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Lockdown not barrier for ACTDA to tackle emergencies – Okwuosa

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MANAGING Director, Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), Amaechi Okwuosa has cautioned developers against hiding under the ongoing lockdown to erect illegal structures in the state.

“I am saying this to reinforce my earlier position that the total lockdown by Government is not an opportunity for perverse developers to embark on construction of illegal structures,” Ven. Okwuosa cautioned developers in Awka on April 13.

  Rev. Okwuosa said this while supervising seal-off of buildings without requisite approvals as well as those obstructing access roads at Nodu Okpuno, Juhel Filing Station, Government House Area and Zik’s Avenue.

  Okwuosa, also a lawyer, announced that “the function of ACTDA duties falls under the purview of essential duties, considering the negative environmental and hazardous impacts of failing to act on emergencies”.

  “I have provided all my staff members with face masks, sanitisers, hand gloves.”

  The organisation also carried out complete medical awareness with regards to steps necessary to be taken to assure safety in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Ven. Okwuosa, who was at the site with Head of Development Control, Mr Charles Ekwunife was assertive in his resolve to rid the state of illegal structures as well as indiscriminate encroachment in public facilities.

He also cautioned developers that ACTDA was poised to control the spate of unapproved and illegally sited structures in order to enforce the set building standards already mapped out by the agency.

   In reaction, the CEO of Juhel Nigeria Ltd. Dr Ifeanyi Eric Okoye confirmed that his establishment was yet to remit fencing permit but gave ACTDA enforcement team assurances of willingness to comply as soon work resumed.

  The proprietor of Christ Kids World School at Commissioner’s Quarters, Awka, Rev. Fr Edwin Obiora, whose establishment was listed among defaulters, expressed readiness to visit the agency for their building plan approval, while promising to stay action until further notice.

  The team also inspected flood-prone area of Zik’s Avenue, Awka, for re-appraisal with a view to providing palliative measures but realised that the occupants were already embarking on self-help approach to cushion the effect of the disaster.

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