The Government of Prof. Ben Ayade of Cross River State has said it would revoke the certificate of ownership of developers who had encroached into Green areas and open spaces within Calabar metropolis.
The Commissioner for the Environment in the state, Mfon Bassey, stated this during an on-the-spot assessment of Green areas and open spaces within Calabar metropolis on Sunday.
Bassey said plans were underway to evict occupants from all lands originally meant to be green areas and open spaces.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the assessment that the move was to restore the state’s greenery and sustain its cleanliness.
He said the state government was ready to revoke all lands encroached upon by developers without recourse to environmental laws as stipulated by town planning rules and regulations in the course of executing projects.
According to Bassey, before any structural project is carried out, there was the need to take into consideration established rules and regulations guiding the development of the city in order not to impede the progress already made.
The Commissioner lamented the rate at which building contractors encroached on already established green areas and open spaces in Calabar, especially the highway, which is the centre of attraction in the metropolis.
He said: “The law will take its course on developers who have already contravened and they will risk revocation of ownership.
“The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Ministry of Lands and Town Planning will ensure that the right thing is done.”