Benue State Govt to Demolish Over 800 Illegal Structures Built on Waterways


The Benue State Urban Development Board (BSUDB) has announced plans to demolish more than 800 houses and shanties constructed on waterways and drainages in the state capital. Mr. Mede Ternongo, the General Manager of the Board, disclosed this after leading a team to dismantle illegal structures and shanties in the state capital.

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Ternongo emphasized that the demolition initiative is part of the current administration’s efforts to combat flooding and restore the masterplan of the state capital. The first phase of the operation, which commenced on Thursday, resulted in the removal of over 40 shanties and illegal structures in the town.

He further stated that all structures encroaching on access roads in any part of the town would be demolished, cautioning developers against erecting unauthorized structures without approval from the board.

Ternongo highlighted the proactive measures taken by the government to notify affected individuals, including radio announcements made for two weeks prior to the demolition exercise. He also expressed gratitude for the logistical support provided by the governor, including bulldozers, payloaders, and operational vehicles.

Additionally, Ternongo revealed that approximately 800 houses built on waterways have been earmarked for demolition. He cited a recent visit to a community around the naval road in Kashio layout, where buildings located near water channels were removed to facilitate the opening of water channels in that area.

Looking ahead, Ternongo discussed plans to build a GSM village for mobile phone dealers, following consultations with the governor and the identification of a suitable location for the project.

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