The former MD/CEO of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority, Arc. Michael M. okonkwo, have charged the Development Control personnel to distinguish their works from Physical Planning as the Authority is the image builder of the state and being charged with developing a world class nuclei. Arc. Okonkwo said this during a meeting with the Authority’s Development Control personnel on Tuesday 28th Nov, 2017.
Speaking during the meeting, he said the essence of the meeting is to put round pegs in round holes in other to get a professional touch. He asked them some questions to test their professional ability and gave them some guide lines on how to carry out development control work.
Speaking further, Arc. Okonkwo urged them to be critical in verification of approvals to avoid collapse of any building in the State and warned that any field officer found to be taking bribe will face instant retrenchment. He also said that he will initiate a group known as the Inspectorate team made up of professionals like Engineers, Architects, and Builders etc to monitor the stages of developments in various sites.
More so, Arc. Okonkwo stated that Awka Capital Territory Development Authority(ACTDA) took over the mantle of approval of building plans from physical planning board from October 2016, adding that any new building plan approved from that date onwards by a body other than ACTDA is Illegal. He frowned at some people who violate the stop work order from ACTDA and build their structures during weekends and public holidays and said that they will soon be charged to court to serve as warning to others.
Also speaking, the line manager, Engr .Jude Ogugua said that they always issue some forms alongside the contravention forms to the people they meet at the site but the problem they encounter is that most of them discard those forms. Onoja John also suggested that they should have a data base of the forms being issued out in sites so as to have weekly updates on them.
Arc. Okonkwo also said that the team will pass through evaluation process at 3 months interval to ensure proficiency as Awka Capital Territory Development Authority is included among the five Engine houses that will steer the wheel of the government.
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28th November, 2017.