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Awka Capital Territory bill scales 3rd reading, awaits Governor’s assent

Awka-Anambra House of Assembly has passed a bill to repeal and re-enact the Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA).

When finally passed, the law will saddle ACTDA with the responsibility of preparing and implementing the capital territory master plan.

The Assembly passed the bill after the third reading at the plenary on Sept. 1.

The lawmakers took turns to effect some corrections in the 35-clause bill before being passed.

The Speaker, Mr Uche Okafor, conducted voice voting on each of the sections of the bill before the final passage.

“Having considered the third reading of a Bill for a Law to Repeal and Re-Enact the ACTDA Law and to provide for other Related Matters 2020, the bill is hereby passed,’’ Okafor declared.

After its passage, the Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Pius Udo, to forward a clean copy of the bill to Gov. Willie Obiano for his assent.

According to the bill, the authority shall prepare and implement a master plan for the Awka Capital Territory and of land use with respect to town planning within the capital territory.

“The authority shall have the exclusive responsibility to enforce people’s compliance with appropriate building standards within capital territory.

“The authority shall formulate building regulations, subject to the approval of the governor and have exclusive responsibility to direct infrastructure development in capital territory.

“The authority shall also coordinate all building development activities of the private sector, parastatal and government agencies within territory.

“The authority shall in addition, construct and maintain roads, including railways, sidings, bridges, reservoirs, water courses, recreation facilities, buildings, plants and machinery.

“It shall approve all building plans and control development within the capital territory.

“It shall coordinate the joint city development committee to provide infrastructure services within the capital territory.’’

It also specified, “any person, who carries out any development without a written approval or develops contrary to the terms of approval or disregards a ‘Stop Work’ issued, commits an offence.

“Such a person is liable on conviction to pay a fine of N150, 000 or have the structure demolished even where the development is near completion.

“Any officer of any ministry, department or Agency, who conveys an approval for development within the Awka capital territory, without prior approval of the authority, commits an offence.

“Such an officer is liable on conviction to pay a fine of N100, 000 or serve a term of one month imprisonment.

The bill effectively repeals the Awka Capital Development Authority Law 2009 and Awka Capital Development Authority Amendment Law 2014.




Source: Anambra State Government