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Business Information

History

  • Pursuant to Awka Capital Development Authority Law, 2009, and Awka Capital Development Authority (Amendment) Law 2014 that came into force on the 15th day of April, 2014, as enacted by Anambra State House of Assembly, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) was established.
  • The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Dr.) Willie M. Obiano, on May 15, 2014, inaugurated the board of the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority charging it with the mandate to “transform Awka like Dubai did from 1990 to 2013.” The Board has a Chairman, an Executive Vice Chairman, a Secretary and seven other Board Members.

Governor Obiano’s Dream For Awka Capital Territory 

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“Transform Awka like Dubai did from 1990 to 2013”

-Gov. Willie Obiano-

Mandates Of The Authority

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Background and Development

The move to produce a Master Plan for the Awka Capital Territory is designed to help Government and the Private Sector improve the quality of life, productivity and sustainability of the new cities. The project’s aims include partnerships between all levels of government to promote high quality urban design, improve the quality of open space and public spaces, address high levels of car dependency and traffic congestion and help cities tackle the challenges of the natural environment.

A Master Plan is achieved by an urban design process whose main essence is about the public realm or how we create attractive spaces that support various land uses, commercial activities and make cities functional and attractive places to live. It’s how we shape the experience, character and feel of a city so that all the parts work together and make a city distinctive, attractive and commercially successful.

An urban design master plan should provide a common vision for the future.

Awka Capital Territory Location

  • The Capital Territory covers a land area of 400 square kilometer or 10 kilometer radius from Amawbia Junction.
  • The Capital Territory consists of six (6) Local Government Areas (LGAs), in part or in whole:      Anaocha, Awka North, Awka South,Dunukofia, Njikoka and Orumba North
  • The Capital Territory Area is bounded by the following coordinates:

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Departments Of The Authority

The Authority has the following Departments, each administered by a Head:

  1. Administration
  2. Development Control
  3. Engineering
  4. Finance
  5. Investment/Corporate Affairs
  6. Land Administration
  7. Urban/Regional Planning

ACTDA’s Mission Vision

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Mission Elements

Model Economically Sustainable City:

  • The new Awka Capital Territory will create new standards in design, environment, user-friendliness, inclusiveness, technology usage and use of space
  • We will do such a wonderful job of design and building of the city that other new cities will have to study new Awka Capital Territory for tips
  • The design and management of the city takes into consideration the entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes Ndi-Anambra

Cosmopolitan City:

  • Implies a home for all, a city that values and  diversity and inclusiveness

Excellent Infrastructure:

  • The city will embrace quality in the design and provision of infrastructure, they will not only be functional but also user-friendly and modern.

Investment Friendly:

  • The city will be built from an investor’s viewpoint.

ACTDA’s Strategic Objectives

Objective:   Commence development of the city – Awka Capital Territory

Initiative:     Complete production of all plan documents;

  • Development Control Manual (DCM)
  • Master Plan for Awka Capital Territory
  • Winning funding and City Marketing Plan
  • Phased implementation of the Master Plan
  • Effect a GIS for Awka Capital  Territory as pilot project for the State

Objective:     Seed early occupation of the city.

Initiative:     Establish a secretariat for the Authority at the heart of  the New City

Objective:     Mutual development of the Old and New City.

Initiative:     Renewal and regeneration of old Awka Capital Territory.

Objective:    Define a landmark as face and character for the City.

Initiative:    Partner with the private sector to build a landmark structure for Awka Capital Territory.

Objective:    Establish a robust IGR stream.

Initiative:    In addition to sources of revenue from the development control unit, ACTDA will generate substantial revenue through regulatory and implementation processes of partnering with the  private sector  investors in development  projects within Awka Capital Territory.

General Business Activities

ACTDA has been established as a Capital Territory Development Authority in Anambra State by HE Gov. Willie Obiano. Our core mandates that have formed our general business activities are

  • To prepare a Master Plan for the Capital Territory and of Land Use with respect to town planning within the Capital Territory.
  • To implement the Awka Capital Territory Master Plan.
  • To provide infrastructural services in accordance with the Master Plan.
  • To accelerate the infrastructural development of Awka Capital Territory.
  • To coordinate all building development activities of the private sector, parastatals and Government Agencies within Awka Capital territory.
  • To enforce compliance with appropriate standards within Awka Capital Territory in collaboration with other relevant Authorities and Agencies.
  • To carry out such other functions and duties as may be directed by the Governor.

