The president, and other fellow GBO family members,
Recall that the feasibility of the water project has been on for some time. Feasibility cannot be concluded in a partial format. A feasibility report is released based on holistic incorporation of the features of a feasibility study, of which the cost of land is an integral. Hence the feasibility is still at its feasibility processing stage.
Before proceeding, let me express my appreciation for the effort our president Engr. Isaac Igbinosun and all other GBO members have expended in the previous site acquisition bid. Mistakes are never totally ruled out of projects. There is also no perfect project planner, executor or monitor. It is on this basis that projects are well scrutinised from its grassroot via its cultivation, up to and throughout its life-span. If I may comment on the Owuo community site, beside the cost that is too exorbitant the location is not feasible. Furthermore, the size of the proposal also falls within the infeasibility realm. I put this statement here so that we can take it a s a guide or a lesson.
From the minutes of the meeting between GBO representatives and of Owuo community, one Mr Osabuohien, advised that “GBO should not just talk and talk and not back it up with action” this permits me to highlight that features that may hinder GBO from its project realisation excluding individual financial contribution unwillingness, the distance of the location and the size are principal factors.
All members of GBO live in different parts of Benin City – Siluko, Ekewan, Sapele, Sakponba, Lagos roads etc. Again, we all live in different parts of the word. The least distance is Europe, those who live in US, Canada etc are farther, it is unreasonable to having travelled all these kilometres, take more than 300 kilometres from Lagos to Benin, and then again embark on another very distant kilometres just to see how a project is doing, is not tenable. If such site is free, GBO can have it for palm tree project as example. One of the core objectives of GBO is culture which may include cultural dance, exhibition etc attached to GBO secretariat since it has been unanimously agreed that all GBO projects including the secretariat must dwell together in the same environment. Distance, if too far may eliminate this from GBO map on the long run. Cost of transportation of equipment, cost on the side of individual members of GBO who would want to visit the site, on ground site monitoring transport cost, personnel training access, parts replacement ease of access and transportation, availability of technical know-how personnel and ease of their transportation, the list is endless. All these may combine their efforts, hold the wheel and frustrate the mission. They will all amount to a mountain. In any industrial or call it project establishment, proximity is a vital criterion. It must be accessed easily and comfortably. If a project is in an uneasily accessible location, the beginning may see some effort, but over time, it will return to its original forest state. Trust me.
GBO is not ripe for 100 acres of land, it is still at its youth. As highlighted above, all GBO projects must be in a single location (As agreed), but care must be exercised not to over stretch the strength of GBO so that the projects will not end up being a mere illusionary utopia. Four plots of 100 square feet makes an acre. If one cost only 50,000 only and we required 100 acres, that will put the total price on N200,000 times 100 acres resulting to 20m, an equivalent of €50,000. This is not a small amount (except there an error in my estimate).
Quality is the core of all projects’ success. A hungry man can never give you a good work. I recommend therefore to pay for the transport and a mean (1 plate of e.g. rice, water or soft drink) for GBO representatives who may include our 3 principle family members: Mr Ogieva Nicholas, Barr. Famous Osawaru, and Madam Ifueko Ukonmwan) on any visit they make to any site. It is however better to use phone to ask important question before embarking on a site visit. However, this must be well documented. The cost of the land should be the first question and must be bargained fervently. This will show whether we will go ahead in the first place. I recommend a maximum distance of 30 km radius from the heart of Benin City. (closer, cheaper better). Any zone (direction) may be fine, but the topography of the location and every other environmental assessment must be done to avoid contradictions to environmental laws. The later may be limited to the peripheral for now, but questions maybe asked for any archaeological and monumental presence. The legal portion must not be edged. questions must be asked to ascertain its problem-free status. This implies questions like “is there personal or communal conflict in the area? Asking people in the community and surrounding ones will reveal this condition. The approximate population of the location, the number of surrounding villages and their respective approximate population, the current competitors already existing in the area, electricity status and its source if exist, current type of water usage and the source etc should be accessed and brought forth to my personal email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for evaluation. The table provided shows all these parameters for ease of implementation.
GBO must start her investments small and grow with it. For all social and cultural activities of GBO, a maximum of one acre (200ft by 200ft) is enough while a maximum of two acres (200ft by 400ft) is adequate for all other economic activities of GBO for now. These put together is an equivalent of 3acres (200 by 600 feet). As we grow and make profit, this can discretely increase to infinity. The world has advanced, technology has advanced as well, massive land is no longer a fundamental yardstick for the success of an investment. Well managed and equipped, reasonable land can bring forth, a huge economic seed.
Engr. Aghadiaye Ayo
Director of projects, GBO world-wide.
Feedback report to be submitted by 10/09/18
Barr. Famous Osawaru Suggestion:
“I would have suggest we buy only four plot in the one with C of O In Idogbo by pass for Secretariat and water plant project since the area is in town and some plot from Ekosa community sapele road close to Secretariat for farming since palm oil is already on it just to maintain it and continue harvesting”
GBO Members in support :
1. Barr. Famous Osawaru
2. Diva Ukponmwan
3. Don senator
4. Engr. Aghadiaye Ayo
5. Nicholas Ogieva
6. Meg Okao
7. Engr. Isaac Igbinosun
8. Victor Osazuwa
9. Uwagboe Ogieva
10. Elder Faluyi Osunde
11. Uyi Asemota
12. Friday Obasuyi
13. Joy Kythouka
14. Emokpae Odigie
Please notify good if you support above suggestion..
Going by Engr Aghadiaye earlier submission.
I assume GBO will be in two location at Idogbo 4plot and at Ekosa 10plot,
I assume in Ekosa 10plot for farming will be sold for 400k per plot instead of 500k. Meaning 10plot = 4m.
I also assume 4plot at Idogbo for sec and water company with 1m per plot = 4m
GBO Total plot = 4plot at Idogbo and 10plot at Ekosa amounting to 8million in total.
8million /20 = 400,000each
8,000,000 /80= 100,000each
For me this is ok.
WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS?