The Cross River State Government has alleged that the owner and developer of the one-storey building on Nta Eke Street in Ishie Town Residential Layout, Calabar, which collapsed a few days ago and claimed some lives, had ignored government’s directives and professional advice.
Commissioner for Urban Renewal and Development in the State, Mr Emmanuel Edward, noted that the developer also ignored the directives of the ministry requiring him to submit a structural integrity test before further approval to work on the site could be guaranteed.
According to him, the developer also contravened the law by refusing to subject the site to the necessary post-approval supervision and monitoring procedures as provided for by the extant law.
According to him, on January 12, 2023, a letter from the ministry signed by the Director of Town Planning on behalf of the commissioner, with the subject matter, “Revocation of Building Plan No. MURD/TCP/BP/21/351,” was sent to the developer, revoking earlier approval, yet he ignored it.
Edward said that the developer failed to comply with the stop-work order that was served on the site on October 14, 2022.