Scope of Work

Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, through our Department of Development Control, is implementing the Master Plan of the ACT by a reasonable enforcement of urban renewal, processional dismantling of inappropriate structures and encroachments, guided by the Development Control Manual (DCM). ACTDA is also proposing new structures, road networks, drainage systems, parks and greenery, new layouts, estates (residential and industrial), traffic flow networks, decongestion of busy areas, relocation of parks and markets, etc, in order to achieve a conducive environment enabling growth and development.

PROJECTS COMPLETED

Temporary Head Office:

  • On June 13, 2014, Awka Capital Territory Authority (ACTDA) concluded Rental Arrangement for a temporary Head Office Building and immediately commenced the build-out and equipment process, Alongside ANSIPPA’s Office Building, Opposite ABS, along Onitsha-Enugu Expressway.
  • On July 30, 2014, ACTDA fully move into the temporary head office building.

Model City Concept for Awka Capital Territory:

  • In line with ACTDA’s mandate to build a Befitting World Class Capital City, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority first sought to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of the project; its financial goals; any regulatory drivers; and community perspectives. Thus, ACTDA realized that the first step, in its quest to achieve this laudable objective, was to determine the Model for Awka Capital City.
  • And to achieve this feat, Awka Capital Development Authority (ACTDA), engaged the services of a Reputable Research Services Firm to carry out a Comprehensive Features Analysis on Ten Cities, and this research was based on criteria highlighted hereunder;

1.Planning Principles

2.Infrastructure Development

3.Investment Attraction

4.Development Cost Elements

All these key factors mentioned formed the principal basis for this comparative study. However, other factors like Coverage Area, Population and Commercial Elements were also considered. And based on these factors, three Capital Cities were selected from the Ten Cities, and these are:

1.Dubai of United Arab Emirates

2.Seoul, the capital city of South Korea

3.Kigali, the capital city of Republic of Rwanda

  • This study aims at adopting the most efficient, productive, lucrative and affordable design principles for the purpose of producing a Befitting Model for Awka Capital city and indeed the entire Capital Territory.
  • Different Design Concepts were adopted from each of these Cities to give the proposed Awka Capital Territory an edge in becoming a World-Class City as the Governor H.E, Chief Willie Obiano desires.

Gap Analysis (Tour of ACT by Prospective Master Plan Firms)

This exercise was conducted to identify all the supporting research and economic data   collected as    well as the conclusions arrived at as a result of the analysis and synthesis   of such data.

Model City Concept For Awka Capital Territory

  • In line with ACTDA’s mandate to build a Befitting World Class Capital City, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority first sought to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of the project; its financial goals; any regulatory drivers; and community perspectives. Thus, ACTDA realized that the first step, in its quest to achieve this laudable objective, was to determine the Model for Awka Capital City.
  • And to achieve this feat, Awka Capital Development Authority (ACTDA), engaged the services of a Reputable Research Services Firm to carry out a Comprehensive Features Analysis on Ten Cities, and this research was based on criteria highlighted hereunder;

1.Planning Principles

2.Infrastructure Development

3.Investment Attraction

4.Development Cost Elements

All the aforementioned key factors formed the principal basis for this comparative study. However, other factors like Coverage Area, Population and Commercial Elements were also considered. And based on these factors, three Capital Cities were selected from the Ten Cities, and these are:

1.Dubai of United Arab Emirates

2.Seoul, the capital city of South Korea

3.Kigali, the capital city of Republic of Rwanda

  • This study aims at adopting the most efficient, productive, lucrative and affordable design principles for the purpose of producing a Befitting Model for Awka Capital city and indeed the entire Capital Territory.
  • Different Design Concepts were adopted from each of these Cities to give the proposed Awka Capital Territory an edge in becoming a World-Class City as the Governor H.E, Chief Willie Obiano desires, to adopt a model – Core Multi-Nuclei Concept.

