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Akwa Ibom to demolish illegal buildings

29 August 2012, 07:46

Uyo - The Akwa Ibom Government on Tuesday said that buildings in Uyo without approval from the Uyo Capital City Development Authority (UCCDA) would be demolished without compensation.

Mr Christian Akpan, the Executive Secretary of UCCDA, made the disclosure while speaking with newsmen in Uyo, advising residents of the city to seek approval from the authority before erecting buildings.

"Otherwise, they will face the risk of their buildings being demolished without compensation paid to them," he said.

He said the warning became necessary as people were violating the rules by constructing illegal structures and giving the city a poor image.

"The demolition of illegal structures is still in full force and the authority has commenced inspection to identify illegal buildings that will be pulled down immediately," Akpan said.

He debunked allegations that the authority favoured certain personalities because of their status by not pulling down their structures even when they were built in wrong areas.

"Favouritism is not in the operational instrument of the authority and it cannot be practiced. We handle issues affecting the public with all amount of sincerity," Akpan said.



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