Delta - It was a bitter experience for scores of landlords and traders as they watch their buildings and stores destroyed by the Ministry of Environment last Saturday in Warri and other parts of Delta State.
Investigation revealed that no fewer than thirty buildings and stores were pulled down for erecting them on illegally or unapproved land.
Commissioner for Environment, Frank Omare who personally led the demolition exercise for three days, said government is irrevocably committed to ensuring that the right thing is done without fear or favour.
According to him, there are no sacred cows and no brotherhood in this wise as deliberate effort is being made by the state government that illegal buildings standing on top of river are cleared.
“We will not sympathize with anyone, no matter how highly placed because we have been telling them to desist from erecting structures capable of disturbing the free flow of water and there is no going back on this system”, said Omare, insisting that cities in the state must be kept clean.
He explained that a certain measurement was given to builders according to government rules and regulations, but expressed disgust that a lot of persons declined not to comply with the directive.
Omare, however made it clear that the action is not meant to witch haunt anybody, rather, “We are doing something tangible, to free the areas from the devastating effect of flooding capable of causing epidemic”.
The commissioner lauded the effort of Governor Uduaghan, who he said is making efforts aimed at making Delta free from erosion and flooding.
He particularly supervised the demolition of several storey buildings at Ogedegbe and Cemetery Road area where the channels were opened up to allow free flow of water as well as in Effurun, Warri/Sapele Road, Jakpa Junction and Sapele Township.
Omare revealed that the exercise is a continuous one and will spread across the twenty five Local Government Areas of the State.