The Abia State government has announced ambitious plans for a significant redesign of its capital, Umuahia, and the commercial city of Aba. The objective is to enhance the investment and environmental friendliness of these cities.
The State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu, expressed concern about the violation of town planning laws by some individuals in the state, emphasizing the removal of unauthorized attachments and projections on buildings, urging compliance with designated purposes for commercial and residential structures.
Speaking after a state executive council meeting, Commissioner Kanu disclosed the government’s intent to establish a Standard Materials Testing Laboratory. This initiative aims to address the recurring issue of building collapses in Nigeria, ensuring that constructions meet required standards.
The laboratory will serve as a platform for research and testing of materials for various purposes, including road construction.
Additionally, the government intends to close illegal gates in Umuahia and Aba to facilitate smoother traffic flow. Commissioner Kanu stressed the importance of residents removing such gates voluntarily, with a warning of enforcement by the government if compliance is not achieved.
The government aims to create a more organized and compliant urban landscape for the benefit of both residents and investors.
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