House of Former Land Commissioner Enugu proclaimed for Destruction
A duplex established on the Diamond City estate, Enugu State, owned by former State Commissioner for Land and Urban Development, Dr. Victor Nnam, has been demolished by the state government.
In a notification sent to the former commissioner on November 9, 2021, the Enugu Metropolitan Territory Development Authority (ECTDA) cited the violation of the shutdown order as part of its decision to demolish the duplex.
ECTDA also said the former commissioner had started construction on the duplex without his approval. Therefore, I gave the order to demolish the house within 14 days.
However, there are indications that the latest move by ECTDA to demolish the former commissioner’s house may be related to his decision to make his resignation public, as well as to the circumstances surrounding it.
Although the former commissioner was repeatedly accused of corruption and complicity in land racketeering during his tenure at the ministry, the question immediately comes to mind why his house was not marked for demolition when he was still an officer.
In October, the commissioner resigned from his post in the state government after his proposal to reform land administration in the state was, he said, “rejected for no reason.”
In his resignation letter, entitled “Letter of resignation from my appointment as Commissioner for Land and Urban Development of Enugu State,” dated October 29, Nnam said that he was unhappy with the dismissal of professional department heads in his ministry, which he claimed was a punishment. …
In the letter, Nnam claimed that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuani had refused to approve his proposal to create a Geometric Information System (GIS) land administration system designed to suppress land invaders and build investor confidence in the state.
According to the state’s statement: “The reason for my resignation is the recent removal from office of the professional leaders of the agency that reports to me, as punishment for simply doing their job diligently.
“My conscience will no longer allow me to continue serving your administration as long as these innocent professional high-ranking government officials are punished for doing the right thing.”
But while ECTDA’s decision to mark the former commissioner’s house for demolition is not easy to separate from his retirement, it is also necessary to wonder why the former commissioner retired after serving more than one year in office, when he should have retired months ago.