Abia State Moves On With Demolition Exercises And Plans To Revoke C Of O's Of Converted Residential Buildings Amidst Cries Of Protest
By Iwedi Ojinmah 11 days ago
The Abia state government is finalizing plans to withdraw all certificates of Occupancy of any landlord who allows his or her front-porch to be used for trading activities.
The Commissioner of Trade and Investment, Dr Cosmos Ndukwe (below), who cautioned house owners in the state to adhere to the directive of the government to avoid their buildings being revoked.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, Chika Ukandu-Okpi, Monday, cried out over alleged demolition of a section of a building belonging to her father and located at Kaduna Street Umuahia, the capital city of Abia state.
The SDP stalwart described as unacceptable, the action of the agents of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led government in the state.
The Abia government had on Monday commenced demolition of residential buildings converted to shops after expiration of December 31st, 2019 deadline issued to house owners in Umuahia and Aba.
Speaking with reporters in Umuahia, the state capital, Ukandu-Okpi (below) urged Abia government to call its agents to order, so as to forestall the demolition agents from tarnishing the image of the state governmentRelated: 14 Officers Have Been Decorated By The FRSC
She shared: “I normally stay at the building whenever I return from Canada where I am based. I heard a knock on the wall at about 5 pm on Wednesday 9th January, and I came out to inquire as to what was going on. I was told by the agents of the Abia government and that they came for the demolition exercise and that they were sent by the Commissioner for Commerce & Trade Rt. Hon. Cosmos Ndukwe to demolish the fencing.
“Honestly, I don’t know why they embarked on the exercise since the building is not a market. I tried to resist their actions but one of the boys flogged me and started calling me a prostitute and all sort of names. I then invited the police into the matter.
“I support the efforts of the State government to clean up Umuahia. It was due to my passion and love for a clean city that made people like me come down to contest the last 2019 election. Both the building and its fencing do not pose any threat to the city”.
Ukandu-Okpi further stated that she has never met the Commissioner and has never had personal issues with him, and wonders why such a directive should come from the Commissioner.