Bliss Emporium, the headquarters of the defunct Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society, has been earmarked for demolition by the Bayelsa State Government.
A letter sighted by our correspondent on Friday, , however specified that it is the driveway/parking lot that was earmarked for demolition and not the entire building.
The letter which was titled Removal/Demolition Notice reads: “It has been observed with dismay that this Development/ Structure/Property is within the road Right-of-way, thereby constituting a nuisance to the environment.
“Therefore, you are by this notice requested to Remove/Dimolish this Development/Structure/Property erected by you without any permit from the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Board within 14 days from the date of service of this notice.
“Please note that failure to comply with this notice may result to your Development/Structure/Property been removed/demolished by the Board upon which the cost shall be recovered from you in line with section 70 of the Bayelsa State Physical Planning and Development Law, 2015”.
Investigation has however revealed that there may be a mix up in the whole issue as another letter purportedly signed by the Executive Chairman of the Physical Planning and Development Board, dated 13th July, 2020, indicated that the former forex trading company duly obtained and secured a Development Plan Approval before erecting the structure including the parking lot and drive away.
There were also concerns on why the government should attempt the demolition when the entire edifice has been marked as being under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Also, it was not clear as at press time who was served with the notice, as the office is currently deserted since it was shutdown.
Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society about three months ago crashed after failing for months to pay monthly return of investment to its members or return of capital, a development that led to an ongoing litigation and the invitation of the EFCC into the matter.
Efforts to get authorities of the Board to clarify the issue wasn’t successful before this report was filed.