The Rivers State Housing and Property Development Authority has warned residents of the state, who are in the
habit of converting government properties to business centres, hotels and other uses to desist from the act or be ready to face the consequences.
The Managing Director, RSHPDA, Iyerefa Cookeygam, who issued this warning on Saturday in Port Harcourt, maintained that the state government would no longer tolerate such acts of illegality.
Cookeygam also ordered that all illegal extension developments existing on properties be removed by the allottees in some of the estates in Port Harcourt within 30 days.
He listed the affected areas where the government properties had been converted to hospitals and other uses as Elekahia Housing Estate, Rumuibekwe Housing Estate and Rumubiakani Housing Estate.
Others, according to him, are Presidential Housing Estate Phases I and II, Ndoki Housing Estate, Aggrey Road Housing Estate, Marine Base Housing Estate and Iriebe Housing Estate.
Describing default on mortgage as a serious offence, he warned that there was no free meal on mortgage anywhere in the world, adding that all properties converted to hotels and other illegal uses should be reverted to their original uses.
Cookeygam said, “These acts of lawlessness will not be tolerated any longer. Consequently, all illegal and unauthorised extension developments and amendments to existing properties should be removed within 30 days by the various allottees in these estates.
“Also, all properties converted to unapproved uses like hotels, hospitals, restaurants, shops, schools, etc without approval should be reverted to their original usage. Landlords and allottees, who fail to heed this warning and continue to perpetrate these illegalities, will have the titles to their properties revoked.”
He added, “Port Harcourt is one of the cities that has accommodation problem; that is why the state government is passionate about housing. We urge people to put the houses to the very uses they were built for and procured.”