Friday, 18 September 2015

Anambra House of Assembly frowns on ASUDEB, Calls on Obiano to take proactive measure




By news48hrs.com

Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a motion calling on the State Governor Chief Willie Obiano to direct Anambra State Urban Development Board (ASUDEB) to take proactive measures in ensuring that structures approved are properly constructed.

Moving the motion at a plenary, the member representing Njikoka 2 State constituency, Hon Peter Ibida disclosed that it was aimed at making ASUDEB to sit up and execute their work properly in a manner that would not sabotage the developmental and aesthetic plans of the state government.

Ibida, who condemned the attitude of ASUDEB in proliferating illegal structures such as building on top of drainage channels, which he said, cannot be desalted when it blocks thereby resulting to flooding disaster in the state.

He however, urged members of the board to rise from their seats and enter into the field to ensuring that builders do not compromise their standard, adding that some structures marked '×' today need not to be completed tomorrow by any guise.

Supporting the motion, Hon Barr Chugbo Enwezor of Onitsha North 1 State constituency, reiterated the needs to summon ASUDEB to appear before the House to explain why they are using their office for self-aggrandizement, even as he noted that illegal structures being approved by ASUDEB deface the aesthetics of Onitsha, Nnewi, Obosi, Ogbaru and its environs, which ought not to be.

According to Enwezor, structures erected on the road or highway is in breach of highway extant law which states that structures should be built some meters away from the road.

While indicting ASUDEB for distorting the master plan of cities in the state, the member representing Idemili South constituency, Hon Barr Chuka Ezenwune accused local governments as the greatest culprits for allocating spaces to street traders to build kiosks which they pay local governments daily.

Meanwhile, the Bill for a law to establish Anambra State Physically-challenged law has passed Second Reading at the floor of the State House of Assembly.

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