ACT City Themes & Implications

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The new Awka Capital Territory is conceived from onset to be a multi-nuclei, engineered city, built around the following themes;

Health: Building a health city to enhance medical tourism ($12bn Industry)

Entertainment: A Nollywood Village

Financial (Bid for NIFC) – Leveraging Onitsha and Nnewi which are industrial hubs Education District

The Seat of Government – The 3 arm zone (Millennium City)

Smart City: Sets a new standard for Onitsha and Nnewi environs and the entire state;

–Tall buildings given land mass

–Inner and outer ring roads

–Gas and water piped into homes- “virgin City”

–Parks and recreation

–Artificial lakes

– Land mark structures

Development Control Manual (DCM):

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  • Development controls have been defined as the mechanism through which entire process of urban development is regulated to achieve the objective of promoting overall benefit of the society and creating a distinct image of the city. It includes guiding the development and use of land, curbing misuse of land and promoting rational and orderly development of built environment.
  • Thus, ACTDA produced a Development Control Manual geared towards

–Ensuring orderliness that will propel sustainable development in Awka Capital Territory

–The concept of Zoning, covenants and other forms of regulating agreement used to guide development

–The control of land use and institution of compliance with space standards and approved designs – the enforcement of building regulations

Aerial photography of Awka Capital Territory – (400sqkm):

ACTDA has completed the aerial photography of ACT with a resolution of 10cm. This method of mapping produces a higher Digital Terrain Model (DTM), Height, accuracy that is adequate for all urban planning and engineering designs.

  • Aerial photogrammetry is a method of surveying involving the measurement and interpretation of features directly from aerial photographs. For ‘large’ projects, aerial survey by camera permits data capture and mapping at a pace more rapid than possible using field surveyors.
  • Aerial Photography (Orthophoto) offers the best opportunity for the following applications:
  1. a) City planning
  2. b) Engineering designs for road and bridge constructions
  3. c) Erosion control
  4. d) Geographic Information System (GIS)
  5. e) Resettlement and compensation
  6. f) Investment opportunities

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  • Flood control map
  • General Land Use Map
  • Density Land Use Map
  • Industrial/Commercial Land Use Map
  • Residential Estate Land Use Map

Development Of Model Layout Designs For Select Precincts In Ths ACT

Each Precinct in the ACT is planned to be a modern comprehensively serviced urban area clear land use designation – low density and high density residential neighborhoods, public facilities, open/green spaces, commercial and industrial zones. Each Precinct is self-sufficient in terms of utility: with

a).   24 hours electricity supply through use of Dedicated Independent or Captive Power Source,

b).   Central utility plant that will contain reticulated water supply

c).    Underground cabling

d).   Water borne sewage system with treatment facilities

e).  Storm water management and disposal system

f). Covered drains

g).  Public transportation system

h).   Smart City Concept – featuring central distribution hub for voice, data and television transmission, warehousing,   workshop facilities, Crime Prevention and Integrated Security system, administrative offices and rapid response   buildings for security and fire related emergencies.

Other Success Factors And How The Authority Competes, Using The Aerial Photograph

  • Locate and analyze areas inaccessible by foot/vehicle
  • High end 3D representation; interpreting 2D surfaces to 3D Surfaces
  • Contour Generation.
  • Line of Sight analysis
  • Elevation measurements can easily be converted to 3D
  • Query and overlay Analysis
  • Identify areas prone to flooding

With the use of these data and more ACTDA can submit and create a Master Plan for ACT, that will avoid past mistakes in development, plan districts and zones that are worthy of a Smart city, manage a better city  and improve the economic and social base of the ACT.

ON-GOING PROJECTS

  • Establishment of a Robust Development Control Unit at ACTDA for the Control of Development within the ACT
  • Formation of Revenue Generating Activities, Management and Enforcement
  • Preparation of Conceptual Plans with a general Land Use Map that will be used to guild the preparation of the Awka Capital Territory Master Plan
  • Work Plan for Urban Renewal of the Capital City
  • Greenery/Open Space and Parks Projects
  • City Environmental Beautification

ACTDA Revenue Windows

ACTDA aim to promote the economy of the State with the use of  mechanized Land use processes (GIS/Aerial Photography) ACTDA projects  the total  sum of N200m monthly  in control of development within the ACT through the following channels:

  • Certification/Re-certification of Title Documents within Awka Capital Territory
  • Plan Approval fees
  • Inspection & Certification of various Stages of Construction
  • Issuance of certificates of Completion & Fitness for Habitation
  • Penalties/Fines for the Removal of Illegal & Non-Conforming  Buildings/Structures
  • Renovation Permit fees
  • Payment for Clearance for reconstruction of burnt buildings
  • Special Levies for the Construction of Petrol Stations
  • Fees for the Permission of Right of Ways (RoW)
  • Fees for Identification & Removal of Distress Buildings
  • House Numbering
  • Advert from Bus-shelters
  • Outdoor Advert fees
  • Pay Parking fees (PPP)
  • Beautification of Major Monument (PPP)
  • Tender fees
  • Licenses

Urban Renewal (UR) Work Plan For The Capital City

Three major types of UR:

  • Rehabilitation – bring sub-standard structures and neighborhoods to a prescribed standard.
  • Conversation – involving rehabilitation and spot clearance in order to upgrade the area
  • Redevelopment – the bulldozer approach involving demolition, clearance and reconstruct not an entire area on a general basis.

