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Published On: Thu, Jun 25th, 2020

Zamfara: Demolishing of 2 plaza buildings not politically motivated — Board

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From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

The Zamfara State Urban and Regional Board (ZUREPB), has dismissed allegations circulated on social media that Governor Bello Matawalle’s administration has embarked on demolishing structures belonging to members of the opposition parties in the state.
In a press conference by the Director General ZUREPB, Sanusi Ahmad Lilo, said the demolishing exercise of the two plaza buildings that belong to the said members of the opposition political parties in Talata Mafara local government area was clearly done to save the law.
According to Ahmad Lilo, the board was established Edict no. 2 and was saddled with the responsibilities, among other things, to control and manage all land development and town planning activities in the state.
“However, the board may reject, stop or demolish any development if on the opinion of the board is likely to have major impact upon the environment, facilities, inhabitants of the community.
“Or that the structures contain such an additional facilities which are not within the estimation of the regional and sub-regional master plan or urban development plan for that community, and on the matters of overriding public interest or that the structures are not in accordance with any other conditions made under the Edict.
“The board, after receiving report from it’s technical personnel emanating from Shari’a court of appeal Gusau Zamfara State and other relevant agencies that, the developers of the two structures at Talata Mafara have grossly contravened the provisions of the Edict establishing this board and other land regulations” the Director has stressed.
He further informed that, having been satisfied that all requisites to demolish the controversial plaza buildings which were marked by the law as illegal structures, the board swung into action in order to save the existing Zamfara State Town Planning Law.
“However, the process was subsequently stopped on the receipt of a Court order via an “ex parts” motion obtained by the developers to show total compliance with law, the order, as according to our legal unit seizes to have no effect after 14 days unless it was renewed or extended or any subsequent order is obtained in that respect”, the Director added.

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