Jos building collapse
Jos building collapse

The Plateau State Government says it would demolish 2,000 illegal structures after a three-storey building collapsed and killed 14 people in the state.

The Acting General Manager, Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB), Mr Kefas Yilwang, stated this in a press conference in Jos on Friday, July 26.

Yilwang, who spoke at the end of an expanded stakeholders’ meeting, said that eight structures have been marked for immediate demolition in the Jos metropolis.

“There are 2,000 structures we have identified to be illegal, though not all of the illegal houses are substandard, but they did not get approval from legitimate authorities for construction.

“We are only awaiting legal backing to bring down the structures, while eight have been identified for immediate demolition,” he said.

Yilwang said that the state’s laws needed to be updated to empower JMDB demolish illegal structures across the state.

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“The constitution of the Jos Master Plan gives JMDB powers to cover only six local governments and the state capital out of the 17 local governments of the state.

“We appeal to the state House of Assembly to review the 1974 law that gives the board powers to demolish any illegal structure in the state without harassment,” he said.

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