By Ene Asuquo
The Hon.Commissioner for Urban renewal and Development in cross River State, Hon Emmanuel Edward has disclosed that the collapsed building at NTa Eke street, Ishie Town Residential Layout in calabar was in contempt of the stop work order, revocation and demolition notices posted on t//he affected site before the mishap
Making the disclosure in his office while briefing newsmen, the commissioner maintained that the affected site was sealed off last year when it was observed that the Residential structure had noticeable structural defect, it was listed for demolition but was waiting for the necessary approvals and court orders
He maintained that the development permit no MURD/TCP/BP/21/351granted in favour of the site on December 23, 2021was revoked with effect from 12th January, 2023. Adding that the developer failed to comply with the stop work order which was served on the site on October 14th 2022
Hon. Edward also noted that the developer ignored the directives of the Ministry requiring him to submit structural integrity test before further approval to work on the site could be guaranteed, he maintained that the Developer also contravene the law by refusing to subject the site to the necessary post-approval supervision and monitoring procedures as provided for by the extant law
The commissioner also made it known to the press that on the 12th of January, 2023, a letter from the ministry which was signed by the Director of Town Planning on behalf of the commissioner with subject matter, “REVOCATION OF BUILDING PLAN NO. MURD/TCP/BP/21/351was sent to the developer, it reads as thus;
“I have the directives of the Hon commissioner for Urban renewal and Development to inform you that the approval granted you to erect a residential story building at NTa Eke street in Ishie Town Residential Layout via Building plan no.MUDR/TCP/BP/21/351 dated 24rd December, 2021, is hereby REVOKED with effect from 12th January, 2023”.
All our efforts to get the Developer speak on the issue proved abortive as his phone lines were switched off as at press time