Africa’s ‘New Cities’: Urban Future or Utopian Fantasies?

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Gleaming skyscrapers towering over upwardly mobile professionals and flashy cars cruising along brightly lit avenues; young urbanites zipping past manicured lawns to enter their luxury condos; state-of-the-art labs fostering tech savvy entrepreneurs’ million-dollar ideas. A glimpse of Africa’s urban future or utopian fantasies?

The jury might still be out, but these are the snapshots of urban life being touted by international property developers who are announcing plans for new satellite cities and vast modern compounds across Africa.

They are usually planned to be built from scratch on the edges of the continent’s existing metropolises, many of which are creaking under the weight of growing populations and rapid urbanization rates.

From the Konza technopolis outside Nairobi, to King City near the emerging port of Takoradi, Ghana, through the luxurious Eko Atlantic on Victoria Island in Lagos, these urban projects are designed to offer high-quality services and modern infrastructure. They’re typically branded as smart and futuristic, combining leisure facilities, business opportunities and social amenities for their residents — from schools and medical centers to shopping malls, theaters and restaurants.

Out of touch?

Yet not everyone is convinced. Critics warn that many of these new developments will only serve a tiny elite, exacerbating an already deep divide between the haves and have-nots.

“They are essentially designed for people with money,” says Vanessa Watson, professor of city planning at the University of Cape Town. She describes many of the plans as unsustainable “urban fantasies” that ignore the reality of African cities, where most people are still poor and live informally.

“What many of these new cities are doing will result in the exclusion and the forced removal of those kind of informal areas, which quite often are on well-located land,” says Watson. In some cases, entire settlements have been relocated and large plots of land have been cleared to make way for the proposed projects.

Critics also bemoan a lack of adequate research to gauge the impact of some new developments on the local environment and economies.

They point out the “ghost town” of Kilamba in Angola, a grandiose project often labeled as a white elephant. Built afresh outside the capital Luanda, Kilamba was designed to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people but remains largely empty due to its expensive housing and unfavorable location.

But for others, these new developments have the potential to reshape Africa’s urban future. “Our objective is to provide the basic infrastructure, planning and necessary management framework in creating satellite cities that reverses the current trend of unplanned development and urban congestion in most of Africa’s growing cities,” says Tim Beighton, of Rendeavour, which is developing several new cities in Africa.

Here, some of these bold projects are shown. Tell us what you think about them in the comments section below.

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Nigeria Has Been Stagnant For So Long, It Is Time To Change – Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday tasked political leaders to adopt practical measures to accelerate effective utilisation of human and natural resources for sustainable development in the country.

Obasanjo gave the challenge while speaking at the maiden Jigawa Economic and Investment Summit in Dutse.

The summit was organised by the state as part of the activities to mark the 2013 Democracy Day celebration.

Obasanjo said that Nigeria was endowed with abundant natural and human resources, which could be transformed to the social and economic benefit of the people.

“Nigeria is a land of opportunities and it is blessed with all it takes to develop, it has been stagnant for so long, it is about time to change these opportunities to actuality.

“There is no reason why we should not do that, we must invest in education to save the larger population of the country or else our population will become a liability,” he said.

The former president said that for Nigeria to attain sustainable development, children must be trained, educated and be skilled in every sector to be self-reliant.

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NIGERIA: Another Rail Accident As Train Derails In Lagos

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A section of a train returning from Ijoko in Lagos State to its base at Ebutte Metta, Lagos on Wednesday derailed at Agege, in an incident said to have been caused by defective tracks.

As of 11am on Wednesday, the scene of the accident had been cordoned off by policemen from the Railway police.

An employee of the National Railway Corporation who spoke to PUNCH on the condition of anonymity said that the driver of the locomotive also shared the blame in the accident.

“The rails were not aligned properly; there was a gap between them which ought not to be. It so happened that the driver who was driving the locomotive, was moving at a high speed. When he ran into the improperly laid rails, the locomotive was thrown off the rails.

“Although the driver was hurt, the injuries are not life threatening. The accident could have been avoide d though if he wasn’t speeding. Both the driver and those responsible for laying the tracks, will be sanctioned,” he said.

Confirming the accident, spokesperson for the NRC in Lagos, Mr. Adekanbi, said the cause of the accident was unknown.

“I am not at the scene right now so I cannot tell you if the cause of the accident were the rails. We have our own methods of handling such situations.

“At the moment, all we are doing is trying to get the locomotive back on the rails so that it can be moved away. The cause of the accident is unknown, but the driver is unhurt.

