpoena and compel the attendance of witnesses, order the production of documents , issue warrants and summons, but above all, create the enabling environment for all persons involved, including our client, to be given fair hearing,” he said.
He said that his client engaged the services of professionals for the project, adding that neither the professionals handling the project nor OCDA raised any issue over the project.
“My client is not an engineer, he only engaged the services of professionals and relied strongly on their advice in carrying out the project,” he said.
Recall that after the building collapsed on May 30, the OCDA General Manager, Mr Innocent Ikpamezie, said the original approval for the project was a six-storey building and a penthouse.
He said the seven-storey building and a penthouse which the contractors later built, and substandard materials used for the project, were basically responsible for the collapse.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)https://nnn.ng/imo-collapsed-building-owner-calls-for-judicial-panel-of-inquiry/
Crawford University appoints new V-C, other principal officers
The Management of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun, on Saturday announced the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Reuben Kolo and other principal Officers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Kolo becomes the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the 15-year old faith-based University owned by the Apostolic Faith Mission, West and Central Africa (WECA).
A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Layi Olajumoke, has it that two other principal officers were ratified by the institution’s Senate.
Mr Moses Itauma becomes the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo was appointed the institution’s Bursar.
“The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, announced that the University’s Board of Trustees and the Governing Council have approved the appointment of Prof Reuben Kolo as the next Vice-Chancellor.
“Also, Mr Moses Itauma as the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo as the institution’s Bursar,” he said.
Olajumoke added: “Prof Kolo is from the Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, which is from the larger School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology, SAAT, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.
“Prof Kolo was born in Doko, Lavun Local Government, Niger State in 1962. He obtained his first degree from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University( ABU), Zaria in Zoology in 1987.
“He bagged his second degree, M.Sc, Hydrobiology and Fisheries from the University of Ibadan. He completed his doctoral studies in FUT, Minna in the same discipline in 1996.
“He became a Professor of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology in October, 2010.
Olajumoke said that Kolo had held many positions of responsibilities in the span of engagement in FUT, Minna.
“He was designated the Dean of his Faculty, the SAAT from 2015 to 2019. He was also the Deputy Dean of the institution’s Postgraduate School between 2012 and 2013.
“He also headed specialised departments, centres, committees and special projects. He is a revered member of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, National Association of Fish Farmers and Aquaculturists and the Fisheries Society of Nigeria among others.
“He is widely published and listened to in specialised journals and conferences.
`|The appointment is for a non-renewable duration of five years and will commence from Monday, Oct. 5, 2020,” he said.
Olajumoke also said that the university had recorded another milestone with the addition of another college to the other two existing colleges; College of Arts and Communication Studies.
“The Crawford University’s management got the approval of the Governing Council for a College of Arts and Communication Studies.
“Dr. Jonathan Amuno, the erstwhile Director of Academic Planning has been approved to serve as the new college’s Acting Dean,” he said.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Edo 2020: Gov. Tambuwal lauds Buhari on statesmanly call, directive
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari, on his statemanly call and immediate directive to agencies of government to ensure and guarantee free and fair election in Edo state.
Tambuwal, in a statement in Sokoto on Saturday, said that the President deserved commendation for his appeal to all stakeholders, including politicians involved in the election to ensure violence free election.
He said, “let me begin by commending the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for his statesmanly call and appeal.
“This, given an immediate directive to agencies of government including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and all other stakeholders involved in the Edo election.
“That to ensure and guarantee free and fair; and, violence free election in Edo state; that is very commendable of Mr President.
“On that premise I, therefore, want to lend my voice to that of Mr President and other well meaning Nigerians; and members of the international community.
“This is to further appeal and call on the electoral body and the security agencies; and the good people of Edo and all stakeholders involved in this very important election to continue to observe rules and regulations,” he said.
Tambuwal added that Nigerians were closely monitoring the ongoing exercise in Edo State.
“As such, I want to appeal that nobody, individual or agency of government should tamper with the outcome and results of the election being conducted.
“This is very important so that we can have a very convincing outcome that the people of Edo have exercised their franchise without any hindrance and in a very peaceful manner,” Tambuwal added.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Felix Ajide
NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.
According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.
“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.
The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.
NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.
According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.
“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.
“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.
“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.
It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.
The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.
According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.
The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.
“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.
“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
FG disburses N24m loan to 2,400 entrepreneurs in Sokoto
Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State, Labour and Employment, has disbursed N24 million to 2,400 small scale entrepreneurs in Sokoto State.
He reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to increased investment in the area of business empowerment among Nigerians, stressing that micro economic growths remained the backbone of development.
The minister said President Buhari has great concern towards the development of all Nigerians irrespective of political inclinations.
Keyamo commended Gov. Aminu Tambuwal for emulating Buhari on common grounds in spite of their different views on politics and governance.
”Leaders ensure that after elections all government policies should affect every citizen irrespective of political party differences.
”Such action foster great unity among people and enhance public confidence on governance,” Keyamo noted.
The minister further commended Gov. Tambuwal for keying into federal government’s empowerment policies by liaising with Yusha’u Furniture Factory in training of 1,700 youths on furniture making businesses.
The Director General of NDE, Dr Nasir Argungu, said the agency was encouraged by the effort of Sokoto orphanage home to commence ”Catch Them Young Entrepreneur Scheme ” in Sokoto.
Argungu said during his visit, he discovered that Sokoto State Government had provided empowerment training tools for occupants of orphanage home comprising children.
He pledged to provide 20 sewing machines and other skills acquisition training instruments to facilitate more training at the orphanage.
On MEES, Argungu said 100 persons were enrolled in 23 local government areas of the state and it would be a revolving loan for the beneficiaries.
He said the selection processes was transparent and assured more openness in the agency schemes.
In his address, Gov. Tambuwal reassured of his government’s readiness to partner with federal government on all business empowerment schemes and other policies geared towards uplifting people’s lives at all levels.
Tambuwal stressed that his administration, through Ministry of Commerce, Sports and Youths Development, initiated various programmes to improve self reliance and productive lives of citizens.
He noted that the state had commenced disbursement of N4 billion loans to small scale business owners along with many other agricultural and skills acquisition schemes across the state.
”My administration ensures incorporations of all citizens on its programmes and policies, especially in the area of business growth, agriculture, health, infrastructures development, social services and others,” Tambuwal said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Malama Zakiyya Malami, expressed appreciation over the gesture and assured judicious use of the funds.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the event was attended by Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Manniru Dan’iya, and many others.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Wale Ojetimi