The Cross River State Government is planning to demolish shanties along the waterways in Calabar to control flood and other environmental hazards in the city.
The state Commissioner for the Environment, Michael Iraye, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Wednesday.
The commissioner went round on sensitisation and inspection of major water channels in the city.
Iraye said the state government regulated the activities of developers on where to build and the kind of houses to be built.
He said: “The regulatory power, which lies with the Ministry of Lands, was challenged by residents; some out of sheer wickedness, while others out of ignorance as you can see with the growth of shanties in Calabar.
“Just last week, we spent three days here supervising the cleaning of this water channel but you can see the new set of waste in it.
“We are going to start tackling the problem from the source by removing all illegal structures along our water channels or roadside.
“We are collaborating with the Ministry of Lands and the Development Control Unit put in place by the governor in tackling this problem.
“These shanties also affect the aesthetics of the town.
“Cross River is a tourist state.
“Many states do not pay attention to the things we pay attention to.
“So, our architecture should be attractive.
“We have invested so much in public education and it is continuous.