The Imo state government has disclosed plans to redesign the Owerri Master plan in order to develop and beautify the state capital to a master piece which can be compared to developed capital cities around the world.The Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Planning, Mr Uche Nwosu disclosed this to journalist during a news conference in Owerri, the Imo state capital. He said the Owerri Master plan which has been designed since 1976 has lost its beauty over the years due to the increasing population experienced in the city.
He noted that the plan to redesign the master plan is also to help decongest the city which is experiencing a very heavy traffic.
The beautification of the city, the Commissioner claimed is topmost in the agenda of the Ministry while noting that they have embarked on clearing and demolition of shanties and unwanted building in the city.
He also added that the Ministry of lands have printed new Certificate of Occupancy (C of Os) for land acquisition in the state which will prevent corruption and forging of fake C of Os as well as prevent people from erecting illegal buildings in the city.
Mr Nwosu also disclosed that the state government has approved 50 hectares of land for the construction of Marine University which is a Federal project to be located in Oguta Local government area.