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FCTA clears shanties at Gwarimpa

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday cleared shanties converted to residential and commercial purposes, mainly by scavengers, traders and settlers.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that most of affected shanties are scrap materials sitting on right of major road network around Angwan Berberi, off Efab Estate, and behind Kado Fish Market, near Life camp axis of Gwarimpa District of Abuja.

Also removed were Illegal settlers residence built with sacks inside an undeveloped plot beside the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Efab Road, by Adebowale Gas Station, in the area.

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Addressing newsmen, Ikharo Attah, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, said the exercise was necessitated by a complaint sent to the FCT Administration through the Command and Control Centre.

Attah said that the FCTA discovered a very worrisome development on the road, which was Cadastral C02 road corridor in Gwarinpa, that people started building houses on it.

He said: “We cleared all the shanties and we have marked the houses, and warned people to be aware of two areas they must not build on road corridors and waterways.

“We have given them enough time to move, some of them we have removed before, and they returned.

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“Most of the Federal Capital Development Authority road corridors are transit ways not yet constructed, but people have already built on them.

“It is very worrisome when you see a beautiful road corridor that is yet to be constructed, and people are building on it, it is very disturbing.”

The Minister’s aide appealed to residents not to allow people build kiosks and anything on the road within their neighbourhoods.

Commenting on the exercise, one of the owners of the houses in the area, who claimed to be a Barrister, but pleaded anonymity, disclosed that she had bought the land for which she spent not less than N3 million to develop the structure.

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She said: “We just finished, and we intended to pack in today; we actually spent about N3 million to set this building in this area.

“Actually no notice was given to us, and we acquired the land through the Chief of the village at the rate of N220,000.”

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Multilateral organisations should adopt debt relief initiatives for Africa – Osinbajo

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Nigeria’s vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo has stated that multinational organisations should adopt debt relief initiatives that will not affect Africa’e growth.

This was stated on Friday by Osinbajo while delivering a special address at the virtual edition of the 2022 World Economic Forum.

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He was chosen to deliver one of the 12 special addresses at this year’s event.

Laolu Akande, Osinbajo’s spokesperson, quoted the vice-president as saying: “the creation of $650 billion in new Special Drawing Rights last year was a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to enable African and other developing countries to access the SDRs that are not needed or being used by developed or emerging economies.” 

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He also urged multilateral organisations to consider the huge obligations placed on African countries and adopt debt relief initiatives such as the Debt Service Suspension Initiative and the Common Framework for Debt Treatments in a way that will not further constrain the resumption of growth to the continent.

He listed some of the progress made in Africa, including the recovery from the global pandemic, economic growth by 3.7% last year, and a projected 3.8% growth in 2022.

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Osinbajo noted that an African Continental Free Trade Area agreement has been put in place to fast-track economic transformation as the continent is making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology.

According to him, in Nigeria, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years.

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“The continent grew by 3.7% last year and is said to grow by 3.8% in 2022,” he said.

“‘Indeed, as the last frontier in development, Africa has the potential to become the factory of the world especially given its bold steps to integrate through the African Union agenda 2063 and the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.

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“‘There are several other reasons again to be positive about the African growth story given that its large youth population holds the prospect of a demographic dividend and also by giving greater space at providing more opportunity to the private sector.

“The continent is also making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology.

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“In Nigeria, for instance, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years and this is despite all of the challenges in these past years.

“Such a positive outlook anyway must be tempered by the realisation that Africa continues to need the collaboration and partnership of the international community because unless care is taken, there are several developments that can derail that promise.”

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Gov. Akeredolu donates relief materials to Ose community attack

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Ondo State Government Friday donated relief materials to victims of gunmen attack in Molege community in Ose Local Government area of the state.

 

The State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the event in Akure, the State’s capital said the relief materials were to cushion the effect of the attack on the victims.

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Akeredolu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Gbenga Akingbasote, said that the state government would continue to identify with them.

 

He urged the Ose Local Government Chairman, Dennis Adekunle, who received the materials on behalf of the victims, to ensure that the materials were distributed to the intended people.

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Akeredolu noted that security of lives and property as well as welfare of the people of the state was his priority.

 

The LG boss appreciated the governor for the gesture and the urgent attention given to the matter when it happened.

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Adekunle stressed that the gesture showed that the governor is a man of his words and has fulfilled the promise made during his visit to the community after the attack.

 

“This is a pointer that our’ talk and do governor’ means business,” Adekunle said.

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Some of the relief materials distributed include; food items, mattresses, diapers, mosquito net among others.

 

Recall that at least three people were reportedly shot dead by gunmen who invaded the community on January 6. NAN

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