Oyo gives owners of illegal structures quit notice

Oyo State Government, on Sunday, faulted the construction of shops and shanties in unauthorised places.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resource, Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, condemned the act during an official monitoring of Lagelu and Egbeda Local Government Council Areas, respectively in the state.

According to a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Dotun Oyelade in Ibadan, the state capital, Mogbonjubola, “frowned at the rate at which illegal structures sprang up in unauthorised places. This is alarming.

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“The staff of the ministry should immediately issue evacuation notices to erring owners along Carlton Gate Estate, Chief Kolapo Isola Estate through Akobo Ojurin, Iyana Church, Ibadan.”

The directive has consequently been carried out, as the quit notices have been handed over to the illegal shops and shanties owners in the area.

In another development, building contractors in the state have been told to, henceforth, stop depositing their construction tools and materials on major roads in the metropolis.

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Mogbonjubola, during the official monitoring, around Idi-Arere in the Ibadan metropolis, discovered the trend, where traffic on major roads is being distorted, as a result of construction materials and equipment, deposited by the roadside.

The commissioner condemned the acts and expressed the state government’s disposition against the trend.

“Government is spending huge amounts of money constructing roads and drainages. We would not fold our arms, watching the notable legacies in our environment to be eroded by nonchalant attitudes of individuals or groups in the name of whatever construction,” he said.

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He reiterated that the government would henceforth sanction culprits, placing construction equipment on metropolitan roads.

Mogbonjubola, therefore, called on building contractors, especially in the habits of depositing sand, granite, pollutants, equipment and other materials on roads, car wash owners and others to abide by the ministry’s regulations regarding pollution or face the wrath of the law.

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