June 11, 2009

Landlords of demolished buildings were adamant —Commissioner

By AustinOgwuda
Asaba—DELTA State Commissioner for Lands, Surveys and Urban Development, Mr. Raymos Guanah, has said the state government would not compromise in the ongoing demolition of illegal structures in the state.
He also blamed the landlords of demolished structures, including completed residential buildings, for remaining adamant to the earlier warning issued by his office.

Already pulled down since the demolition exercise started on Tuesday are residential buildings and other structures in government land located at the WAEC office and deputy governor’s office area, including the Central Spine areas.

Guanah, who was not moved by the tears of landlords whose buildings were pulled down, told reporters that “we have served them (landlords) all the notice required by law.

When they started the foundation and block work, we gave them stop work notice, when they refused, we gave them a further notice and then we served them final demolition notice. All of them have been duly served notice by law.

“The area in question was designed for institutional use and not for residential buildings. Besides, the fact that the buildings were illegal, the land was owned by the government.

We are continuing with Asaba, the state capital, we are going round the state, we are going to Warri, Ughelli, Sapele, Agbor. It is an on going exercise.”