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Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Govt gives Landlords 14 Days Ultimatum To Renovate Their Buildings

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Landlords whose buildings are located within the major roadways in Abakaliki have been given 14 days to remodel or face sanctions from the Ebonyi State Government.

Barrister Onyekachi Nwebonyi, the State Commissioner for Capital City Development, revealed this while briefing journalists in his office yesterday. 

He expressed displeasure that most landlords with houses on Abakaliki’s main streets allowed their buildings, particularly the roofs, to deteriorate without making any plans to renovate them.

“If you look at the city, you can agree with me that in some major streets of the city, we can see decayed and ugly looking roofs; so we want landlords in this city especially in the major streets such as waterworks road, Gunning Road, Ogoja Road, Abakaliki/Ogoja expressway and other major streets in Abakaliki to renovate their buildings, because, as Africans, we don’t know maintenance culture, it’s inherent in us.

“If we want to have a beautiful city, we must have this maintenance culture. Some of these houses were built as far back as 1974, the roofs are outdated, everything is in rickety shape, we must renovate them to meet up with the present developmental status of the capital city.

“So, you don’t just allow your building to decay, because it is not leaking, no. So, I want to use this opportunity to call on the landlords in Abakaliki to renovate their buildings especially those within the aforementioned major streets of the capital city. That’s very important and we have given 14days notice to that effect. After 14 days, we start implementation,” Nwebonyi stated.

The Commissioner further disclosed the State government’s plan to add an additional lane to the already existing double lane, from Nkalagu junction to Onuebonyi junction, and appealed to developers along that axis to give 100ft space from the gutter to enable the government to construct the additional lane.

Nwebonyi said, “I want to use this opportunity to let the public know that from Nkalagu junction to Onuebonyi junction, the Governor has a good intent of expanding the road, which as a matter of fact will affect some developers along that axis. And as I speak, it becomes mandatory that there will be a kind of 100ft set back from the gutter on both sides of the road, because the Governor wants to add another lane to the existing double lane.

“We want to seize this opportunity to appeal to developers within that axis, from Nkalagu to Onuebonyi junction to observe the 100ft setback to enable the State government put another lane which is geared towards opening the city to international standard.”

Nwebonyi went on to declare that all landlords in the capital city are now required to plant trees around their buildings or face sanctions, claiming that the greener the environment, the healthier the people are.

“The third part is tree planting, which is our Ministry of Environment supervisory function. The ministry of the environment has been urging people to plant trees for a long time, claiming that the greener the area, the healthier the people who live there.