8 February 2013

Nigeria: Why We're Demolishing Houses in Yenagoa - Bayelsa Govt

Yenagoa — Bayelsa State Government, yesterday, said the mass demolition of houses in Yenagoa, the state capital, and its environs was to plan the city in line with the Yenagoa Master Plan.

The state Commissioner for the Capital City Development, Mr. Zuwa Konugh, and Executive Secretary of CCDA, Chief Iboro-Ige Idaba, said though compensations were being paid for the houses on recognised lands, the massive demolition of homes in shanty areas and other residential parts of the state capital was to create space for the needed infrastructural development.

Zuwa Konough and Idaba, who briefed newsmen after a tour of projects by the ministry, said the demolition was part of the plan to control the opening of canals, flood control mechanism, urban renewal and the proper interpretation of the Yenagoa Master Plan.

Konough enumerated the achievements of the ministry to include the supervision of the on-going projects of Transparency Plaza, the five-star hotel, the building of a new city and proper supervision of ongoing infrastructural projects in the state.

He said: "The interpretation of the existing master plan is done with socio-economic consideration. The master plan is not a document cast in iron but amenable through proper implementation and renewed political will. In some cases where there is no political control, people will build randomly."

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