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Climate Change: Soludo Bars Estate Development From Anambra Land

The Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has barred Estate developers and Valuers from erecting buildings on over 65% of any landed property they wish to develop in the State.

The State Commissioner for Land, Professor Ofonze Amucheazi, disclosed this at Awka, weekend, during the 2022 Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) seminar, award and inauguration of executive organised by the Anambra State chapter of Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers under the theme ‘property management methods: the pros and cons.’

Amucheazi, represented by Mr Eugene Onyema, said the restrictions was part of a policy introduced by the governor to cushion the effect of climate change, flooding and erosion challenges.

“The Commissioner for Land said I should inform you about the policy of the State government which is that developers should not build on over 65% of any land they are developing. You should leave the remaining percents for plants, oxygen and others to thrive. Anambra has no enough land.

“Over one thousand active erosion sites have taken over our land. We have to conserve. You should also endeavour to use catchment pits to collate  running water from your buildings and channel them appropriately to prevent flooding. This is what you should advice your clients to do. For us to control erosion, you should control the flooding”, he stated.

Speaking at the event, the National President, Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, ESV Johnbull Amayaevbo, represented by the 2nd National Vice President, Mallam Bature Ali Muhammad, noted that the MCPD would increase the awareness of the profession, as well as help members to become better professionals.

On his part, Professor Michael Eze, who was Chairman of the occasion, concurred that the profession has important roles to play in building liveable cities, and enjoined members to shun unprofessionalism, unethical practises and utilise the training to improve.

Earlier, the State Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, ESV Chris Okagbue, while explaining the theme for the seminar, which was property management methods: the pros and cons, hinted that the event  attended by over 300 members from across the country, enriched their knowledge with modern technologies and core practises.

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