….move to seize 100 properties Without Permit, 100 for forfeiture
The Bayelsa State Government has sealed off scores of buildings and business outlets in Yenagoa, the state capital over alleged failure of safety regulation tests and failure to meet building regulations of the state.
According to the Bayless Government, through the office of Physical Planning and Development Board , said the affected buildings does not have the requisite approvals, such as building permit, building plan approval and no building submission before development were built.
The affected buildings are Honni Hills hotels, A-Z multi purpose shopping malls, Stop over Bar and car wash, Jubilee Hotels and suites, family resort entertainment centre.
Others are, Autograph lounge, Austrock electronic plaza, Zeros Pizza and grills amongst others.
The Chairman of the Board, Hon. Ebi Waribigha, who was speaking during the seal up exercise of affected buildings, said the landlords of the affected properties also failed to subject them to technical, safety and integrity test.
According to him, the move is also part of government’s effort to prevent buildings from collapsing in the state.
Waribigha said in few weeks to come additional eighty unapproved buildings would be sealed as part of government plan to ensure controlled, planned and enhanced physical development of infrastructures across the State.
Also speaking to newsmen, Sokari Stanley, the Director of Administration, BSPPDB, after carrying out the enforcement of the court order, he explained that “after the landlords of the affected buildings failed to respond to our first and second notice seeking to allow us carry out audit of the their property, the court graciously gave us an order to seal them up until they comply.”
“You hear stories of buildings collapsing on people all the time, and as a government we are working hard to ensure that such things don’t befall our people.”
“So as part of our mandate to ensure controlled and coordinated development of the state, we constantly carry out audit of existing structures to confirm if they have approval and that the building conforms to the plan that was approved by the State Government.”