Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Board to demolish all illegal structures in Benue

The Benue State Urban Development Board says it will demolish all illegal structures situated within the Makurdi metropolis and its environs.

General Manager of the board, Apostle Saint Gbilekaa, disclosed this in an interview with The Abuja Inquirer, in Makurdi.

Gbilekaa, who assumed office after the former GM, Mr Richard Agwa, was sacked by Governor Samuel Ortom, said illegal structures remain the bane of urban development, saying the board will pull down illegal structures in Makurdi.

He said the board would look into the state’s master plan and any structure wrongly sited and without approved plans would be demolished.

"Every house built in town is supposed to be approved by the board. If people have built on water channels or under electric lines, the houses will go down. We will have no option than to demolish them," he said.

Gbilekaa said it is the duty of the board to give urban centres a facelift and provide infrastructures in layouts to make it conducive for residents.

He, therefore, insisted that illegal structures and buildings without approved government plan and permit would henceforth not be allowed to stand.

“We have residential, commercial, industrial and mixed plans. If you have converted or altered initial plan of any building, we will investigate and ensure it is corrected".

He also said that all fuel stations sited where individuals originally acquired land for residential purposes would be looked into.

The general manager urged staff of the board to shun sharp practices and cooperate with him for enhanced service delivery.



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