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Architects mull regulation to curb menace of building collapse

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Architects mull regulation to curb menace of building collapse

**make building responsive to all users in terms of access

The Nigerian Institute of Architects has indicated it will sponsor a bill with the help of the national Assembly to
bring to an end the menace of building collapse in the country
The issue of Building collapse has become a PAhas led to loss of lives and properties in recent times.
The National President of the Institute Architect Sunny Echono spoke when the leadership paid a courtesy call on the Clerk of the National Assembly Architect Olatunde Ojo Amos on solidarity.
He said they have a legislative agenda which will help to ensure that only professionals with capacity, experience and the competence would be allowed to carry out construction.
“Well it is an agenda of the institute, just like in the issue of building collapse we talk about, to streghten the legislative framework and the laws.” This he said is to ensure that only those who have the capacity, the experience and the competence to carry out construction activities do so.

“We want to increase liabilities for actors and even building owners because of the responsibility they bear to the public.
He added that they also want to do same for users of the building to avoid a situation whether due to poor workmanship or cutting of corners or using inappropriate building materials or even using quacks to engage in the building and construction of projects the collapse occurs.
He said they want to bring the defaulters to book and enforce it.

He said they are going to give guidelines on how to designate monuments, buildings of historical values and other national assets in order to preserve them.

He said they will designate proper places for palaces, worship centres, traditional settings, to be able to promote them as historical sites.
“We want to also package them for recognition by UNESCO and other world bodies so that they cannot only act as reflections of our traditions but also offer tourist attraction for people to come and visit them.
“We want to restore them and make them living testament to our history. “We are also looking for various other forms of partnership with the National Assembly and with other branches of Government.
“We want to make it compulsory for our buildings to be responsive to all the users including those who are physically challenged.

“There are some building today that are not compliant, if one is on a wheel chair it takes two hours just to get into the premises.

“We want to make sure there is adequate provision for disable people in every building in this country.
“We want to make it a regular feature so that we carry out audit of our buildings knowing that there is a lift walking, what about the lighting, the installation, is it in functional condition?
Is the lift working?

“What about the lighting and the other issue around the building so that from time to time there is a maintenance program to ensure that our buildings retain their functional, their economic and functional lifespan.
“These are part of the things for which we went to enlist the support of the National Assembly to project so that we can now begin to derive more value from our buildings.

“The current practice where the lifespan of building in Nigeria is only between 10 and 20 years in other parts of the world buildings last 100 years.
“It is only when your house can last for that long that you can derive the benefit of the investment you put in. If you have to replace it after 20 years you can never pay back then cost of construction hence you will lose.
He said they want to be able to change that narrative.

He said they came to felicitate with the clerk to heartily congratulate him for a well deserved appointment and confirmation as the clerk of the National Assembly.
“We are indeed very proud that this is an acknowledgement of the versatility of the training of the architects.
The CNA expressed gratitude to them for making out time inspite of their tight schedule in practice to visit him
He said he owes the institute a very big appreciation because unless they want to decieve themselves whatever anyone of them have become, the institute has impacted directly or indirectly on them.
He said there is no law that says one must read a particular course before becoming anything in life.
“Anytime I remember who I am by training and practice as an architect now joining legislative proceedings I tell myself
If I can be successful in architecture definitely I will do well in legislative procedure.”





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Senate commences public hearing on PIB to achieve assent by May 29 of this year

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Senate commences public hearing on PIB to achieve assent by May 29 of this year

After over 20 years of back and forth in efforts to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said they are working to ensure that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) presently before the National Assembly is passed by April and President Muhammadu Buhari assents to it by May 29th of this year.

He said it is to ensure that Nigerians benefit optimally from crude oil production and sale of fossil fuel reserves. 

Lawan stated this on Monday while declaring open a 2-day public hearing on the bill by the National Assembly. 

According to the Senate President, the National Assembly in its consideration of the piece of legislation, would ensure that the bill when passed into law, guarantees improved revenue earnings for the country. 

Lawan said, “let me say this, we (National Assembly) will pass this bill not without ensuring that it is a bill that satisfies certain conditions. 

“Nigeria is blessed with these resources, we want Nigeria to benefit optimally from them. In fact, we are in a hurry because we have lost so many years of benefits that we could have had.” 

The Senate President, however, noted that the non-passage of the PIB had been a major drag on the industry over the years, significantly limiting its ability to attract both local and foreign capital at a time when many other countries are scrambling to exploit their oil and gas resources. 

“The mere knowledge that the nation’s oil industry is still being governed by laws enacted more than 50 years ago is ludicrous and extremely disappointing.

“As legislators, we will strive to deliver a Bill that will enhance the growth of our oil and gas industry, modernize our fiscal system and enhance competitiveness, while creating harmony for all stakeholders. This is a promise we have made and that we shall achieve.

“Nigeria must have an Oil and Gas Industry that benefits its people. Equally, our Oil and Gas Industry must be competitive. We must create a sustainable investment climate, where business in the sector will flourish,” he said.

