Delta Assembly calls for demolition of illegal structures

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Delta State House of Assembly

The Delta House of Assembly Committee on Housing, Women Affairs and Social Development has ordered the demolition of all illegal structures defacing the Junior Staff Quarters, Asaba.

Mr Ferguson Onwo, Chairman of the Committee, gave the directive when he led other members and officials of the Delta Development and Property Authority (DDPA) on an inspection visit to the housing estate in Asaba on Thursday.

The visit was informed by an alledged attack on some members of staff of the DDPA on duty at the estate by a resident.

Onwo, representing Isoko South II constituency in the state’s House of Assembly, directed that all such illegal structures be pulled down within the next one month and that the quarters be returned to its original design.

He noted that the illegal structures were constructed in violation of the law and should be demolished without compensation.

“It is unacceptable for residents of the estate to encroach on government’s property through the construction of fences, building extension and makeshift structures.

“I warn occupants to desist from further development and pull down already existing ones as directed.

“The  estate has its original design and anything that will distort the plan is unacceptable.’’

Onwo, who was angry at the unwarranted attack on some staff of the DDPA by an occupant of the estate, assured that the perpetrator would be prosecuted.

The committee chairman directed the management of DDPA to furnish the committee with details of those who were allocated houses to enable it ascertain the real occupants and the  level of encroachment.

Inspecting the multi-million naira remodeling of the estate projects, Onwo commended Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for giving the complex a facelift with the provision of additional houses, a shopping mall, sick bay and  school building.

Onwo said the ‘Heights Estate’ being constructed inside the Junior Staff Quarters, comprising six units of two bedroom and three bedroom flats, would be completed in 2021 and allocated to interested buyers at affordable rates.

The Chairman, Board of Directors of DDPA, Mr Emmanuel Utomi, who conducted the committee members  round the estate, said that the assault on staff of the agency had been reported to the police and was being investigated. (NAN)

– Nov. 12, 2020 @ 17:55 GMT |

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