Wed01172018

Last updateMon, 07 Jul 2014 9am

Back You are here: Home News News Extra

NATIONAL Directorate of Employment (NDE) in Kogi State has empowered 530 unemployed youths, so far.

This was disclosed by the state coordinator, Mallam Abdulkadiri Oba Saadu, during the disbursement of resettlement equipment to 31 youths, who have graduated from the Basic National Open Apprenticeship Scheme (B-NOAS).

He said the apprenticeship scheme “is one of the strategies adopted by the NDE to address the problem of unemployment in the country, especially among the youths.”

ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has delivered judgement in over 100 cases between 2005 and 2011, within the West Africa sub-region, it has been stated.

Similarly, over 30 applications have been received by the court since the beginning of the year.

This was announced by the President, Justice Nana Daboya, in Ibadan, during a courtesy visit to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state.

•NIESV boss cautions

THE rising cost of accommodation in major cities of the country, especially in commercial cities like Lagos, Port- Harcourt, Abuja, have forced many people to desperately look for houses without verifying the authenticity of the Estate Agent putting up the building for rent. Everywhere you turn; there are signboards and posters of, 'To Let,' strategically placed in different locations to attract prospective tenants.

Funny enough, many of these so-called Estate Agents do not have offices and their businesses are not licensed by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

…As Nigeria Inland Water Authority generates N801m revenue for 2011

 

PERENNIAL hassles being experienced by motorists on the River Benue Bridge, connecting the North with the South, which is now in a horrible state, may soon be over.

This follows the preparedness of the Federal Government “to dredge River Benue alongside River Niger.

 

The jeering news came from the Managing Director of the Nigeria Inland Water Authority (NIWA).Arch. A Yar’Adua, when members of the House Committee on Maritime visited the authority during an oversight function to ascertained the level of the authority’s compliance  with the implementation  of   2011 budget.

•NIESV boss cautions

THE rising cost of accommodation in major cities of the country, especially in commercial cities like Lagos, Port- Harcourt, Abuja, have forced many people to desperately look for houses without verifying the authenticity of the Estate Agent putting up the building for rent. Everywhere you turn; there are signboards and posters of, 'To Let,' strategically placed in different locations to attract prospective tenants.

Funny enough, many of these so-called Estate Agents do not have offices and their businesses are not licensed by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).

They are simply opportunists, who take advantage of the desperation of people to get accommodation “to dupe and swindle them of their hard-earned money.”

Recently, two suspected fake estate agents were handed over to the police after allegedly defrauding more than 70 prospective tenants of N34m for 10 units of flats at No10B, Adeniyi Street, Olodi, Apapa, Lagos.

The suspects; Hakeem Garba, 43 and Timothy Ademola Balogun, 35, who claimed to be Estate Agents and Developers, had placed an advert on the aforementioned building to which many responded and eventually made advance payment for rent.

The duo from Ilorin, Kwara State acquired the said property from an unnamed landlord, who had relocated from Lagos to Ilorin.

The agreement was for the supposed Estate Developers to take possession of the property on long term lease of 17 years, after which it returns to the original owner or his family. Apparently, lacking enough resources to undertake comprehensive modernization and renovation on the building, the suspects resorted to demanding for payment in lieu from prospective tenants in desperate need for accommodation.

National Daily WeekEnd gathered that the suspects collected the sum of N400, 000 to N600,000 from each of the 70 victims, without delivering on their promise.

Earlier this year, two other men were also arrested by operatives of the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), Milverton Road, Ikoyi for duping unsuspecting tenants of over N7 million.

The two men hardly gave any indication that they were not genuine estate agents and landlords. They confessed how they advertised vacant properties in National Dailies to convince their victims and how they posed as landlords of the advertised properties to give the impression that they were the real owners.

They have been in the illegal business for six years before nemesis caught up with them.

Speaking on the development, President of the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Mr. Bode Adediji, said individuals and corporate bodies should  be cautious when looking for accommodation as these fake estate agents have devised new methods of extorting money from desperate accommodation seekers.

He blamed some of the victims for their greediness because these quack agents offer them ridiculously discounted prices which they gullibly pay without making appropriate findings on the veracity of the ownership of such buildings.

While urging members of the body to uphold the tenets of NIESV, he said adequate measures have been put in place to prosecute any member of the institute using his privilege to defraud innocent Nigerians.

“I can be factual to you about this, that the only professional body in Nigeria that can actually guarantee you from being duped by quacks is still the members of the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers.

“When some of these things happen, look at it from this angle. It takes two to tango. Where you have a discerning public and they know that they are vulnerable, their best bet in any society is to approach professional bodies whose members are highly regulated.

“I can tell you, today, that if any member of Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuation receives money without delivering services, that member is already in trouble and from whatever angle, such money shall be refunded. The proclivity to want to patronise quacks simply because they are cheap and they are deceptive I am afraid, not even a single legislation can help that. It is public enlightenment that can play a vital role in arresting such a situation,” Adediji said.

Social Menu

Wrapper