The Ebonyi government says it has sealed off some buildings in Abakaliki built on areas designated as parks and recreational centres in the city’s master plan.Mr. Emmanuel Igwe, Special Assistant (SA) to the State Governor on Parks Development who disclosed this said that in town planning, certain areas were designated as parks and recreational centres where people could relax, but some individuals contravened such building codes.
“We applied to evict the occupants of such buildings and not only evicting them, they will also pay rents to the government
That is why we are telling them to relocate on their own because if they don’t, we wil pull-down their buildings at their own cost
They will not only pay rents for the number of years in question but they wil also pay for the cost of demolishing the buildings,” he said.
The governor’s aide acknowledged that some ‘criminal’ elements must have sold the lands to the affected persons.
He said such persons should have made necessary checks on such lands especially at the state ministry of lands.
“We will also in addition to getting those who built the houses also get those who sold the lands to them
The state government will not pay compensation to them but they will instead, pay fines to the government for defacing the environment,” he added.
Mr. Moses Oshibe, state Commissioner for Lands and Survey said that he had yet to receive full details of the sealing off of the said buildings.
The commissioner said that there were laws guiding building activities in the state, saying after his investigations the relevant laws would be applied on the issue.
One of the owners of the affected buildings who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said that he was making the necessary consultations before deciding on the action to take.