A lawyer in Cross River state, Barristers Eyo Ekpo, has said that uncontrollable propensity to grab land allegedly by the state government was distorting Calabar master plan,.
He said land grab, especially by agents of government, was causing residential buildings to be erected indiscriminately on reserved lands without recourse to due process.
Ekpo, who was the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2019 governorship elections and was also Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice in the state, spoke through a release made available to journalists in Calabar, Wednesday.
He asked: “Do we really have an urban development master plan that Cross River state government honestly claims to be implementing? If so, can he make it publicly available? If there is indeed such a plan, I would respectfully ask him to explain how it accommodates the massive residential development being undertaken by the governor himself on land that is said to belong to the Presbyterian Church.
“And why, assuming the governor acquired the land legitimately, did the ministry give approval for a residential development on what is supposed to be land reserved for education purposes? Is that not a distortion of the urban development master plan the commissioner holds so dear?”