Residents of Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, have been given an additional two weeks to remove any unauthorized extensions or attachments to their buildings. The announcement was made by the state Commissioner for Information, Okey Kanu, during a briefing with journalists following the Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Alex Otti.
The extension of the notice period is part of the state government’s efforts to enhance the city’s infrastructure and appearance. The government aims to commence the demolition of illegal structures once the two-week grace period expires.
According to Kanu, the government had provided ample time for affected property owners to comply with the directive. After the additional two weeks, enforcement action will be taken.
Kanu emphasized the importance of using buildings for their approved purposes, whether commercial or residential, as specified in their permits.
In other developments, Kanu announced that Governor Otti will inaugurate the reconstruction of the Umuahia-Ozuakoli-Ohafi road on February 7, 2023. The road project will be divided into three sections and assigned to different construction firms to ensure timely completion.
Additionally, the state government is undertaking maintenance work on 22 new roads across Abia State.
Regarding taxation, Kanu stated that multiple taxation has been outlawed, and a new single multi-purpose agency will be established for revenue collection with stringent measures against multiple taxation.
Addressing concerns about the purchase of vehicles amounting to 13 billion nairas, Ferdinand Ekeoma, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, clarified that these vehicles are intended for government ministries and agencies, not for the personal use of the governor.