Ar­chi­tects sem­i­nar opens in Abuja

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ben Atonko

A four-day sem­i­nar tagged Ar­chi­tects Col­lo­quium 2014, or­ga­nized by the Ar­chi­tects Reg­is­tra­tion Coun­cil of Nigeria (AR­CON), was opened by Vice Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo in Abuja yes­ter­day.

The sem­i­nar is a fo­rum where ar­chi­tects from all over Nigeria give re­ports of their ac­tiv­i­ties over the year and ex­change ideas on how to im­prove the ser­vices they ren­der.

The vice pres­i­dent rep­re­sented by Min­is­ter of Works, Mr. Mike Onole­memen told the ar­chi­tects that ur­ban­iza­tion in Nigeria’s cities like La­gos, Kano and Abuja was alarm­ing and this posed dearth of in­fra­struc­ture chal­lenge.

“For the road sec­tor alone, we have es­ti­mated that in or­der to ad­e­quately sup­port eco­nomic growth at cur­rent rates and meet vi­sion 20:20:20, we need to be in­vest­ing on road con­struc­tion of at least 14,000km of new roads an­nu­ally for the next seven years.

“We’ll also have to main­tain and re­ha­bil­i­tate the ex­ist­ing net­work as mat­ter of rou­tine.

“This will re­quire the aver­age an­nual ex­pen­di­ture on roads to in­crease six-fold to nearly N900 bil­lion,” Sambo sug­gested.

To sig­nif­i­cantly tackle Nigeria’s in­fra­struc­ture deficit, Sambo called for dec­la­ra­tion of emer­gency in the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor, es­tab­lish­ment of In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Fund (IDF) and pas­sage of ap­pro­pri­ate leg­is­la­tions. An Abuja based lawyer Felix Ashi­mole has sued the Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Com­mis­sion (CAC) be­fore a Federal High Court in Abuja over al­leged re­moval of his name from the list of lawyers trans­act­ing busi­ness at the com­mis­sion.

Un­der the Com­pa­nies and Al­lied Mat­ters Act (CAMA), lawyers, ac­coun­tants and char­tered sec­re­taries are em­pow­ered to reg­is­ter and file an­nual re­turns for com­pa­nies, busi­ness names and trusts.

In the orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons, which was brought by his coun­sel Obi Nwakor, Ashi­mole is de­mand­ing the sum of N100 mil­lion as dam­ages over the losses he has suf­fered as a re­sult of his be­ing blocked from trans­act­ing busi­ness in the CAC since 2006.

The CAC and the Reg­is­trar Gen­eral of the com­mis­sion Bello Mah­moud are joined as de­fen­dants in the suit.

Ashi­mole averred that he had filed and paid for sev­eral ap­pli­ca­tions from his clients which were not at­tended to by the com­mis­sion, leading to their loss of con­fi­dence in his ser­vice and his loss of rev­enue.

Ac­cord­ing to the lawyer, his trou­ble fol­lowed his con­tin­ued de­mand for im­proved ser­vice at the CAC and his ac­tivism for trans­parency at the com­mis­sion as the sec­re­tary of the ‘Ju­ris­dic­tional Prac­ti­tion­ers Fo­rum Abuja.’

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