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    WTC Abuja Residences Elevates Urban Living with Unrivaled Luxury, Connectivity, Community



    WTC Abuja Residences, built by the Churchgate Group in a choice location in Abuja, is a great combination of urban living that presents an unrivaled luxury, connectivity, and community. Bennett Oghifo writes

    Churchgate Group’s WTC Abuja Residences is designed and rendered to provide Luxury Living, Mr Karim Adelaja Ahmed, Vice President World Trade Center Abuja, stating that the company’s journey into luxury real estate began with a steadfast commitment to excellence and a vision to redefine the standards of opulence in Nigeria.

    Ahmed said the World Trade Center Abuja represents a beacon of opulence and prosperity in the heart of Nigeria’s Federal Capital City. With a vision to redefine luxury living and corporate excellence, the WTC Abuja stands as a meticulously planned complex spanning over 100,000 square meters, embodying the epitome of sophistication; purposeful luxury and innovation. The core vision of WTC Abuja is to set a new standard for luxury real estate development, featuring a residential tower and AAA offices that exude sophistication and opulence. A meticulously planned complex, the WTC Abuja seamlessly blends modernity with Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, offering a distinctive experience for those who seek the pinnacle of refined living. Presently, the residences and offices within the WTC Abuja Complex are ready and occupied. The vision unfolds as individuals seamlessly transition between “living, working and playing” – all within the same prestigious location. With 120 luxury apartments and 33,000 square meters of office space, WTC Abuja is not just a development; it is a purposefully built community that caters to every aspect of an elite lifestyle.

    The WTC Abuja towers, he said, proudly stand as the first purpose-built World Trade Center in West Africa. As you drive from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the 25-story towers emerge as a symbol of distinction, welcoming you into the Central Business District like no other real estate development. WTC Abuja is more than a complex; it is a manifestation of the Churchgate Group’s commitment to promoting trade, business investment, hospitality, and tourism in Nigeria. Aligned with the goals of the World Trade Centers Association, WTC Abuja is positioned as the premier address for upscale office spaces, luxury residences, retail shopping, and leisure activities in Nigeria and Africa.

    On the choice of Abuja for the development of the iconic towers, he said, “While Lagos thrives as a commercial hub, Abuja emerges as the epicenter of commerce in Africa – an evolving business hub, the center of political power, and global business in the continent. WTC Abuja aims to be the distinctive landmark and iconic complex befitting Nigeria’s Federal capital city, offering an environment for residents to interact with influencers and leverage high-brow society connections.”

    Founded 1968, the Churchgate Group has consistently embraced a forward-thinking approach, leveraging its expertise and unwavering dedication to delivering unparalleled quality in every project, he said.

    “Our decision to invest in the luxury niche stems from our belief in providing not just housing but a lifestyle that transcends expectations. We recognise the discerning tastes of our clientele and understand the importance of creating living spaces that reflect sophistication, innovation, and cultural richness. By focusing on luxury real estate, we aim to set new benchmarks and elevate the standards of living in Nigeria.

    “The Churchgate Group is defined by its unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of quality. Our core values revolve around integrity, customer satisfaction, and a forward-thinking mindset. As a conglomerate, we diversify our investments across various sectors, with a common thread of delivering exceptional value and contributing positively to the growth and development of Nigeria.”

    The World Trade Centre Abuja, he said, is a monumental project that demanded meticulous planning and adherence to the highest standards. While the vision was grand, various factors, including regulatory approvals, intricate architectural designs, and the complexity of integrating diverse facilities, contributed to the extended timeline. Despite challenges, our unwavering commitment to delivering an iconic and world-class development remained steadfast.

    Discussing how Churchgate is weathering the storms of a debilitating Nigerian economy, occasioned by hyperinflation and unstable exchange rates, he said, “Navigating the challenges posed by a challenging economic landscape requires adaptability and resilience. Churchgate Group employs strategic financial management, innovative solutions, and a proactive approach to mitigate the impact of hyperinflation and unstable exchange rates. Our focus on delivering value and maintaining high standards ensures that we not only weather the storms but also emerge stronger in the face of economic challenges.”

