Abia to demolish 10,000 buildings 

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Abia State Government has warned that 10,000 buildings would be demolished to realize the Aba master plan which will improve the economic and aesthetic potentials of the city.

It was gathered that the state government is partnering with the United Nations Human Settlement Programme, UN Habitat, Team, to restart the state structural plan which was initiated 30 years ago by the first military administration of Abia state, Group Captain Frank Ajobena.

Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Planning, Dr. Chidi Onwuchuruba, who disclosed this at a three day stakeholders’ meeting with the UN-Habitat Team in Aba, noted that successive administrations in the state had made efforts to demolish illegal buildings and sanitize the city according to the master plan, but couldn’t achieve the dream.

Describing the structural plan as a legacy project with multiple positive effects, Onwuchuruba commended Governor Okezie Ikpeazu for restarting the 30 year old dream for the state and charged the people to embrace it.

He warned residents of the state against harassing, intimidating and arresting town planning officials who visit building sites to monitor compliance with guidelines.

The Commissioner urged property owners to build according to specifications to avoid building collapse, warning that those who contravene the building code would face the wrath of the law.