Anambra, NIA partner on Awka model city

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ANAMBRA State, partnering the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) through its Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), is set to bring its capital, Awka, at par with modern cities across the world in terms of layout and infrastructure.

To this end, stakeholders converged over the weekend to brainstorm on its modalities, with the theme, “Developing an Effective Urban Master Plan for Awka Capital Territory,” organised by NIA and ACTDA for the 2015 NIA state chapter annual conference.

To achieve this, “ACTDA was mandated to accelerate infrastructure development of the Awka Capital Territory, prepare a master plan and implement it, provide infrastructure services and coordinate all building developments of the private sector and government agencies within the territory.”

According to him, the territory consists of six local councils – Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South, Dunukofia, Njikoka and Orumba North, in part or in whole. He added that the model city concept for Awka considered and adopted most efficient, productive, lucrative and affordable design principles before settling for three capital cities of Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Seoul (South Korea) and Kigali (Rwanda).

He said the ACTDA has completed the aerial photography using a mapping that produces higher digital terrain model height accuracy for urban planning and engineering designs, and aerial photogrammetric method of surveying that involves measurement and interpretation of features directly from aerial photography.

State NIA Chairman, Peter Okpala, noted that the conference theme was “informed by our decision to partner the current administration of Governor Obiano, who has shown good desire to lay a solid foundation for orderly infrastructure development.”

Okpala noted: “Everyone will agree that since the creation of Anambra in August 1991, not much has been done to change the capital from its rural nature to its current status. Instead, the reckless subdivision and sale of lands by individuals and government agencies tends to tilt the town towards urban slums.

“Members of the NIA Anambra State, desirous of improving our environment, saw the setting up of ACTDA as a wonderful opportunity to create a world-class city in our state and also a platform to achieve our long desire to create a decent environment for our people.”

Kidnappers’ den demolished
Meanwhile, the Anambra Police Command at the weekend demolished two more buildings at Umueri, Anambra East local council, found to be kidnappers’ den.

Leading the operations, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Agugoesi, said the action was prompted by the ugly activities of the suspects, including Solomon Chibuzo Morah, alias Mmili.

Governor Willie Obiano, represented at the event by the ACTDA Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Michael Okonkwo, said he believes in professional organisations driving infrastructure development. He noted that since the 10-man ACTDA Board was inaugurated in May 2014, the team has kept pace with the mandate to transform Awka as Dubai is.

According to Agugoesi, the action was not to punish the innocent hence the second building owned by Hyacinth Chibuodu, another kidnap kingpin from the same town, was spared for the day to allow tenants and other commercial occupants move out their belongings.

However, another mansion belonging to another suspected chieftain of the gang, Matthew Nwankwo from Nteje in Oyi local council, who is still at large, was completely destroyed.

The police chief described Morah as “one of the most notorious kidnap kingpins in the state, who had been on the police wanted list for many years,” adding: “He is now in police custody.”

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  • Marshal Johnson

    More action less empty talk please.

    The Kigali option makes one think they have no clue what they are doing. Kigali is currently modernizing itself after total lack of planning turned that city into a slum. So that will be the model Awka will copy? Enugu or Abuja is a better planned city than Kigali for crying out loud.

    Anyhow, how about great sustainable African cities as Gaborone, Botswana, Kimberly or Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Do we really think we can afford Seoul or Dubai infrastructure on Anambra’s budget?

    • FrankNinja

      A city should be planned around its geographic characteristics and business strategy and advantages. For instance, Kigali or the New Kigali which is on hilly terrain is modeled after Denver, Colorado which is also on elevated terrain. It is being developed as an iCT and regional administrative services hub for Central/Eastern Africa. Dubai has taken advantage of the fact that it is strategic on the Europe – Far East route to build out a massive airport hub and gone further to add tax incentives to create a regional hub for multinationals.

      For Awka, geographically it is significant primarily because of its proximity to Onitsha which itself lies on a key transportation link between east and west, between the oil delta and northern Igboland and between Port Harcourt and the middle belt and North-East. Onitsha should really be jointly developed along with Awka in the fashion of Johannesburg-Pretoria or San Francisco-Sacramento. Onitsha as the Big Iron City and Awka as the Administrative Town. What this means is that the Awka Capital Development Authority has to plan a city that is clean, quiet, tree-lined, suburban and conducive for official purposes (government), university and research, service businesses and events (conferences, hospitality). The ACTDA should follow the American model and build out a grid street layout for Awka and plan wide boulevards or avenues for a new central business district and government area. Public transportation has to be well thought out with well defined bus routes, bus stops and parking spaces for private vehicles. Planned residential areas especially in the table lands in nearby Awka North should be an objective with the government using property tax to build out infrastructure (roads, water supply, sewage) before settlement rather than after. Given that Awka is an ancient town the narrow streets of the old town should remain but the government should shift all large public structures out of the old town since narrrow roads to these structures clearly create traffic congestion. Such large structures such as the Prisons, Old Government Station, Central Police Station, Governor’s Lodge, and Markets should be moved to areas with wider roads and sufficient setback and parking spaces. Large public buildings such as a City Hall, Conference Center should be prioritized

  • Eze Epraim

    any how is an ideal and wellcome