Enugu issues 48-hour quit notice to residents who built on rail tracks

Governor Sullivan Chime

The commissioner said collaborating government officials would also be punished.

The Enugu State Government has asked persons who have built structures on rail tracks in parts of the state to vacate such areas within 48 hours or face the law.

The state’s Commissioner for Capital Territory Development Authority, Ikechukwu Ugwuegede, gave the warning in an interview on Thursday.

He said the agency would identify and remove structures that had been put up on rail track.

“Every building is supposed to have an approval and I am sure that if there is a building on a rail track, that building has no approval because if such a request for approval was made to this office, certainly we would not have granted such a request.

“I give 48 hours to take action on identifying such a location and bringing the weight of government to bear on any person who is wrongly using government land,” he said.

Mr. Ugwuegede also said that his ministry would ensure that the persons who allocated the lands for the building of such illegal structures were brought to book.

“If there are agencies of government or agents or staff who have fraudulently issued papers they ought not to issue, there is a municipal court specifically for this purpose, has mandate to punish civil servants, officials who knowingly do what they ought not to do, we will investigate it,” he said.

The commissioner disclosed that the state had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Ministry of Interior for the relocation of the prisons in Enugu to a more befitting area of the city.

He called on citizens whose vehicles had been seized by the authorities to come forward and pay their fines to avoid such vehicles being auctioned.

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