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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

American International Hospital Calabar


"OMMA Healthcare is currently developing the new American International Hospital Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. This new US Standard acute care facility is being designed by Rees Associates. The hospital is scheduled to open in 2012 and will provide a new standard of medical care to the citizens of Nigeria." - OMMA Website





"The Government of Nigeria desires to provide quality healthcare to the people of the Calabar region as well as provide an excellent environment for persons traveling to the Calabar, Cross Rivers region to receive healthcare services The REES solution is a 200 bed, four level hospital on a complete campus offering an outpatient clinic, residential housing, retail and a hospitality hotel and conference center. Ease and quality services for patients, visitors and employees is a prime concern for the Nigerian government.



The hospital is directly linked to clinic and the outpatient services which includes a 12 exam room clinic, outpatient dialysis center, outpatient infusion center, radiation oncology and an outpatient pharmacy. Two, three-level residential buildings providing 100 living units is connected to the hospital through pedestrian walkways. Also all five, 400 square meter retail buildings are linked by a series of covered pedestrian walkways. The hospital is located at the highest point of the highest point of the site for a high profile presence to the surrounding community and travelers passing through. The exterior is simple to directly reflect the clear and functional planning of the hospital." - Rees Website

Rees is a U.S. based architectural, planning, and interior design firm - established in 1975.

It's about time I must say!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Tubali: Hausa Architecture



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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Residents of Makoko made homeless

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Nigeria Adopts Global Standards for Interior Designers and Architects


'NIGERIA, yesterday, adopted the declaration of International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), a global body that sets standards for industry operators.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, called for stronger partnership between professionals in the sector and government as he believed that it would help unlock enormous potentials in architecture and interior designs and enhancing the country’s drive towards sustainable growth.
Sambo also expressed that “a properly managed built environment would stimulate development.”

He charged the private sector to key into government’s aspiration to make housing affordable to all income earners.

IFI declaration contains a set of professional codes that architects and designers of countries subscribed to it are expected to imbibe while discharging their responsibilities. When the codes are religiously enforced, designers earn more trust from clients who are in turn compensated with improved services.

Reciting the declaration to Sambo and other participants, Caan said: “This is what we do; what we create and what we give… It is the difference we make and why we choose this noble profession.” She read the declaration, which covers expectations from designers as regards value, relevance, responsibility, culture, business, knowledge and identity before handing it over to Sambo.

Earlier, Caan, who alongside the Executive Board of IFI visited the country for the first time, lauded the Lagos State government for ongoing rehabilitation in the state. She, however, charged government to pay more attention to infrastructure and education, which she said, are critical to economic development. She also tasked local designers on originality of ideas.

Experts at the plenary called for the institution of necessary policies to deepen local content in the sector. Improved local participation, they said, would stop capital flight via importation of interior decorations, which they put at $6 billion yearly.'

Paraphrased from: The Guardian Nigeria

Friday, 5 October 2012

Off Topic

I discovered an article where President Jonatham discusses Nigeria's future..

"Jonathan therefore announced that Nigeria’s foreign policy would henceforth be based on attracting greater foreign direct investments to accelerate domestic growth and create jobs for Nigerians."

“I am confident that by 2015, Nigeria would have witnessed transformation in all sectors to the benefit of not only its citizens, but also those who have an interest in the country,” he said.
The security challenges in the country still featured in his address, but the President declared that his administration was on top of the situation. “We are dealing with the issue decisively. It will soon be a thing of the past.

It is the sentence, I have highlighted in bold, that seriously irritates me. I really wish that our leaders would stop trying to master the art of smooth talking and actually do things.

I rarely delve into politics, and that will be the same case here but let it be known, I cannot stand when leaders talk very nonchalantly about extremely serious issues.

It's the same as if a Doctor handing you a lollipop to calm down your nerves after telling you that he's found a tumour in your brain.

It's ridiculous!

We trust you to help us, not to soothe us, who cares about words, when the actions are the consequences we live with every day of our lives...

Oh Nigeria!!


Source: The Guardian Nigeria

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