    On what Nigerians, especially property enthusiasts, should expect from the Churchgate Group going forward, he said, “Looking ahead, Nigerians and property enthusiasts can anticipate the Churchgate Group’s continued commitment to excellence and innovation. We remain dedicated to shaping the future of luxury real estate in Nigeria, introducing iconic developments that redefine the landscape. Our focus includes expanding our portfolio, embracing sustainable practices, and contributing significantly to the growth and transformation of Nigeria’s real estate sector. As a beacon of sophistication, Churchgate Group is poised to set new standards and create enduring legacies for generations to come.”

    He said for Investors affiliated with the World Trade Center Association, WTC Abuja provides access to diverse global business and economic opportunities. Proximity to the seat of power in Nigeria offers the chance to influence international trade and policy decisions directly.

    He said, “For residents and businesses, located in the Diplomatic zone, WTC Abuja ensures added security, creating a peaceful environment for both work and residence. Unbeatable location – only 5 minutes away from Federal government offices and the seat of power – offering business proximity to the entire Abuja metropolis. Convenient transportation with the Abuja Metro railway adjacent to the complex, ensuring a 15-minute commute to and from the international airport. As we welcome high-net-worth local and international organisations to the World Trade Center Abuja, we invite you to be part of a legacy that redefines luxury, sophistication, and prosperity in the heart of Nigeria’s capital.

    On what sets WTC Abuja Residences apart for those seeking a unique living experience, he said, “WTC Abuja’s prime city center location offers unparalleled access to business districts, commercial centers, and recreational facilities—a true embodiment of vibrant urban living. Complementing this are world-class amenities meticulously crafted to enhance the overall quality of life, prioritising resident safety with top-notch security features. Inside the apartments, luxury and comfort prevail, fostering a sense of community through engaging social events and networking activities.

    “The residential towers provide an exceptional opportunity for luxurious living through rental arrangements. A thriving community has been steadily growing for up to three years, offering a lifestyle that fosters a profound sense of belonging. The towers boast a diverse residency, contributing to the dynamic and cosmopolitan nature of the WTC Abuja community, making it a long-term lifestyle choice.

    “WTC Abuja Residences not only foster networking and interaction among professionals and entrepreneurs, opening avenues for business partnerships and collaborations but also offer an exclusive recreational clubhouse for its residents. Regular community events, networking programs, and industry-specific gatherings provide opportunities for residents to connect, ensuring that the potential for collaboration extends beyond the workplace.

    “The recreational clubhouse is more than just a haven; it is a sanctuary crafted exclusively for the residents of the apartment tower. Picture this: a realm where residents not only unwind but flourish, where every amenity whispers the promise of an elevated lifestyle. This is no ordinary facility; it is an extraordinary space designed to enrich lives on multiple fronts. Your journey begins with a state-of-the-art fitness club, where wellness isn’t just a routine but a lifestyle. Imagine an executive lounge that exudes sophistication, tennis and squash courts that ignite your competitive spirit, and an infinity swimming pool that beckons you to dive into luxury. But that’s not all – our clubhouse is a tapestry of experiences. Feel the beat of excitement at our vibrant bar, rejuvenate your senses at the spa, and entrust your little ones to the care of our crèche. For those who seek a different rhythm, we’ve laid out a jogging track that winds its way through serenity. More than just a collection of amenities, the clubhouse is a testament to our commitment to communal well-being. We believe in fostering physical health and reducing stress, creating an environment where satisfaction blooms among our cherished residents.

    “WTC Abuja Residences redefine luxury living, exclusivity, and privacy with meticulously designed spaces that reflect sophistication and opulence. Privacy is paramount with secure entry points and personalized services. The development attracts a diverse range of residents, creating a unique tapestry of experiences in an inclusive and enriching community that adheres to global standards of living. I invite like-minded individuals and families to join our exclusive enclave. Beyond lavish living spaces and world-class amenities, our residences foster connections and professional collaborations. The residential towers, a hidden gem available for rent, house a thriving community that has embraced this unique lifestyle for up to three years. It is more than a residence; it is a lifestyle investment. Seize the opportunity to become part of a diverse and elite community—the essence of refined living in the capital city.”


