Imo govt to compensate owners of demolished structures in Owerri

OWERRI — Mr. Uche Nwosu, Imo Commissioner for Land, Housing and Urban Development, Thursday, said government would compensate those affected by the recent demolition of illegal structures in Owerri.

Nwosu was speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri while reacting to comments by some victims of the exercise.

He said those to be compensated were owners of affected houses with original documents of such buildings.

Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) recently began demolition of illegal structures in Owerri where many house owners had become victims of the exercise.

The commissioner said the exercise was in line with the provisions of the master plan of the capital city.

He added that the demolition of illegal structures was not meant to witch-hunt anybody but for the development of the state.

Nwosu said Imo government was set to restructure Owerri to become a modern city, but that such plans could only be achieved by adhering strictly to the master plan.

He said government was aware that the exercise could lead to big setback to those affected, but had made adequate plans for those with genuine documents of the demolished structures.

The commissioner said ‘Rescue Mission Agenda’ of Gov. Rochas Okorocha was aimed at transforming the entire state through its numerous projects, and urged the people to support the governor’s agenda.

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