The troubles facing the Chief Executive Officer of Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Arc. Miebi Bribena seems to be far from over as the Government of Bayelsa already marked the head office for demolition.
NAIJA LIVE TV reported weeks ago, that cooperative’s headquarters in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, was sealed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), based on petitions submitted to the anti-graft agency by some angry investors.
Bayelsans and mostly investors were thrown into more confusion as a notice of demolition of the Baraza’s building surfaces on the social media
A Fresh notice obtained by NAIJA LIVE TV revealed that the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board (BSPPDB) has given Baraza a 14-day ultimatum to demolish the structure housing its corporate headquarters.
According to the notice issued on the 21st October 2021, that the structure housing Baraza corporate headquarters is allegedly mounted within the road right of way.
The notice states that;
“failure to comply with the notice may result to your development/structure/property been removed and demolished by the Board upon which the cost shall be recovered from you in line with section 70 of the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Law, 2015.”
The Chairman of the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board, Alabo Gideon Ekeuwei, also verified the authenticity of the notice, stating that “it’s genuine and it’s from BSPPDB.”
Reacting to the development, the Chief Executive Officer of Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Arc. Miebi Bribena told NAIJA LIVE TV that, the building followed all due processes for all neccessary approvals for the construction of the car park.
Brebena further stated that the approval he obtained before embarking on the construction includes approval for designs, construction and completion. Saying that he hasn’t contravention the Bayelsa Phisical Planning Act that will warrant the demolition of the house.
“Firstly I am an Architect and not just a businesses so I am not blind to regulations.”
“Secondly The Bayelsa Physical Planning Act encourages Multilevel Car Parks and we should be commended for solving the traffic challenge at Otiotio Junction.”
“Our property is one of the few properties that cars can conviniently park on the Shoulder of the road without obstructing any traffic whatsoever”
“Thirdly we followed all due processes for approval and got all neccessary approvals for that car park including approval for designs, construction and completion so we have not contravention the Bayelsa Phisical Planning Act.”
“Fourthly if you stand at Otiotio Junction facing Melford Okilo Expressway, Our property has transparent metal fence so what Right of Way is it blocking? Why is the Physical Planning Board turning their eyes away from the problem area of that Junction which is the opposite side of that road?”
“Its the car park they are talking about.
What obstruction is the car park causing?”
“Since Physical Planning act allows multi level car parks and encourages it, which side of the Junction poses danger to traffic? My side or the opposite side?”
“These are similar modern structures in other parts of the world. What’s the obstruction of right of way? What is the vested interest of the Chairman of the Physical Planning Board?” Arc. Brebena added with pictures of other similar structures…
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