Enugu State Government has said it would soon commence demolition of building material shops located in residential areas of the state capital.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Enugu on Thursday, Mr. Ike Ugwuegede, Commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, said, the action was part of government’s efforts to sanitise the city and make life comfortable for residents.
The commissioner also said that such shops posed serious threat to people living in those houses, adding that all the shops on Nike Lake Road will be demolished as they are all illegal structures.
“There are places like the timber markets designated for sale of building materials but people chose to use residential buildings for such businesses.
“It is against the building master plan for the state. We have given notice of 30 days for such people to relocate, or have their shops demolished,” he said.
Ugwuegede therefore urged landlords to prevent tenants from using their residential buildings for sale of materials like cement, iron rod, and timber.