1 dies, 3 injured in Edo building collapse 

Tragedy struck on Saturday when a portion of a three-storey building, which is under construction ‎on Sapele road, in Benin, the Edo State capital, collapsed, killing one person and injuring three others.It was gathered that ‎the incident occurred at about 10.30am.

Our correspondent learnt that the victims were pouring concrete on a cantilever projection on the third floor, when the formwork caved in.It was learnt that they were hired by a contractor to do the two-day job at N3,000 per day.

Our correspondent gathered that the deceased, identified as Mike, sustained a deep cut in the chest, when he and his colleagues fell from the third floor to the ground.‎He was said to have been rushed to the Central Hospital in Benin, where he was confirmed dead.

One the victims and a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Benin, Sunday Oniuvusa, said he was lucky to have survived.He said, “We were just casting the floor and, all of a sudden, it just collapsed and most of the blocks on the building fell on us.

“The boy who died was working with us. Some of the blocks that fell prevented the planks on the ground from harming us; I was lucky. But in the boy’s case, there was nothing to project him so one of the planks pierced his chest.‎

”The sub-contractor and supervisor, Morris Omoregie‎, who said the formwork had been prepared by a different contractor, said the remains of the deceased had been deposited in a mortuary, while those injured were still receiving treatment.

“I’m directly involved because I lost someone. I called them to place the concrete and their formwork collapsed. ‎The formwork was supposed to hold everything until 21 days.

They are my persons, so I am the one handling the medical bills so far.”Efforts by our correspondent to reach the state Rapid Response Agency and the spokesperson for the state police command were unsuccessful at the time of filing this report.

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COREN warns Nigerians against quack engineers

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria has advised Nigerians to stop patronising quacks for building and construction jobs to avoid incidences of collapsed buildings and failed road projects.

The Inspection Officer of COREN in Kogi State, Mr Daniel Adown, gave the advice when he inspected the 16-km Ganaja-Otokiti Village by-pass road.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the road is being constructed by the Kogi State Government to open up the state capital.

Adown said the incidences of collapsed buildings in Nigeria in recent times could be traced to the use of quacks instead of professionals who were conscious of the demand on their profession.

“One advice we give to our clients is that there are situations where jobs are given to non-professionals, who do not know the basics of the job and the contractor in turn sublets the project to those who have the equipment.

“The original contractor will like to gain, while the one to whom the job is sublet would like to come down to also get his own gain,” he added.

He noted that irregular practices and contracts would impact negatively on the finished project as quality would be compromised.

The COREN official described a situation where a petroleum engineer was recruited as a supervisor in a building or road project, while a civil engineer was given the work of structural design as highly irregular.

He, however, said the story in the industry was not all bad as there were well-trained Nigerian engineers, who were living up to expectation.

Homeowner charter applicants ‘ll get title documents – Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has promised that all Homeowner Charter applicants, who satisfy the requirements for the programme, but have yet to get their Certificates of Occupancy, will receive their title documents soon.

He said this on Friday at the state secretariat, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, while distributing Certificates of Occupancy to 1,000 landowners under the programmes.

The governor, who was  represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, said the government would continue to deliver title documents in batches as sizable numbers had been distributed to their beneficiaries.

He said, “I, therefore, use this medium to re-assure applicants, who are yet to be attended to, that we will not relent in ensuring that our dream of processing title documents for the good people of Ogun State at discounted rate is achieved.”

He further assured the residents that all programmes aimed at realising the re-building mission of the present administration would be realised while all on-going projects would be completed and delivered as scheduled.

He appealed for support and understanding of the people in the face of current economic challenges, promising that all efforts would be geared towards making the state self-sustaining.

Corruption, insecurity threaten future for youths – Gowon

A former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, on Saturday, expressed concern over the security challenges and corruption in the country, saying the future is gloomy for the youths.

He therefore called for deep reflection from all Nigerians.

According to him, moral decadence, sexual perversions and restiveness among other vices should equally be sources of serious concern to the citizens.

Gowon, represented by the National Secretary of Nigeria Prays, Evangelist Austin Kemie, spoke at the 25th anniversary of Scripture Union work in Abuja.

He stated that all citizens must rise to deal with the various issues of moral burdens in the educational institutions.

Gowon ‎warned that there was a need to arrest the tide through massive prayer campaign and action.

“If we‎ do not rise to bring our youths into the path of rectitude, then their future prospects will appear gloomy and we cannot build a virile nation of trust, integrity and good governance,” the elder statesman said.