He added that the determination by the legislature to pass the Bill “is driven by the need to overhaul a system that has refused to operate optimally in line with global standards, resulting into loss of continental competiveness, transparency, accountability, good governance and economy loss for the petroleum industry and the country.”

The Senate President noted that the challenges surrounding the future usefulness of petroleum resources and the increased level of uncertainty on oil demand calls for great concern. 

“It is estimated that with the evolving of new technologies, fossil fuel may be less attractive if not of no value in the next 20 years. 

“It is therefore time for us to make maximum benefit of our fossil fuel reserves through this reform before it fades away,”Lawan stressed. 

According to him, the Petroleum Industry Bill comprises of 4 chapters that outline how to create efficient and effective governing institutions with clear and separate roles for the petroleum industry; establish a framework for the creation of a commercially oriented and profit-driven National Petroleum Company; promote transparency, good governance and accountability in the administration of the petroleum resources of Nigeria among others;

He added that the piece of legislation among others, also seeks to promote the exploration and exploitation of petroleum resources in Nigeria for the benefit of the Nigerian people; promote the efficient, effective and sustainable development of the petroleum industry;

According to him, the PIB upon passage and assent into law by the President, would “foster sustainable prosperity within host communities, provide direct social and economic benefits from petroleum operations to host communities; create a framework to support the development of host communities among others; and

“Establish a progressive fiscal framework that encourages investment in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, balancing rewards with risk and enhancing revenues to the Federal Government of Nigeria; provide a forward-looking fiscal framework that is based on core principles of clarity, dynamism and fiscal rules of general application; establish a fiscal framework that expands the revenue base of the Federal Government, while ensuring a fair return for investors.”

Lawan assured that the National Assembly during the public hearing would deal with all issues relating to the oil and gas industry with thoroughness and effectiveness, so as to avert colossal losses to the nation’s economy.

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NASS postpones resumption over APC membership registration.

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NASS postpones resumption over APC membership registration.

The administrative management of the national assembly has announced the postponement of resumption of members of the two chambers that was billed for Tuesday 26th January 2021 till the 9th of February, 2021.

This was contained in a statement that was signed by the clerk of the national Assembly Ojo Olatunde Amos.
The national Assembly had vacated for the Yuletide/new year breake on the 21st of December to reconvene on the 26th of January, 2021.
The statement indicated that the postponement is to enable APC caucus in the national assembly take active part in the membership registration and revalidation that will commence on Monday, 25th January, 2021.
The statement reads, “This is to inform all distinguished senators and Honorable members of the national Assembly that the resumption of plenary earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 26th January, 2021is hereby rescheduled for Tuesday 9th, February, 2021.
“This postponement is to enable members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) participate in the registration and revalidation of its membership, scheduled to commence on Monday, 25th, January  2021.
The clerck expressed regrets for any inconviniences that change in date may have caused all and sundry.





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Niger Assembly declares support for Medical Varsity Bill

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Niger Assembly declares support for Medical Varsity Bill

Ahead of the public hearing at the House of Representatives, the Niger State House of Assembly on Thursday threw its weight behind the Bill for an Act to Establish Federal University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Bida, Niger State.

The Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Barrister Abdullahi Bawa Wuse gave the indicatio in Minna when the State Lawmakers hosted the Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi SMA (Gorozon Nupe) who was on a visit in furtherance of stakeholders’ engagement on the Bill.

The Speaker said he was “delighted with the Lawmaker for understanding the need for institutional collaborations which is healthy to the progress of the State”.

According to Bawa Wuse “we will go out as a State to get this University established here. Having University to run Medicine and related Courses in Niger State is long overdue”.

Addressing the State House of Assembly, Hon. Saidu said “the University. When established, will provide more opportunities and fair chance for Nigerians seeking to pursue a career in the medical sciences and most importantly address medical workforce shortfall in the country. It is a pan Nigerian project but more of Niger State”.

“Today, the number of Nigerian Students seeking admission to study medicine in particular and health sciences in general is on the increase but unfortunately, a significant percentage of them usually fail in getting admission not because they do not possess the required qualification but because those tertiary institutions do not have the capacity to accommodate them.

“It may interest you to know that Niger State is the only State in the North-Central Nigeria that has no degree awarding institutions in medicine and health sciences neither at Private nor public arrangement levels”.

Members from Gbako, Bida II, Suleja, Agwara and Chanchaga, all contributed brilliantly in support of the Bill.

After various contributions from the Lawmakers in favour of the Bill, the Speaker, Hon. Abdullahi Bawa Wuse constituted a Committee Chaired by the Member representing Agwara with a clear time of reference to prepare a position paper that will be presented at the Public Hearing in support of the bill.

The Speaker also said the 27 House of Assembly Members of Niger State will attend the Public Hearing.

Member representing Chanchaga, Hon. Ahmed Marafa Guni pledged to foot the bill for the transportation of all the Members of the State Assembly to and from the Public Hearing.

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