Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCDA expresses determination to deliver world class buildings

 The Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, has said that it would continue to ensure the delivery of world class public and private buildings with exquisite interior and exterior ambiance expected for healthy living. 

Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Umar Jibrin, gave this assurance while declaring open a seminar organised in conjunction with Creative House at the authority's conference hall, last week in Abuja. 

He said: "This exhibition is the authority's modest contribution towards the promotion of optimum standards and international best practices in all aspects of the building industry. Much more, it serves as a forum where participants can offer innovative solutions and options to knotty interior challenges being faced in various building types. 

"The theme will provide a suitable platform for one-on-one interactive between and among stakeholders in the building and also sensitize on the need and benefits of defining interior spaces with accent pieces and treatment through practical demonstrations." 

Explaining what space definition meant, the FCDA boss said: "Space definition is all about taking responsibility for the spaces we occupy by expressing ourselves with the things that mean most to us personally, professionally and socio-culturally. This is natural instinct. 

"This exhibition is apt and timely as we all live, work and play in spaces. When we take responsibility for these spaces, we derive a psychological settlement and calmness that is subtle yet profound enough to affect our wellbeing and productivity." 

The ES, who was represented by the director, Mass Housing Department, Engr. Emmanuel Oluwadamisi, while defining the word 'accent' explained that the word "does not stop with phonetics and languages. Within the built environment, accents are found and used both in the exterior and interior spaces. 

 

"Externally, they could be colours, columns and fixtures like doors or other forms that embellish and give character to both the structure and cityscape, silently speaking volumes about the individual, establishment or community." 

Jibrin therefore called on all relevant departments and agencies to also carry out similar trainings so as to add value, richness, little colour, painting and artwork, noting that it will deepen the knowledge of space definition and aesthetics of Abuja beauty. 

Director, Department of Public Buildings, Anthony Odigie, while speaking earlier said that the seminar was the 30th in the series, adding that it transformed into an exhibition in 2016 and has continued to make improvements and innovations. 

He underscored the importance of space definition in designing and called on the stakeholders to always come together and work for the progress of all. 

On his part, chairman of the Capacity Building Committee, Adebowale Ademo, in his welcome address said that the objective of the programme is to bequeath a capital city comparable to the best in the world in line with the dreams of its founding fathers. 

Ademo pledged they would remain open to new relevant technologies to achieve the best for the FCT and the country.       

 

Helpline rolls out free interest loan scheme for widows 

Helpline Foundation for the Needy, a not-for-profit organization, has disclosed that it has concluded plans to roll-out free interest revolving loan scheme for widows in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. 

Speaking at an event in Abuja, the president and founder of Helpline Foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, said that the aim of the reach-out scheme was to assist vulnerable widows who were facing extreme poverty in the society.   

Ahmadu explained that the revolving free interest loan scheme is part of effort by the foundation to empower widows to be self-reliance and self-sustaining in a male dominated economy. 

The president also used the occasion to call on the widows to form a cluster of 20 out of which 10 would be empowered with soft loans. 

She also disclosed that the foundation had also embarked on training of widows and some vulnerable youths in fish farming and other skills acquisitions that will enable them become employers of labour.

The foundation also used the occasion to dole out assorted food items to over 100 widows to assist them feed their families. The food items include rice, bean, yam, groundnut oil among others.   

She revealed that beneficiaries of the assorted food items were drawn from the six Area Councils of the FCT, irrespective of tribe or religious background. 

According to Ahmadu, “today’s event is part of our social corporate responsibility to reach-out to the needy in the society and to commemorate this year’s Easter celebration. We have over 1,500 registered widows, and any widow interested can come to our office at Efab Mall, Abuja for free registration. 

“From our experience in dealing with these women; we discovered that what they need is support in the area of capacity building and available start off packages for them to contribute to the local economy and be self-reliant. 

“Government should put structures in place to assist them with finance and equipment that will make such vulnerable women to be economically productive”.      

She appreciated the support of other stakeholders especially National Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, FCT Chapter; FCT Department of Information and Communications; and Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, towards the success of the programme. 

On her part, the FCT Director of Information and Communications, Mrs. Stella Ojeme, who commended the foundation for the gesture also said the act would further assist in national development. 

She further advocated for gender equality, more women empowerment and inclusiveness, while calling on women to get involved in the affairs of governance. 

 

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