“It is when we are able to get the locomotive back on the rails that we can say what caused the accident. However, it is a minor accident,” Adekanbi said.

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Minister: Corruption Now Full-blown Cancer in Nigeria

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Minster of Education, Professor Ruquayyatu Rufai, has noted that Nigeria’s growth will never achieve her full potential if the country allows corruption, which she described as a full-blown cancer, to continue to thrive.

Insisting that things have to change so that Nigeria can survive and develop into an orderly, reasonable and predictable way, the minister noted that since corruption had now become the single biggest bane of the country, it should no longer be condoned.

Represented by a Director in her ministry, Alhaji Ahmed Rakaya, the minister said these in Abuja at the public presentation of the teachers guide for the teaching of the National Values Curriculum in Basic Education at the headquarters of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC).

According to her, the most veritable way of tackling corruption head-on and at all level in Nigeria, is to educate the masses on national values, path of the truth and the knowledge of the truth.

Speaking on the presence of corruption in the education sector, Rufai' said they were trying to reduce it to the barest minimum and would not spare anybody found encouraging it.

“We conducted two levels of UTME examination, pen and paper test, and computer operated test. The two tests conducted were free and fair, and result released within 48 hours. Over 16,000 candidates had their results canceled as a result of corrupt practices and other offences.

“We shall be resolute in our decision as there are no sacred cows. Nobody, no matter how highly placed, will be allowed to get away with the breach of the law or perpetration of corruption and evil in our colleges and tertiary institutions,” she said.

The ICPC Chairman, Ekpo Nta, while stating the reason for printing the books, said the current Nigerian curriculum was becoming more science and technical biased, while the teaching of ethical and moral values continued to be neglected, hence the need for more efforts to address the ethical gap in the nation’s education sector.

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Navy Warns Pirates to Keep off Nigeria’s Maritime Area

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In the wake of the recent piracy attacks in Nigeria's maritime domain, the Nigerian Navy (NN)  Wednesday warned pirates to desist from their nefarious activities or face the consequences.

The Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, made this disclosure during the ongoing 57th anniversary of the NN, held at Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos.

Also, as part of the activities earmarked to celebrate the anniversary, which coincided with the Democracy Day celebrations, the navy took over 350 civilians on a sea trip.

The event, which was held at the grounds of Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft, one of the units under the WNC and commanded by Commodore Chris Ezekobe, saw a large number of civilians gracing the occasion.

The civilians were taken on the sea trip on NNS Makurdi, NNS Obula, two Shaldag and Andoni ships.

The ships were escorted by the Special Boat Services (SBS) of the navy led by its commander, Lieutenant Commander Kola Omopariola, who also led his team to perform special demonstration for the civilians when the ships berthed.

According to Ibas, in pursuance of the mandate of President Goodluck Jonathan to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Dele Ezeoba, the command had already made several arrests of oil thieves.

Three weeks ago, the men of the WNC arrested four Beninese for illegal bunkering and recovered the stolen products.

The suspects were arrested around SBN, along Atlas Cove, an area known for illegalities, including illegal bunkering of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in that axis, with jerry cans loaded with petroleum products.

Some of those arrested were part of the over 40 ships arrested in Nigerian maritime domain in the last eight months as revealed by Ezeoba during one of such forum targeted at fighting sea criminalities.

Again, bearing in mind the overview of the strategic elements of Nigeria's maritime environment, which encapsulates over 5,700 oil wells, 112 flow stations, 16 gas plants, 126 production platforms, six floating production storage offloading (FPSO) platforms and 13 crude oil terminals, the navy stressed its readiness to protect them from criminals.

While adding that the command would not relent in cleaning up the waterways and protecting Nigeria’s oil facilities at sea, Ibas said the essence of the sea trip was to give opportunities to civilians to see the navy and how it operates.

He also said 'Operation Prosperity', a joint maritime patrol between NN and Benin Republic set up to combat maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea, was yielding tremendous results by protecting the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of both countries.

Corroborating the FOC, the Command Information Officer, Lieutenant Commander Jerry Omodara, said the navy would  always take the general public to sea because it is their (the public's) navy, adding that the essence of the trip was for them to be acquainted with the operations of the navy.

He said:  "On board NNS Obula, we had over 200 civilians and this does not include those on board the four other ships who are part of this exercise. At least, it afforded us the opportunity to bring our public closer.”

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NIGERIA: CJN Introduces Measures to Fast-track Corruption, Terrorism, Kidnap Cases

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukhtar, has initiated sweeping changes across the courts that will enable them conclude criminal cases on time as against the present arrangement where it takes years to conclude such cases.

