In an attempt to ensure illegal structures are removed, in line with Governor Obiano’s developmental goals for the state, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, ACTDA has embarked on aggressive enforcement of development control to ensure sanity within the state.
The exercise, which took the Agency to Ifite Road Amaenyi, Awka was in collaboration with the Nigeria Police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, and the Anambra State Traffic Management Agency, ATMA.
As a result of the need to remove illegal structures, shanties within Awka and the failure of developers to heed to series of notices served to that effect, the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority demolished illegal and shanty structures under the high tension cables along Ifite Road Amenyi Awka.
According to Venerable Amaechi Okwuosa, Managing Director of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority who spoke during the exercise was to ensure that the law is duly followed and not to inflict punitive measures on the defaulters.
He stressed that building under the high tension cables is not just unsafe but has a lot of health implications. Also, he noted that several notices were served but defaulters failed to heed to them.
According to Mr. Chukwunonso Okoye from Amudo village Awka who had been affected by the exercise in the past, he admonished developers to desist from erecting structures on unapproved places because; the long hand of the law will catch up with them. He also took out time to applaud Governor Willie Obiano for the efforts he is making in terms of development in the state.
Conversely, Mr. David Mmaduanusi, one of the owners of a demolished structure, described the exercise as worthwhile.
Source: Anambra Broadcasting Service