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Housing development will boost economy, increase job creation–LASG

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Mr Wasiu Akewusola, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Housing, on Monday said that housing development was critical to boosting the nation’s economy for mass job opportunity for youths in the country.

Akewusola said this at the 10th meeting of the National Council on Lands, Housing and Urban Development which held at Ikeja, Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the annual programme was: “Housing Development as a Catalyst for Job Creation, Social Inclusion and Economic Development”.

Akewusola said that the meeting which had in attendance built environment stakeholders from states and federal agencies as well as the private sector would help evolve strategies towards bridging infrastructure gap nationwide.

“Over last year, we have had different challenges especially with the pandemic so it is important that we come up with ways to help in boosting the economy and providing employment.

“Housing development is second to none in calibrating both individual and the national economy as it helps in stimulating the economy.

“Housing can help in creating jobs as the process in building would serve as a spring ball in providing labour for several people involved and this in turn, would develop the economy.

“We are committed in ensuring that we improve the lives of everyone and this meeting would help in achieving that,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary appealed for synergy between agencies and organisation to achieve greater results.

“All organisations must ensure that they work together as a unit so things can go smoothly with little or no hindrance when it comes to carrying out projects under their supervision,” he said.

In his remarks, Mr Olajide Ode-Martins, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing said that the meeting would proffer solutions to long standing issues and the recommendations needed.

“Long lasting solutions would be provided so as to get long lasting results,” he said.

Mr Augustin Okwudiafor, an environmental expert, said that building materials should be sourced from accredited distributors to guarantee quality and durable construction to avert building collapse.

“The use of sub standard materials in building is usually gotten from unauthorized distributors, so we must join hands and prevent this from happening,” he said.

Miss Edimam Okodi-Iyah, Advisor, Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) advised Nigerians to use environment friendly materials in building houses to conserve energy, water, and reduce carbon footprints for healthier living.

“The regular blocks used in constructing buildings are strong but they have the tendency to retain heat thereby making the building hot.

“Using the right building materials would help in living in a more conducive environment and there would be less need for air conditioners so we advise people to always use environment friendly materials during construction,” she said. (NAN)

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President Tinubu To Address Joint Sitting Of National Assembly Tomorrow

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As part the event to commemorate 25 years of unbroken democracy and Legislature in Nigeria, there will be joint sitting of both the Senate and the House of Representatives on Wednesday 29 May, 2024.

This is contained in a statement by clerk to the national Assembly Sani Magaji Tambuwal and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

The statement indicates that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will address the joint sitting on state of the nation and also flag off the National Assembly Library.

Senators and Honourable Members are expected to be seated by 9am.

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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