Buhari Support Group to lose office in Akwa Ibom
Barely two days after inaugurating the National Committee of Buhari’s Support Groups, NCBSG, secretariat in Uyo by the senior special assistant to the president, Sen. Ita Enang, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Uyo Capital City Development Authority,UCCDA, an agency of the state government, has marked the building for demolition.
The development has raised concerns from several quarters, considering the fact that the NCBSG building, which is located along Barracks Road, is the only structure that has been designated for demolition.
An anonymous source told newsmen that government had planned to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy before proceeding on demolition of the structure.
Sources said the building marked UCCDA/DC/RE/1082/5/4/18 was a preparation to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of the structure before its demolition. The building had been erected in the vicinity for the past 20 years.
Investigation revealed that the office building is the only structure designated on the road for demolition by the Uyo Capital City Development Agency, UCCDA, an agency of the state government
The source condemned the plan, saying that the move by the state government was callous considering the
intensity of reactions that would follow if the facility was demolished.
“The Akwa Ibom State government wants to demolish the premises. By marking the building for demolition,
they will soon revoke the Certificate of Occupancy before demolishing the building,” he said.
But the chairman of UCCDA, Mr Enobong Uwah told Nigerian Pilot that the building had been marked for
demolition before now.
Uwah, a former Commissioner for Environment, explained that the owners of the building were required to furnish the authority with the Certificate of Occupancy and other relevant papers concerning it, adding that other buildings in the capital city that did not meet the requirements of government were also marked.
It was learnt that the building, which was a hotel, has been existing for more than 20 years. Barrack Roads, where the building is located, is few metres away from Government House.
It was further learnt that the state government had asked the Commissioner of Police and the director of Department of State Services, DSS, to halt the NCBSG office inauguration but both security heads were said to have insisted that they would provide security during the event.