From SUNNY A. DAVID:
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of National lnland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Dr. George Moghalu has ordered the demolition of all illegal structures built along the waterways in Onitsha, AnambraState.
He gave the order on Monday in Onitsha, while inspecting the proposed site for building of a maritime institute, expressed shock at the rising number of illegal structures along NIWA’s Right of Ways.
Dr. Moghalu said that NIWA was not notified by those who built the structures before going into the agency’s property.
“Since people did not give NIWA any notice to go into its property, NIWA will not give them any notice before it demolishes the structures. Why would I give you notice to quit my property when you did not give me notice to enter the property.
“I have ordered that these illegal ones be demolished before Tuesday. I’m in Onitsha today concerning the Maritime Institute that is coming up here in Onitsha.
“We have looked at the site and identified the area that is required for the project and we have given them consent. What we are saying is that the formal application has to be made, the design of what is going to be done there must be provided for NIWA to do its survey and mark out the area in question for them to pay whatever charges that will be required.
“We give approval for projects that have public and not personal interest before you can use our right of way. Like the Maritime Institute we are talking about, is on our Right of Way, and it is Federal Government project.”
The Managing Director while addressing journalists said his interest was to achieve peace, maintain the law and ensure that the revenue accruing to NIWA was not tampered with.