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FG tasks states on speedy processing of land title documents



The Federal Government has urged state governments to ensure speedy processing of land title documents in order to stimulate economic activities in the country.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the call on Friday in Abuja in a remark at the 4th National House Fair.

Osinbajo was represented at the event by Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of State for Works and Housing.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to pull 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years with housing identified as a tool to achieve that.

“As we are all aware, the Land Use Act has technically vested the housing responsibility on States and Local Governments, the custodians of land in the country.

“This presupposes that these two tiers of government must be at the forefront in housing development.

“As a government, we have identified ‘Land Titling’ as a rapid tool for economic development as it creates basis for land taxation, access to credit, increased market value and investment stimulation, amongst others.

“I wish to appeal to state governments to ease-up and quicken the process of issuance of Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) and other titles,” Osinbajo said.

He added that in line with the Federal Government’s Sustainability Plan, the Central Bank of Nigeria recently approved the sum of N200 billion for 300,000 household.

Osinbajo said the facility was to enable Family Homes Funds Limited (FHFL) finance the construction of social housing units for low-income earners.

“In like manner, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has introduced a programme tagged ‘Affordable Housing Development and Management Initiative (AHDMI)’.

“It is aimed at reducing the housing deficit through collaboration with public and private entities.

“The AHDMI will create a robust housing economy, increase the national housing stock, promote housing cooperatives and management of public-buildings,” he said.

He said that the pilot project was expected to commence in October in Gwagwalada, with the construction of about 2,500 mixed housing units under a Public-Public Partnership.

Osinbajo said that government was using multi-pronged approach to bridge the housing deficit.

On her part, Convener of the fair, Dr Becky Olubukola, President, Bastan Group, said that housing and construction sector, if properly administered, could impact on the economy in many ways.

Olubukola said that financing issues in the sector had remained a drawback requiring immediate intervention.

According to her, the finance issues are traceable to the weak mortgage industry.

The convener called on government to encourage more Public-Private-Partnerships in order to reduce the housing deficit which, she said, had reached 22 million.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial



Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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Plateau monarch abducted



Barely three weeks after the kidnap of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has confirmed that gunmen have abducted HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, a few metres from the gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos South LGA.

Recalls that following the abduction of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat, on the 26th December, 2021, before he was released five days later, the United Mwaghavul Lawyers Association (UMLA) had described the incident as not an attack on an individual, but on the entire traditional institution in Plateau State.

The lawyers equally had said it views the kidnapping of the royal father as not an isolated incident, “but the beginning of a well-orchestrated plan to intimidate and decapitate our treasured leaders in the state and the Middle Belt at large”.

While condemning the dastardly act, on behalf of UMLA, Barr. Philemon Daffi reminded the federal, state and local governments of their shared responsibility under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Spokesman of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, who confirmed the incident, said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies are on trail of the kidnappers.

“God’s willing, the security agencies will soon close-up on the criminals”, he maintained.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

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Suspected cultists arrested with female pant, charms in Delta



Police operatives attached to the Delta state police command raiders unit, have arrested twenty suspected cultists at a black spot in Ogarafe,  Oghara in Ethiope west LGA of the state.

Confirming the arrest to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Edafe Bright, said during the raid of the hot spot, a fabricated wooden gun, six hundred and forty-eight wraps of weed suspected to be Indian hemp, one used female pant, various charms, one Knife, Sixteen bottles of codeine, ten packs of razlers, one Grinder used in grinding weeds and the sum of sixty-nine thousand (#69,000) were recovered from the suspect.

He said the suspect will be arraigned in court soon.

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