Excavators of stone and sand in government layouts are to be prosecuted by the state government.
Speaking during an inspection of government layouts in the state, the Commissioner for Lands, Physical planning and Rural Development, Honourable Nnamdi Onukwuba, said that the state government will henceforth take severe disciplinary measures against sand and stone excavators in government layout in the state.
Commissioner Onukwuba said that sand and stone excavators constitute economic crime against the state as it scares away investors who have been allocated such plots, stressing that such is counterproductive to Governor Willie Obiano’s efforts to attract investors to the state.
He said that huge gullies developed in parts of these layouts as a result of continuous excavation which has rendered them vulnerable to soil erosion, pointing out that anybody who indulges in sand and stone excavation is deemed to be an enemy of the state.
The Commissioner enjoined Anambra state Physical Planning Board to strictly monitor unauthorized developments in all Government layouts in the state to ensure proper development control in such layouts with a view to checking the excesses of trespassers.
Also speaking , the General Manager of Anambra state Planning Board, Mr. Victor Okpoko, who accompanied the Commissioner during the inspection tour said that henceforth, the Board will institute legal action against owners of demolished illegal structures in government layouts to recover the cost of removing such structures.