Anambra State Government says its attention has been drawn to the unwholesome abuse of the serenity of the Government Reserved Area, GRA, in Onitsha.
In a statement in Awka, the Commissioner for Lands, Mr Nnamdi Onukwuba, lamented that some allotees in the GRA Onitsha had converted their premises to Churches, Hotels and other commercial activities without any authority from the state government.
The Commissioner warned that the State government will not hesitate to cancel certificates of occupancy whose covenants have been abused and recover such plots.
Mr Onukwuba warned that it is illegal for any allotee in government estate to convert his property to another use without applying for change of purpose clause from the state government, stressing that such action constitutes breach of covenants contained in the certificate of occupancy.
Mr Onukwuba stated that not all types of businesses would be allowed in the Government Reserved Areas as they are designed specifically for residential purposes.
He said that a revalidation exercise will help in streamlining a lot of anomalies in government layouts across the State, and urged various Allottees’ Associations in government layouts to sensitize their members to present themselves for the exercise which will commence tomorrow.