Demolition Of Kaduna APC Factional Secretariat Not Political, Govt Insists

Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance, Suleimon Kwali

 

The Kaduna State Government has once again defended the demolition of a factional secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The Commissioner of Finance in the State, Mr Suleiman Kwari, dismissed the claim in some quarters that Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s administration simply clamped down on the building out of political motives.

“It is not to say that politics is what has led to this situation,” he said having appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.

Kwali, however, reiterated the vision of the state government in getting rid of substandard structures that could attract street hawking among several other activities in the state.

He explained that the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA) is vested with the powers to ensure that the purpose for which land is allocated to someone is being served rather than an entirely different purpose.

“This is actually a way of executing the mandate of the agency,” the commissioner said.

“It is towards this that whatever land is allocated, the allottee develops such land within the allowed limits of development and all lands allocations are tied to specifics.

“Specific ways of executing the construction, specific requirements in terms of what one should be doing to ensure that land that is allotted to him remains his own which includes the payment of ground rent or the land use charge,” he added.

The state government has come under heavy criticism following the pulling down of the building located at 11B Sambo close in the state capital on Tuesday.

APC’s factional secretariat was opened after the suspension of the Senator representing Kaduna north district, Suleiman Hunkuyi and expulsion of 28 other members for anti-party activities.

In its reaction, the faction described the demolition as ‘a deliberate act of terror,’ saying it showed the intolerance against the opposition by Governor El-rufai.

Why We Demolished APC Faction’s Secretariat – Kaduna Govt

Scene of the demolition

 

The Kaduna State Government has defended the demolition of a building which was being used as the secretariat of a faction of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

The demolition of the building on Tuesday morning has caused a political storm as it comes just days after the faction of the party emerged and announced that it had suspended Governor Nasir El-Rufai from the party.

But the state government insists it has nothing to do with politics.

The Director-General of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS), Mr Ibrahim Husseini, said the building was brought down as part of an exercise to rid the state of illegal structures, tackle street trading and restore order across the state.

“This morning a building on 11B Sambo Close was removed for flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010,” Mr Husseini said.

“This illegal violation of use had begun to distress neighbours who were being forced to endure an influx of thugs and blockage of the road.”

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The KADGIS DG explained in a statement that due process was followed and that the state government only revoked the land on which the building was cited after the owners failed to pay land charges and comply with government directives.

He said, “Since 2016, the government has been taking action on various land-related matters, including revoking all undeveloped land titles in the state and directed that all abandoned buildings be developed within three months of the notice.

“The Kaduna Geographic Information Service (KADGIS) issued a revocation notice of the statutory right of occupancy No. KD. 16712, that covers 11b Sambo Close in the Ungwan Rimi area.

“The appropriate notice of revocation was delivered at 28 Inuwa Wada Road, the registered address of the company that held the title to the property. The notice was also delivered to the building in question and sent by post to the registered address of the previous title holder.”

After revoking the land, Husseini said, the state government allocated it to the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency “for the purpose of developing and maintaining a public park that will provide a green area and a serene place for recreation in that residential neighbourhood”.

The government warned all title owners to comply with the terms of the allocation or risk suffering a similar fate.

“The purpose of allocation of land cannot be wilfully altered; neither can title holders lawfully neglect to pay their ground rents,” it said while calling on residents to support it in getting rid of poor structures in the state.

‘Act of terror’

The affected faction is not buying the explanation of the state government, however, and has described the demolition as ‘an act of terror’.

The group had opened the parallel office at 11B Sambo close in the state capital on Thursday last week after party in the state announced the suspension of the Senator representing Kaduna North district, Suleiman Hunkuyi, and expulsion of 28 other members for anti-party activities.

A Chieftain of the APC loyal to the new faction, Mikaiah Tokwak, told Channels Television that the action had given credence to their insistence that their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freely associate was under attack.

The Senate has also condemned the demolition of the secretariat.

Soldiers Allegedly Supervise Demolition Of Factional Kaduna APC Secretariat

Scene of the demolition

 

The factional secretariat of the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) located along number 11 B Sambo in the state capital has been demolished in the early hours of today (Tuesday).

Party sources told Channels Television that the secretariat belongs to the faction loyal to the suspended senators representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani and that of Kaduna North zone, Suleiman Hunkuyi.

The demolition order was allegedly carried out by a bulldozer, accompanied by military personnel.

It was opened last week as a parallel State APC office due to the inability of the group to reconcile with the State party organ.

The property, a one storey duplex was said to belong to Senator Hunkuyi before it was converted to a State Party Secretariat last week.

On Sunday, the group held a meeting at the Secretariat, where they claimed to be the recognized state chapter by the APC national leadership.

But reacting, the State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KAPSUDA) said the building was removed for “flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010.”

KAPSUDA’s Director-General, Ibrahim Husseini defended the demolition as he said the move was facilitated with assistance from sister agencies aimed at restoring “order” across the state.

“This morning a building on 11B Sambo Close was removed for flagrant violations of land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010,” he said.

“The Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KAPSUDA is currently undertaking operations across Kaduna metropolis in compliance with its mandate.”

This illegal violation of use, he explained, had begun to distress neighbours who were being forced to endure an influx of thugs and blockage of the road.

Husseini further reiterated the determination of the state government in discharging its responsibility on land matters in the state.

To this end, he called for the utmost cooperation by the public with all our agencies.

 

Residents Lament As Bayelsa Govt Demolishes Illegal Structures

The Bayelsa State Environmental Sanitation Board today began the destruction of illegal structures along the only highway that leads into the state capital.

According to the officials, the structures are not befitting of a state capital but the owners have been venting their anger and pleading for more time to move their wares.

The traders and other occupants of the structures had been given an order to vacate the area since January, but they did not obey it, according to the government.

