Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anambra Physical Planning Board, Barrister Chike Maduekwe has admonished developers to form the habit of making adequate enquiry from the State Ministry of land before embarking on any project.
He made this known when the Anambra State Joint Task Force began its task of removing illegal structures on government land in Igbariam, Anambra East Council Area.
The State Physical Planning Board and other relevant security agencies that joined the Task Force took a bulldozer to the government-owned land which was originally acquired and designated as Igbariam Farm Settlement. Some of the buildings which were removed include a one storey building, other makeshift buildings as well as fences.
Earlier on August 6th, the Task Force had embarked on mass marking of the encroached lands. Despite their activity, unknown individuals continued to erect structures on portions of land without the approval of the State government.
The farm settlers therein commended the efforts of the Task Force and revealed that those unknown people had periodically damaged their farmlands, in spite of the fact that they occupied the land on government’s permission.
In terms of developers making adequate enquiry before mounting a structure, Barrister Chike Maduekwe stated that it will save them avoidable loses. As a matter of fact, the State Physical Planning Board is already compiling a list of defaulters that will be taken to court.
The Task Force also stopped at Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi Council Area where notices were served on developers mounting structures without government approval, while some arrests were made.