Cross River knocks down unapproved buildings

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Nigeria’s Cross River state Government has embarked on the demolition of buildings and structures that do not conform to the existing urban rules and regulations in Calabar metropolitan.

Mr Ralph Uche, the Commissioner for Lands and Housing, said on Monday in Calabar that t the demolition started at Ekorinim along Army Jetty road where an uncompleted building that lacked approval, was pulled down.

He said the building was built on an oil pipeline as well as on government acquired land without allocation.Uche said the ministry also demolished perimetre fences on a parcel of land which some members of Ekorinim community had trespassed on and sold to an unauthorised developer within the portion of land meant for Port Side Development.

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The commissioner said that at Esuk Utan along the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot road, a stretch of fence that was built beyond the buffer area was also brought down. “At Archibong Eso lane, vicinity fence, rooms and shops attached to main buildings, including shanties used as dwelling houses and shops that prevented road construction in the area, were demolished,’’ he said.Uche said that demolition of `non-conforming’ structures and buildings were also carried out along Afokang and Ekpo Abasi road.

Demolition was also carried out at Jebsroad in Calabar South, Big Qua Town, Ntui Nyong Agbor street and Ikot Efa, among others.