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So far, Lagos State tops the list of fatalities in building collapse, as over 271 buildings collapsed in the last 10 years in Nigeria, according to documents  from the Building Collapse Prevention Guild.
The documents showed that 271 collapsed buildings cases, represent 50 percent of a total of 541 recorded cases in the country between 1974 and 2022.
Out of the 271 collapses recorded within the past 10 years, at least 531 persons have died as the menace of crumbling structures continues to plague the nation’s built industry.
Findings also revealed that professional ineptitude, ranging from excessive loading, use of substandard materials, faulty design, poor workmanship and weak foundation accounted for a significant fraction of the collapses recorded during the period in review.
Out of the 271 collapses recorded in the past decade, 115 cases, representing 42.4 per cent of the total number, were recorded in Lagos State.
Most tragic and perhaps notable of the cases was the collapse of a part of a multiple-storey building inside the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, which left more than 80 worshipers dead, while several others were critically injured.
The structure, which reportedly collapsed at 12.45 pm on September 12, 2014, served as a guest house for foreigners, who usually thronged the church in search of miracles.
There were different accounts as to how the building, located in the New Land area of the church, caved in.
Also worthy of note was the Lekki Garden building collapse, which occurred on March 8, 2016. The event, which occurred at Horizon 1, Ikate in the Lekki area of Lagos State, claimed 35 lives while many others were left in critical condition.
Investigations that followed weeks after the event revealed that the construction project did not have the necessary approval from regulatory authorities.
On 1 November 2021, yet another calamity struck after a high-rise block of luxury flats under construction in the neighbourhood of Ikoyi in Lagos, collapsed. At least 45 people perished beneath the rubble of the collapsed structure.
Former President of the Nigerian Institute of Builders, Kunle Awobodu, had blamed weak regulations for the incessant cases of building collapse in Lagos State.
According to him, many quacks have been emboldened by the fact that regulatory bodies and relevant apparatuses of government have been unwilling or unable to prosecute and convict persons found culpable of professional ineptitude with regard to incidents of building collapse.
FG Begins Minimum Wage Review
FMBN Plans To Unveil 1,071 Homes Nationwide
The National Salaries, In comes, and Wages Commission (NSIWC) says it has initiated process for the review of the National Minimum Wage.
NSIWC’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr Emmanuel Njoku, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Njoku said as part of the process to review the  minimum wage, which would be due in 2024, the commission had held series of meetings and trainings towards a nationwide monitoring of the Minimum Wage Act 2019.
He said the monitoring, billed to begin on January 23, would help ascertain the compliance level of public and private employers and organisations.
According to him, the monitoring team will among other things inquire if employers keep adequate records of wage and conditions of service of employees.
“The exercise will enlighten the public and private employers and organisations on the economic benefits in adhering to the payment of the National Minimum Wage.
“It will also help in obtaining baseline data on remuneration policies and practices of private sector organisations in order to enrich the commission’s data bank on staff compensation.
“The monitoring exercise will cover the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.
Njoku stated further that the monitoring team for the exercise would be drawn from key stakeholders including the Ministry of Labour and Employment, and Ministry of Finance and National Planning.
Other stakeholders, according to him, are Head of Service of the Federation, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Budget Office of the Federation and National Bureau of Statistics.
The spokesperson called on federal, state and local government ministries, departments and agencies, including government-owned enterprises, private sector establishments and labour unions to cooperate with the monitoring officers.
Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has concluded plans to inaugurate 1,071 completed houses in eight project sites nationwide in its National Housing Programme.
Group Head, Corporate Communications of the FMBN, Timan Elayo, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Sunday.
The statement revealed that the houses constructed under the National Housing Programme would be commissioned between January 16 and 26, this year.
The  National Housing Programme is the housing component of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic sustainability plan to deliver affordable housing, millions of jobs for Nigerians and reduce the housing deficit estimated to be over 22 million.
“In line with the renewed drive to increase the delivery of affordable housing to Nigerian workers, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria plans to commission 1,071 completed houses in eight project sites nationwide.
“The housing units are part of the over 3,560 homes under phases 1 & 2 of the National Affordable Housing Delivery Programme, an FMBN collaboration with the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association.
“The programme aims to build and deliver decent, safe, and quality housing for Nigerian workers at a price that they can afford.
“The house types are based on proven social housing models and comprise one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units, with prices ranging from N3.1M to N8.3M”, the statement explained.
The statement further explained that 515 housing units would be inaugurated on Monday in Ondo, Adamawa and Katsina States..
Also,90 housing units will be inaugurated in Ebonyi State on Thursday, 280 housing units in Yobe and Sokoto States on January 23; 86 housing units in Borno State on January 24 and 100 housing units to be inaugurated in Kogi State on January 26, 2023.
Managing Director FMBN, Mr Hamman Madu, has expressed delight with the completion of the first batch of the housing units, while applauding the labour unions for their cooperation and support.
He further commended stakeholder involvement and contributions to make the National Affordable Housing Delivery Programme a fit-for-purpose tool that will deliver houses as part of the overall national efforts toward redressing the huge housing deficit.
We are excited at the progress that we have made on the National Affordable Housing Delivery Programme. Indeed, it is a historic initiative as it marks the first time that FMBN and organised labour and NECA are working together on the basis of a realistic and acceptable framework for delivering affordable housing to Nigerian workers”, he stated.
By: Corlins Walter
More progress has been made in Nigeria’s oil earnings following improvements in security in the Niger Delta region, as the country raked in an additional N363billion from crude oil sale in October, November and December, last year.
The figures, obtained from the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources last Sunday, has showed that the country’s oil production rose by 1.014 million barrels per day in October, representing an increase of 0.077mbpd when compared to the 0.937mbpd output in September.
In November, the country pumped 1.185mbpd crude, indicating an increase of 0.171mbpd when contrasted with the daily output in the preceding month of October.
Also, in December last year, oil production kept increasing, as Nigeria produced 1.253mbpd last month, indicating an increase of 0.05mbpd when compared to its output in November.
Data reports have shown that the global benchmark for crude, was $93.4/barrel, $89.62/barrel and $76.42/barrel respectively within the period under focus, and since oil production in Nigeria rose by 0.077mbpd in October, this represents an increase of 2.387 million barrels in that month.
At an average, crude oil price of $93.4/barrel in the review month, implies that the country earned an additional $222.95 million (N101.02 billion, at the official exchange rate of N453.1$) in October last year.
In November, Nigeria’s oil production rose by 0.171mbpd, an equivalent of 5.13 million barrels in that month, while the average price of crude in the same month was put at $89.62/barrel.
This indicates that Nigeria’s oil earnings increased by $459.75 million (N208.31 billion at the Central Bank of Nigeria official exchange rate of N453.1/$).
In December 2022, oil output from Nigeria grew by 0.05mbpd, representing 1.55 million barrels for the review month, while the average cost of Brent was $76.42/barrel.
Therefore, the Federal Government’s revenue from crude oil export last month rose by $118.45 million (N53.67 billion at the official exchange rate of N453.1/$).
The summation of the monthly revenue rise during the period showed that Nigeria earned an additional N363 billion from oil sales within the three-month duration following the improvement in security in the Niger Delta region.
President Muhammadu Buhari , recently ordered security agencies to eradicate crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta before May 29, 2023.
He said the order became vital in order to effectively ramp up the country’s oil output, stressing that the Federal Government could no longer tolerate the criminality.
Buhari gave the directive through the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, while addressing troops of the Joint Task Force Operation Delta Safe in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and Effurum, Delta State.
By: Corlins Walter
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