Anambra State Govt Goes Tough Against Illegal Structures In Onitsha, Marks Buildings For Demolition

A building still under construction within the Onitsha Main Market, has been marked for demolition by the Anambra State government.

Correspondent, Ejike ABANA reports that  a joint task force including the Physical Planning Board, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Operation Clean and Healthy Anambra, among others embarked on the special enforcement operation.

ABS gathered that there was no approval from relevant authorities for such building to be cited in the place, originally designated as vehicle park for the market, just beside the popular white house administrative block.

The Enforcement team gave the developers  a one week ultimatum to remove the structure or risk demolition.

The Chairman of the Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Mr Chike Maduekwe cautioned against building without approval which he said always defaces the environment.

While maintaining that the government is law abiding, he stressed that the Market should be well planned, pointing out that the reason for government approvals is to ensure that projects are appropriate for locations where they are cited.

Mr Maduekwe, a lawyer stated that the board has initiated court processes manifesting as summons and court orders against recalcitrant developers who have continued to build without approval, to serve as a deterrent.

Meanwhile, as soon as traders in the premises saw the enforcement team, they rose and started shouting in jubilation, commending Governor Willie Obiano for coming to their rescue.

Mr Maduekwe also used the opportunity to call on some developers who are currently erecting illegal structures on the access road to the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport to desist as the State government has acquired one hundred meters from the road, for overriding public interest.

The Transition Committee Chairman for Onitsha North Local Government Area Mr. Patrick Aghamba who extoled  Governor Obiano for taking the bold step, said that government steps should always tilt towards protecting the interest of the people.

The building was later sealed with a notice served to the developer.

The board also marked an ongoing plaza for demolition for building without approval.

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