The Imo State government says the plan is part of the measures aimed at seeking solution to flooding and erosion in the state.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has announced the state government’s plan to demolish buildings in Owerri, and other parts of the state to check flooding and erosion.
This is contained in a statement signed by Ebere Uzokwa, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media in Owerri on Wednesday.
Mr. Uzokwa said the plan is part of the measures aimed at seeking a lasting solution to the menace of flooding and erosion in the affected areas.
It listed the affected buildings to include those not captured in the Owerri Master Plan, as well as those erected without approval by the relevant government authorities.
Mr. Uzokwa said that owners of buildings penciled down for demolition should contact the Ministry of Lands and Housing with relevant documents for further clarifications, adding that the proposed action was not targeted at any individual or group.
The Imo State spokesperson added that government was merely taking proactive measures, in view of the warning from relevant agencies on the impending flooding in some states this year.
The statement said further that government was concerned about the inherent danger and difficulties likely to befall some residents, hence the planned stringent measures.
Mr. Uzokwa said studies had shown that the illegal structures were worsening the problems, adding that the present administration was determined to restore sanity in the state.
The statement urged the occupants of the affected buildings to relocate immediately.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, had warned that there would be flooding in some states including Imo this year.
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