Awka, especially the traditional areas, predated modern urban planning. Its origin dates back to 1000 AD. This part has no roads, storm water drainage channels, are inaccessible to ASWAMA vehicles collecting waste.

Unplanned development, comprising areas of modern houses, but without any of the acclaimed public and community services and facilities : roads, flood drainage channels, public spaces, water, electricity, etc. this is the picture in Ifite all the way from Aroma far down to Unizik up to the Youth Village. Reason for this state of affair is that families and individuals sold out their land without planning.

 Some areas are planned layouts with provision for wide roads. These are now built-up with decently develop multi-apartments houses. However, these areas are ravaged by menacing flood and rapidly developing gullies. Eg: Ikwodiaku Umukabia layouts in Awka in Awka and Maryland in Amawbia.

The Level of UR needed in this area is construction of roads with storm water drainage channels.

Funding Strategy

Project funding will be provided by Anambra State Government and also through Public Private Partnership Initiatives.

  • Private Ownership Of Assets / Sale Of Land
  • Land Swaps / Master Developers
  • Mortgages Via Consortium
  • PPPs
  • Development Agencies

–Concessionary Loans/ Grants / Technical Assistance

  • Private Sector Financing For Turnkey Projects
  • BOT – Build, Operate & Transfer
  • BOOT – Build, Own Operate & Transfer
  • BLT – Build Lease & Transfer
  • DBFO – Design Build Finance Operate Jv’s
  • Concessions / Revenue Recovery
  • Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)
  • Bonds
  • Infrastructure Fund
  • Fg / State Govt / Fi Loans
  • Strategic Developments In Conjunction With MDAs & / Or LGCs
  • IGR / IGR Concessioning
  • Government Allocations / Grants

Individual Funding Opportunities – IGR

  • Property Tax
  • Infrastructure Levies
  • Telecom Cabling / Use Of Ducts
  • Fibre Optics Internet / Cloud Technology
  • Roads
  • Road Taxes / Tolls
  • Investment Income
  • Bid Documentation Fees
  • Search Fee
  • Land Application Fee
  • Land Charges
  • Fines
  • Premises Reopening Fees
  • Development Levy
  • Survey Fees
  • Commercial Development Fees
  • Change Of Use Fees
  • Certificate Of Occupancy Fees
  • Outdoor Advertising / Signage
  • Capital Territory Resident Certificate
  • Taxi Tax
  • Buying and Selling Security Code
  • Liquor Tax etc.

Other Individual Funding Opportunities

  • Processing and issuance of all planning permits in ACT
  • Logistics support for pre-development inspections of buildings

–Helping developers, designers and property owners to comply with the building codes, building regulations and standards for the state

  • Processing building development application

–Building development permits for on-going constructions prior to commencement of work.

–Issuing certificates of completion at different stages of construction.

Ensure that there is a site layout and welfare facility available at all times.

Strategies & Opportunities For Investment In Awka Capital Territory

  • Home Charier Scheme
  • Steer MDA & Federal Projects to the City
  • Selected International Investor Roadshows for Anambra Indigenes in the UK & USA
  • Investment Roundtable / Investor Roadshows in Lagos, Abuja & Awka for Indigenes, the Business Community & FIs
  • Study Tours with Documented Lessons Learnt / Initiatives
  • Interactive Website
  • Destination Branding / Perception Management
  • Strategy Session on Funding & Investment Promotion
  • Corporate Social Responsibility by Companies
  • Community Relations / Publicity
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Identify / Procure Concessionaires for completed Utilities + shared Income
  • Professional Layout
  • Themed Layouts
  • Employ / Groom Competent PPP + Investment Promotion Experts
  • Identify / Attract Anchor / Strategic / Priority Projects to Awka such as an ICC, Shopping Mall, International Market
  • Adopt-a-place Program
  •  Build 3+ City Entrance Cenotaphs, Archs, Monuments etc
  • Identify Greenfields for Development
  • Attract veritable Government-Sponsored Events into Awka
  • Gazette Masterplan
  • Individual Vs Global C of O’s
  • Transparent Land Sales
  • E-mail / Direct Marketing based on Database
  • Win-A-House Competition
  • ‘I Love ACT’ Campaign -Corporate Sponsorship