He also paid glowing tributes to the leadership of the SU, Abuja chapter, for labouring to impact godly values and virtues and propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ.

According to him, the work of the group plays significant role in preparing men and women to fulfill God’s eternal purposes for their lives and ministry.

He urged them to keep the flame burning and to persevere in their commitment towards teaching God’s word as well as impacting ‎institutions, communities and churches.

“‎Today’s celebration calls us into deep reflection of our lost godly values and virtues, particularly as Christian men and women, and seek to recover them. This occasion must therefore compel us to reflect deeply on the state of our nation,” Gowon said.

The national chairman of SU, Ekpo Etim Ekpo, challenged members of the organisation  to continue to reach out to the world with God’s word.

400 students benefit from varsity career counselling initiativ

No fewer than 400 Senior Secondary School students in Omu-Aran, have benefitted from a career counselling initiative organised by Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme, which attracted students in SS III offering science-related subjects was organised under the Landmark University Community Development Impact Initiative (LMUCDII).

The chairman of the initiative, Mr Abiodun Okunola, said the programme was part of the institution’s corporate social responsibility to the people of its host community.

Okunola said the need for the students to be well guided in making the right choice of courses that would benefit their future academic career informed the organisation of the programme.

“We felt the students getting to that stage in their academic pursuit needed a kind of professional counselling and tutelage to assist them to make the right choice of courses.

“They needed to be wary of the requirements, prospect, challenges and benefit derivable from all the available courses that would suit their future plans,” he said.

Okunola said the institution, through the initiative, had also partnered with some youths and had visited orphanages in its efforts to impact positively on the less privileged in the society.

“We are already in partnership with Omu-Aran Youth Forum through our agrarian revolution drive toward encouraging the youths to embrace agriculture as a business and as a vocation,” he said.

Mr Joseph Olisa, a medical officer at the Landmark Medical Centre, Omu-Aran, in a presentation, stressed the need for students wishing to offer medical courses to be patient, diligent and honest.

Elder James Dada, Landmark University Farm Manager, in his remarks, said there was urgent need to make agriculture-related courses more attractive, especially to female senior secondary school students.

Dada advocated for expansion of agriculture-related activities, such as farmers clubs in schools to allow for a wider participation of students in crop production and other aspect of farming.

Mr Alabi Ifekunle, an SSIII student of Landmark Secondary School, Omu-Aran, thanked the organiser for their efforts, describing the programme as “an eye opener’’.

The other schools that participated in the programme were Omu-Aran High School, ECWA Girls Secondary School, Omu-Aran, Government Christian College, and Ansarul Islam Secondary School, Omu-Aran.

Buhari mourns Emir of Borgu

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said it was with sadness and a deep feeling of personal and national loss that he received the news of the death of  the Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro, Kitoro III. 

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President extended condolences to the bereaved on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians.

Buhari particularly commiserated with the late Emir’s family and the people of Borgu Emirate over whom he said the deceased ruled for many years with “commendable wisdom, benevolence and an uncommon dedication to duty.”

The President also commiserated with the government and people of Niger State on the death of the traditional ruler who he said would be long remembered and honoured for his notable contributions to the development of his community, state and country,

The statement read in part, “The President joins them in mourning Alhaji Haliru, a friend and associate of many years, with whom he shared the vision of a peaceful, politically stable, united, progressive and prosperous Nigeria to which every citizen will be proud to belong.

“President Buhari will forever treasure his memories of the late Emir as a great patriot, indefatigable unifier and bridge-builder who did his utmost best as a political leader and traditional ruler to strengthen the bonds that bind all Nigerians together in the interest of national peace, harmony and progress.

“The President prays that Almighty Allah will receive Alhaji Haliru’s soul and grant his people a worthy successor who will build on the laudable legacies of his life of service to community and country.”

Buhari reportedly fixes Wednesday for Ministers appointments, swearing-in

President Muhammadu Buhari may assign portfolio and administer the oath of office on his ministers “most likely on Wednesday.”

A source at the Presidency told Daily Trust on Friday.

“The first major official assignment before Mr. President in November is the inauguration of his cabinet.

“Arrangements have already been made for this and this will most likely happen on Wednesday,” the source said.

An aide to one of the ministers-designate also disclosed that his principal had received a message from the Presidency that the inauguration would take place on Wednesday.

Reacting, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,Femi Adesina, said he could not confirm, advising the media and Nigerians to wait for an official communication.