Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo has banned youth organisations from collecting levies from property developers.
Commissioner for information Paul Nwosu said in a statement that the ban stops youths from levying people carrying out construction work or improving on existing structures in any project site with appropriate titles in the state.
According to Nwosu, the decision was reached at the state executive council meeting on Thursday.
Nwosu stated that the act is illegal and runs foul of the Prohibition of Fraudulent Practices on Land and Property Law of 2012 “which prohibits illegal collection of fees on lands.’’
“Any person who demands or collects any fee not approved by law from any person who is developing or improving on an already existing property in the state shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for five years or to a fine of N500,000 or both,’’ he said.
Nwosu added that the state executive council also approved N12.64 billion for four different projects, including rehabilitation of nine roads measuring 14.053 Km in Okpoko, Ogbaru Local Government Area.
He said the Okpoko project was a dual carriageway with reinforced concrete median and sidewalks and would cost N4.9 billion with completion time of 12 months.
The Commissioner said N241.44 million would be spent on de-silting and dredging of 62,034 cubic metres of Nwangene drainage systems with completion time of three months.
The rehabilitation of Mmili John section of Oba-Ojoto road, with dredging, would gulp N61.5 million.