    Medical tourism abroad CMD tasks wealthy Nigerians to support healthcare delivery



    Medical tourism abroad CMD tasks wealthy Nigerians to support healthcare delivery

    The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Ilorin, Kwara State, Professor Yussuf Abdullah Dasliva, at the weekend called on the wealthy individuals in the country to continue to support the government at all levels in the efforts to improve healthcare delivery for the populace.

    Dasliva however said that, such support would also reduce medical tourism overseas in the country.

    Speaking in Ilorin during the official commissioning of multi billion naira the Batuli Ajiferuke Shagaya Burn Intensive Care Unit (BAS-BICU) building in the UITH, Prof. Yusuf, stated that, apart from this, it would also boost the quality of healthcare delivery in the country.

    The facility was donated by Alhaji Sheriff Shagaya and he is the son of the wealthy woman, Alhaja Muina Shagaya.

    He said that, “Let me reiterate that we should endeavour to delineate donations from Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP).

    “Donations are usually made to support various government activities/functions in order to improve/expand services to the citizenry/humanity without any anticipatory accruals (personal/groups).

    “Whereas, PPP are aimed at accruals to parties involved, and are usually not done by fiats but through laid down rules/due processes.

    “Thus, once donations are made to Government/Government establishments, such donations automatically become the responsibilities of government/its establishments to manage, in accordance with the intended purposes, without any individual/group of individuals wanting to take control of such donations or sharing the accruals; nor constituting any Board of Trustee (BOT) for government properties. Such acts are absolutely illegal and should not be contemplated”.

    The CMD appreciated the donor, saying that the project would ensure provision of quality health care and attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) to the populace.

    The CMD, who solicited more donations (in whatever forms) to UITH, llorin, added that such donations would enable the hospital (with its abundant expertise) to continually improve and expand its quality healthcare provisions; and further contribute to reducing the tides of the increasing medical tourism overseas.

    Earlier, the donor, Alhaji Shagaya said that, though, healthcare is a basic human right, but it is far from being equally accessible to all.

    Alhaji Shagaya, thus, called on Nigerians to bridge gap in health care provisions and provide quality healthcare to those who need it most, since governments cannot shoulder the responsibility alone.

    “This project is not just a token of our love for philanthropy, but a reflection of our recognition that we all have a part to play in strengthening our society.

    “Healthcare is a basic human right, yet it is far from being equally accessible to all. The onus is on us, as responsible citizens, to bridge this gap and provide quality healthcare to those who need it most.

    “While our government is doing its best, they cannot shoulder this responsibility alone. It is our duty as fellow human beings to lend a helping hand”, he said.

    The donor, who said that he lost his grandmother, Batuli Ajiferuke Shagaya, to burns, added that the death inspired him to spearhead the project.

    “The pain of losing my grandmother, a loss I still carry with me to this day, is inseparable from the hope that we can save others from a similar fate.

    “It is a project that would have filled my grandmother with pride had she been here today.

    “The Batuli Ajiferuke Shagaya Burn Intensive Care Unit (BAS-BICU) building in UITH, Ilorin marks a significant milestone in the healthcare sector, particularly in the management of acute burns.

    “The new intensive care unit aimed to meet the objective of limiting the systemic insult that accompanies burn injuries, it also aimed at providing a higher level of specialized care to patients suffering from burns.

    “It will also play a crucial role in preventing infections related to invasive procedures and improving the overall care and treatment of burn patients.

    “The BAS-BICU will serve as a beacon of hope for those who have been afflicted with severe burns, offering a higher level of care that will not only improve treatment outcomes but also help prevent devastating infections and improve the overall quality of life for those who require such specialized care”, he said.

    Shagaya said that, “the over N250million Burn Center is unmatched in the North Central region, adding that, the state-of-the-art facilities therein, “are to serve the needs of our community, to save lives, and to promote healing and recovery

    The equipment you see before you will serve as tools in the hands of skilled professionals, transforming the treatment of burn patients in our country”.

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    ‘I’m Not Interested,’ Ndume Rejects Appointment As Senate Tourism Committee Chair



    ‘I’m Not Interested,’ Ndume Rejects Appointment As Senate Tourism Committee Chair

    The Senator representing Borno South Ali Ndume has rejected the chairmanship of the Committee on Tourism in the upper lawmaking body.