As the bulldozers rolled in on Saturday to rid the area of the structures, some of the occupants insisted that the exercise took them by surprise and that they were not informed.

“They did not inform me. I did not hear anything; I am just seeing this today,” one of the traders said while crying. “I don’t have a husband, I don’t have anything.”

Others called for more time to relocate.

“They should give us a little time so that we can put ourselves together and look for another place,” another trader said.

While some pleaded for mercy, some were angry at the implication of the exercise for them.

A young trader who sold building materials and water tanks was one of those angered by the development.

“Where will I drop all these goods?” he asked. “At least, they should give us at least from now until next year. This notice was not the one issued to us from January. Look at my own store here, they didn’t write anything to me.”

The government officials, however, insisted that the order must be carried out since the notice to that effect had been given more than eight months ago.

Chairman of the Sanitation Authority, Mr Robert Enogha, said, “In January this year, we started marking (the structures). Then from April, we started giving abatement notices. Conscious of the fact that things are hard, (and) relocation is also very hard, we gave that grace and I think the grace is overwhelming us. This is September already – we have entered the ‘ember months’,” he said, adding that the demolition was supposed to have started 14 days after marking the structures.

“Conscious of the fact that things are hard, (and) relocation is also very hard, we gave that grace and I think the grace is overwhelming us. This is September already – we have entered the ‘ember months’.” he said, adding that the demolition was supposed to have started 14 days after marking the structures.

Ancha said the demolition was supposed to have started 14 days after marking the structures.

According to the demolition team, the structures are defacing the Bayelsa State capital and can as well be a hideout for criminals.

Benue Flood: Minister Backs State Government On Demolition Of Illegal Structures

The Minister of State for Environment, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril, has supported the Benue State Government on the plan to demolish structures and buildings in the state, constructed on waterways and affecting the free flow of water.

Jubril also appealed to owners of the illegal structures to cooperate with the Benue State government as the demolition is for the goodwill of all Benue residents and to prevent reoccurrence of the flood disaster in the state.

The Minister made this appeal while inspecting most areas hit by the Benue flooding and during a visit to the camp provided for people displaced by the flood. It will be Various communities in Benue State were wreaked by flooding after a heavy downpour, a week ago leaving more than 100,000 people displaced, over 2,000 homes ravaged and many hectares of farm lands destroyed.

It will be recalled that various communities in Benue State were flooded after a heavy downpour, a week ago, leaving more than 100,000 people displaced, over 2,000 homes ravaged and many hectares of farm lands destroyed.

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The Minister, lamenting over the aftermath of the flooding said, “I am told that there are about 1,000 children, 6,00 families and 9,00 pregnant women in this camp. It is distressing for them to leave their belongings and property to come and live in this camp.”

He, however, called for cooperation from Benue residents concerning the planned demolition.

“People build on these waterways and tend to block channels. This is a big task for the State Urban  Development Board. It is not going to be easy for the state government because they will be under attack.

“People build on these waterways and tend to block channels. This is a big task for the State Urban  Development Board. It is not going to be easy for the state government because they will be under attack, but it is going to be for the common good of the people.”

Ogun Government Demolishes Over 360 Shanties, Illegal Structures

The Ogun State government has demolished more than 360 shanties and illegal structures as part of efforts to address the security challenges in the state.

The state Commissioner for Urban and Regional Planning, Mrs Ronke Shokefun, while monitoring the exercise at the Sagamu end of the Ore/Sagamu Expressway said the indiscriminate parking of trailers and erection of shanties remained a crime punishable under the state laws.

According to Shokefun, the demolition exercise is aimed at checking the impunity with which people erect illegal structures across the state.

She said, “It’s been long coming. As you can see, they are mostly shacks; they are illegal structures. It (the demolition) won’t have become this extensive if they (the illegal structures) hadn’t become a menace.

“Trucks park here overnight – from a couple of hours into the night you start seeing them and sometimes it’s a total blockade and people travelling either towards Ijebu Ode or coming out of there, heading towards Lagos sometimes can’t even pass.

“So, it has become a menace, a security threat, to citizens. As you know, the first responsibility of the governor is the security of lives and properties. So, we took that decision at the Executive Council meeting to clear this place and naturally, it falls within the purview of the Ministry of Urban and Regional Planning.”

As the bulldozers moved in, shop and shanty owners made last-ditch efforts to salvage some of their wares and property.

While some of those affected claimed they were not properly informed of the exercise, the government said due notice had been given and that the structures had been marked for demolition for a long time.

Shokefun, who said the exercise would bring sanity back to the environment, added that the government had made arrangements to relocate those affected by the exercise.

“The government’s plan is to build malls all over the place, rows of shops. But you see, you don’t take the laws into your hands pending that time,” she said, adding, “I know the government is working assiduously with the Ministry of Housing to quickly create something.”

The commissioner appealed to the traders affected to cooperate with the government as impunity and activities harmful to the environment would no longer be taken lightly by the government.

FG To Demolish Structures Around Powerlines Nationwide

FG Set To Demolish Structures Around High Tension CablesThe Federal Government says it will soon embark on a nationwide demolition of structures built under high tension cables in order to forestall deaths resulting from electrocution, with Cross River as a pivot state.

The Minister of Works Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to journalists in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, while on a visit to victims of Thursday’s tragedy at a football viewing Centre.

The Minister, who was represented by the Managing Director, Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA), Peter Ewesor, was also accompanied to the state by the MD Power Consortium LTD, Matthew Eberbie.

The purpose of the visit was to carry out a thorough investigation to ascertain what could have led to the disaster and profer safety measures to avoid a recurrence.

The group also proceeded to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital where most of the victims are presently undergoing treatment.

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