In this regard, the CJN is working with chief judges of states’ high courts, the Abuja High Court, the Federal High Court and presiding justices of the various divisions of the Court of Appeal to put in place an efficient system that will eliminate delays in criminal trials.

Under the scheme, a model practice direction was developed for all courts to fast-track trials of offences involving terrorism, rape, kidnapping, corruption, money laundering, human trafficking and related matters.

Copies of the practice direction prepared for all the states’ high court, the Abuja High Court and the Federal High Court were exclusively obtained by THISDAY.
In what may yet turn out to be her biggest achievement, Justice Mukhtar has also extended the practice direction to the Supreme Court and the Appeal Court.

The new practice direction for the Supreme Court, which will soon be signed by the CJN, now requires lawyers to leave their phone numbers and emails so that notices of court sittings can be communicated to them quickly.

The new practice direction reads: “In exercise of the powers conferred on me by Section 236 of the Constitution, as amended, Order 10 Rule 2, Supreme Court Rules, 1999, and by virtue of all other powers enabling me in that behalf, I Aloma Maria Mukhtar, GCON, Chief Justice of Nigeria, hereby issue the following Practice Directions for the Supreme Court.”

Titled, “Criminal Appeals Relating to the Offences of Terrorism, Rape, Kidnapping, Corruption, Money Laundering, Human Trafficking and Related Matters”, the new practice direction seeks to establish a specialised system of case management in the Supreme Court that will provide for fair, impartial, expeditious administration of criminal appeals arising out of the cases listed above.
The new rules under the practice direction shall be applied to eliminate unnecessary delays in the transmission and conduct of appeals and reduce the expense and time spent on appeals by all parties involved in the criminal justice system.

It will also enable the CJN to fast-track the hearing and determination of appeals in respect of cases which fall under the offences of terrorism, rape, kidnapping, corruption, money laundering and human trafficking.

The new rules will “reduce the time spent on hearing and determination of interlocutory applications both at the trial court and on appeal and minimise the avenues for parties to make use of interlocutory applications as means to frustrate or delay the expeditious conduct of cases at the courts below; and
“Minimise undue adjournments and delays occasioned by counsel.”

To this end, the new rules try to reduce the excesses of lawyers and the tactics they often employ to frustrate criminal trials.

The rules provide: “No party may serve a notice of an application on another party on the date scheduled for hearing.”

Parties and their lawyers are also expected to furnish the court registrar with their primary and secondary telephone (GSM) numbers and email addresses.
The new rules also abridged the time within which records must be complied and transmitted to appellate courts.

In this regard, the court registrar is empowered to within seven days summon the parties to settle the documents to be included in the record of appeal.

Parties in criminal cases, particularly those relating to the offences of terrorism, rape, kidnapping, corruption, money laundering and human trafficking, will no longer be allowed to amend their notices of appeal more than twice.

The Supreme Court will also give priority to appeals involving the cases listed above and where possible hear such appeals on a day-to-day basis until final determination of the appeals.

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NIGERIA: Annie Okonkwo’s Sister-in-Law Kidnapped

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Kidnappers have seized the sister-in-law to a former senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Senator Annie Okonkwo.

Although details were sketchy as at press time, it was gathered  Wednesday that she was abducted on her way home from her sister's house in Ikoyi.
She was however lucky as she was released the next day.

According to reports, the victim, who was in company with her three children, was heading to her house in FESTAC Town after attending a birthday party in her sister's home in Ikoyi last Sunday when she was abducted.

The family became worried when report reached them that she did not show up at home that night, prompting them to report the incident at the nearest police station.
What further heightened their panic was the fact that the vehicle she rode in was found parked a few metres from where she was abducted.

However, by Monday, CODEWIT gathered that the victim was released after a ransom of N1 million was paid to the kidnappers.
No arrests have been made yet by the police.

Although the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, confirmed the kidnapping and the subsequent release, she could not immediately confirm if any ransom was paid.

A call put across to the senator's aide, simply identified as Mr. Collins, was not answered neither did he reply the text message sent to his phone.

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NIGERIA: Again, Sanusi Bags Central Bank Governors’ Award

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The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has been conferred with the 2013 Africa “Central Bank Governor of the Year” award by the renowned IC Publications Group, in collaboration with Business in Africa Events, at Marrakech, Morocco.

The award, which is the third for Sanusi in three years, was presented to the CBN Governor yesterday, at the African Banker awards gala dinner held at the impressive Taj Palace, Marrakech, Morocco.