    Ndume was sacked as the senate chief whip over comments he made criticising President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s running of the country.

    He was subsequently picked as the chairman of the Senate Community on Tourism, a move the vocal lawmaker has turned down.

    “So, I’m not interested in accepting the committee on tourism for the two reasons I told you,” the Borno South lawmaker said in his Maiduguri hometown, 48 hours after he was sacked as the chief whip.

    “I told you I’m inexperienced in that. I don’t know anything, I’m not knowledgeable about tourism. So, I would, if any, prefer to remain as an ordinary member so that I can learn about tourism.”

    ‘Act of God’

    He likened his removal to an act of God.

    “Secondly, the party that recommended to the Senate that I should be removed from being the chief whip of the Senate, I take that as an act of God because if it is God who gave me that position. It is God that took it through APC. So, I bear no grudges about that,” he said.

    “After all, I did not contest to be the chief whip. I did not contest to be the vice chairman of the appropriation committee. I contested to be the se one of the Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God granted me that victory and I’m happy with God, what God has given to me.”

    ‘I’m Not Wrong’

    He also defended his comments, saying there was nothing wrong with them.

    “I did not say anything wrong. And therefore I want to state that I stand by all my statements in the interview I granted,” the senator insisted.

    “So, I know that I’m not wrong. The people are not wrong by speaking the truth and standing by the truth,” the 64-year-old.

    “And I pray that the president who by now, I expect the message should have gotten to him, looks at what I have said and takes appropriate measures to eliminate the suffering of the people.”

    Following his sack, there were calls for his resignation as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

    But Ndume said the decision to quit the APC requires consultations.

    “So, I’m not a new member. I didn’t join APC just like that. It was in consultation with my people that I joined APC. I take his advice and I will get, I know across to my people,” the lawmaker said.

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    Governor’s wife showcases Kwara’s tourism wealth



    The wife of Kwara Governor, Olufolake Abdulrasaq, on Thursday, urged local and international tourists to explore the tourism potential in the state.

    Mrs Abdulrazaq made the call in Ilorin at the ongoing annual general meeting (AGM) and conference of the National Association of Nigeria Tour Operators (NATOP).

    The AGM has its theme as “Tourism as Catalyst for Progress, Peace and Partnership”.

    “Kwara, with its vantage in the North-central region, is endowed with immense and captivating tourist destinations, widely referred to as ‘a wonder in the wilderness’.

    “The Owu Falls is the highest and most spectacular natural waterfall in West Africa.

    “Founded in 1945 and widely referenced as the mother of all museums in Nigeria, the Esie Museum is located in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

    “We have Imole Boja Rock Shelter; we also have the Sobi Hills, the University of Ilorin Zoological Garden, the Dada Pottery, and the Aso-oke weaving centres, among other very interesting sites.

    “In celebrating our culture and traditions, we equally have the annual Ilorin Durbar, the Gani Festival, the Shao Mass Wedding and the Patigi Boat Regatta, to mention a few,” she said.

    Mrs Abdulrazaq, who commended the tour operators for bringing their annual conference to the state, urged them to explore the spots mentioned and further promote the economic potential of the state.

    She said Kwara’s rich historical background, wonders of nature and exquisite cultural events are sights to behold.

    She said Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrasaq was leaving no stone unturned to ensure that opportunities in the tourism sector in the state were maximised.

    According to her, this is evident in the government’s engagements in partnerships, evolving investment-friendly policies and putting in place infrastructure to drive all sectors of the state’s economy.

    “In complementing this drive of government, my office and the Ajike People Support Centre are actively involved in promoting tourism and celebrating the cultural heritage of our people.

    “It may interest you to know that during our host of the Commonwealth quiz competition, top functionaries of the British government were conducted around some of these beautiful sites.

    “Also, I have sponsored some of our traditional aso-oke weavers to participate in fashion shows of international repute to showcaseenhanceate and enhancing their capacities,” she said.

    Akonitv reports that the conference began on 17 July and will end on 20 July.

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