The Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Environment & Solid Minerals has warned against any illegal farming or construction activities within the IBB Flood Control Project Corridor.
The 17.2 km2 catchment area of the project was duly acquired by the state government for the purpose of flood control, with compensation paid in full to all affected persons.
A statement by the Commissioner, Charles Udoh emphasized that any unauthorized activities or development within the project corridor would be considered trespassing and dealt with in accordance with the related laws.
He said: “Farm and construction activities of any kind are strictly prohibited within the IBB Flood Control Project Corridor. All unauthorized activities or development within the project corridor will be considered as trespass and will be dealt with in line with related extant laws.”
The ministry also stated that any form of activity within and around the project corridor must be duly cleared by the government, including connection of linking drains, adding that defaulters will be prosecuted, and all illegal structures will be removed.
Udoh added: “Any form of activity within and around the project corridor must be duly cleared by the undersigned. This includes connection of linking drains. Defaulters will be prosecuted, and all illegal structures removed.”
The IBB Flood Control Project Corridor is a vital initiative aimed at addressing flooding in the area and ensuring a safe and conducive environment for residents.
The ministry called on all stakeholders to comply with the regulations and help create a conducive environment for all.