According to the publisher, African Banker and Managing Director, IC Events, Omar Ben Yedder, the award is in recognition of Sanusi’s remarkable leadership role and consistent contribution to banking reforms in Nigeria, which have inspired his peers to emulate him across the continent of Africa and beyond.

“The African banker awards committee has commended you (Sanusi) on your outstanding work in the past years in sustaining reforms; ensuring macroeconomic stability, protecting the independence of the central bank and enhancing many aspects of Nigerian banking adoption of new technologies for financial inclusion; continuous modernisation and more transparent disclosures including adopting higher reporting standards to banks,” he said.

The organisers of the award, which has the African Developmet Bank Group as its official patron, noted that the latter reforms championed by Sanusi are having an impact not only on the banking industry but also on the country as a whole.

“The awards committee has also highlighted that you have been continuously singled out by many of your central banking peers, international bankers, investors and development partners as a reformist governor with integrity, candour, energy and exceptional courage,” Yedder added.

The committee emphasised that Africa’s improved reputation was attributable, largely in part, to the efoorts of leaders such as Sanusi, who as central bank governor has made exceptional contributions to the economic and social development of the African continent.

In his acceptance speech, Sanusi attributed all the successes recorded under his leadership as the CBN Governor to the team work of all staff of the CBN as well as the continued support of the federal government and the National Assembly.

While noting that there had been challenges along the way, he expressed confidence that the CBN, and indeed central banks around the continent, will continue to ensure macroeconomic stability, which central bankers beyond the shores of Africa could emulate.
According to him, the award would provide him and his team the need impetus to drive the reforms needed to enhance sound economic development and growth.

Sanusi, who will be four years in office as CBN Governor in June 2013, anchored his globally commended reforms in the Nigerian banking and financial sector on four pillars: enhancing the quality of banks, establishing financial stability  sector, enabling healty financial sector evolution, and ensuring that the financial sector contributes to the real sector of the economy.

The African Banker awards is co-founded and co-organised with Business in Africa Events. The annual event, held alongside the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings, was graced by Central Bank governors, Finance Ministers and banks’ chief executive officers from across Africa and beyond.

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NIGERIA: No Celebration in Yobe, Borno

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The Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, and his Borno State counterpart, Alhaji Kashim Shettima,  Wednesday ordered residents of the states to use the celebration of Democracy Day as a sober reflection period to pray for the return of permanent peace to the states and the country in general.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Public Affairs and Communications, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, Gaidam asked that the occasion should be celebrated low-key, stressing that there was need to pray for the continued peace of the state.

Bego claimed that, “so far, Damaturu township has enjoyed nine straight months of violence free”, noting that the feat called for gratitude to God with renewed prayers for its sustenance.

He also said there had been uninterrupted peace in other parts of the state in the last two months, stressing that: “His Excellency, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, has enjoined all Yobean to celebrate the Democracy Day by praying in their respective churches and mosques for the continuing sustenance of the peace that had so far returned to us.”

Meanwhile, Shettima, while urging the people of the state to be united as the nation continues to find solution to the security challenges, said leaders, their supporters, political actors and other Nigerians could not afford to fight one another, especially with the current state of insecurity in the country.

Shettima, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mallam Isa Gusau, the governor called on leaders, political actors and citizens within and outside the State to come together as one so that they focus on addressing the problems facing the states and the nation.

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State of Emergency: Police Dogs Foil Boko Haram Infiltration

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Operatives of the Joint Task Force (JTF) have stepped up their onslaught against members of the Boko Haram sect with the use of trained military police dogs to foil insurgents infiltration and capturing 50 of them in the process.

This was disclosed yesterday by the Director of Defence Information (DDI), Brig-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who said the dogs were participating in the cordon and search phase of the special operations against terrorism in the country.

Olukolade said the dogs were instrumental in foiling various attempts by the insurgents to either escape, infiltrate military camps or escape to the neighbouring countries of Niger Republic and Chad.

He said: " Various attempts being made by the insurgents to escape to enter towns and cities in the North-east as troops dislodge them from their forest bases, have been foiled by the dogs.

"The efforts of the specially trained dogs have so far led to the arrest of over 50 terrorists who were trying to infiltrate Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital."
The DDI revealed that more than 15 of the insurgents were arrested with arms concealed in their body or properties.

He said cordon and search has been intensified as the forests in the North-east are being combed for terrorists.

He further revealed that at the deseri forest, three  Hilux vehicles mounted with anti-aircraft weapons were destroyed, one Volkswagen Golf car and four motorcycles were also recovered.

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