Friday, 14 February 2020

C/River Gov't to evict green areas encroachers - Bassey

By: Daniel Bebia

Cross River State Government says plans are underway to evict occupants from all lands originally meant to be Green areas and open spaces.

The Commissioner for Environment, Hon Mfon Bassey stated this after an on-the-spot assessment of green areas and open spaces at highway and subsequent meeting with some land developers.

The Commissionestated: "The State Government is poised to revoke all lands encroached upon by developers without recourse to Environmental laws as stipulated by town planning rules and regulations in the course of executing projects."

He said before any structural project is carried out, there is need to take into consideration, established rules and regulations guiding the development of the city in order not to impede the progress already made.

The Commissioner bemoaned the rate at which building contractors encroached on already established green areas and open spaces in Calabar, especially the highway which is the centre of attraction in the metropolis.

According to the Commissioner, the law will take its cause on developers who have already contravened, stating that such will risk revocation of ownership.

He said the Ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Lands and Town planning will ensure the right thing is done, adding that it would not hesitate to employ the full weight of the law on offenders of environmental and town planning rules and regulations.

In their separate remarks, representatives of Dozzy  Oil, Tonimas, among others, said their companies' lands were acquired following due process, pleading that for whatever action the government is taking, it should take into cognisance the pivotal roles business play in the economy of the State and  nation in general.