Illegal Structures Around State Secretariat Asaba to be Demolished

By Ejime Udueme

Owners of all car wash outfits and make shift structures attached to the fence of the Professor Chike Edozien Secretariat, Asaba have been issued quit notice because of the security risk the structures poses to the secretariat.

The Commissioner for Special Projects, Barrister Funyei Manager announced this when he led the Secretariat Management Committee on an inspection of the perimeter fence of the secretariat.

Barrister Manager who said the areas laced with illegal structures was supposed to be grassed, affirmed that none of the structures would be spared during a demolition that would carried out soon by the state government.

He said most of the structures were erected under high tension electricity cables, stressing that to avert electrocution, the people should move away from the area or be ready to face outright demolition of their structures.

Reacting to the purported approval given some of the business owners to operate, the special projects commissioner said the approval was given in error, adding that his office had notified the affected persons on the urgent need to relocate as they were operating in unapproved areas.

Barrister Manager who is in charge of the daily running of the secretariat said no effort would be sparred in ensuring that the original plan of the secretariat was maintained

The Head of Security in the Secretariat, Dr. Shola Mese and the Head of Maintenance of Facilities, Mr. Wole Olufare in their remarks said the structures were huge a risk to the occupants of the edifice.

They advised the government to as a matter of urgency demolish the illegal structures, before it undermined government’s good intentions.

Barrister Manager had earlier held a meeting with the management of the secretariat where critical issues on security, maintenance and general good of the structure were x-rayed.

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