COMMITTEE on Housing and Urban Development, led by its Chairman, Lawrence Ezeudu has pledged its readiness to help Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA) achieve its mandate.
Ezeudu, who represents Dunukofia Constituency in the Anambra Sate House of Assembly said this when his committee paid a familiarisation tour to ACTDA.
The lawmaker explained that the visit was an exercise to fulfill their obligation, work in synergy with ACTDA to help it to tackle challenges in sustaining social harmony in the state.
He expressed contentment at the magnitude of work that ACTDA head was doing, stressing that there were times one would need to take tough decisions in other to get something right.
He added that in the end, history would speak favourably and promised to have a good working relationship with the authority.
Managing Director, ACTDA, Ven. Amaechi Okwuosa said that the authority, under the office of the governor was charged with the responsibility of preparing master plan of Awka, turning the capital into Dubai or Taiwan.
He said that plans were on ground to demarcate Anambra into three development zones while ACTDA would be in charge of Anambra Central to ensure rapid development in all the areas.
“Master plan supersedes structural plan because it later takes cognizance of structural, aesthetic and development aspects of any building with a view for future intent.
Availability of aerial photography has helped in identifying areas that will house high density, medium and low density as well as industrial areas,” he said.
Okwuosa, then, explained that ACTDA would look at buildings and development control, adding that building control involves paper work where the developer is expected to bring survey plans, evidence of ownership and power of attorney.
Consultants in the building industry are expected to append their seal in drawings in other to take liability for any default in the building.”
He added that development control would entail site visits to ensure that work would be going on as approved.
Okwuosa lamented that field workers were usually attacked and injured during enforcement, especially at Nise, Okpuno and Umuawulu, stressing that as their worst challenge.
Okwuosa explained that most buildings within the old Awka were built several years ago, hence the disorderly nature of most villages.
“This will entail serious demolition. Compensation will be paid by the state government in order to get Awka to become a standard city.
However, this will not hinder the demolition of any building that poses threat to the community.”
Member, representing Orumba South Constituency, Emmanuel Nwafor, suggested proper checking of the seals of the consultants in other to ascertain their level of authenticity because fake seals abound.