Saturday , February 8 2020

Demolition of illegal structures, a continuous exercise – Edo govt …Urban Devt Ministry leads charge

The Edo State Government has said the demolition of illegal structures across the state is a continuous process, which will be sustained to protect residents from flooding, environmental hazards and other fatalities.

In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the demolition of illegal structures are part of the government’s response to disorderliness and disregard for law and order by property developers and other persons, who had desecrated building codes distorted urban development plans and caused public nuisance.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Erimona Edorodion Oye, said the Ministry embarked on the exercise after the expiration of the notices earlier served on violators for ‘seriously contravening the State’s Extant Town Planning Laws.’

Continuing, Osagie said the exercise commenced in 2017 with the clearing of illegal structures at Ring Road to restore sanity to the city center and will continue for the next few weeks.

According to him, “The Edo State Government through the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has repeatedly warned the public, especially property developers against violating building codes and other extant laws guiding property development in the state.

“The demolitions are targeted at structures obstructing roads, moats, riverbanks, and high-tension lines in Benin City and other towns across the state.

“The demolitions were carried out at Ring-Road in May, 2017, while government land appropriated by private individuals were reclaimed and the property on them demolished at the former Benin Technical College in 2018; illegal structures obstructing moats were removed at the Ugbor area and buildings under high tension cables were removed in 2019.”

He noted that another reason why buildings obstructing moats would not be spared is because of the environmental impact of such violations, noting, “We deal with perennial flooding in Edo State as a result of the blockage of flood paths and moats, which often serve as a conduit for floodwater.

“The Federal Government warned of floods and it is only a matter of time before it begins to rain. So, we would not spare any illegal structure obstructing roads and moats, for easy movement and prevention of flooding.”

On his part, Erimona said the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development is removing buildings with ‘roof extensions, structures erected on right-of-way of roads/streets, moats, river banks, TCN and BEDC High Tension Lines, government lands, public schools; all attachments on wall fences; and wrongly sited caravans, kiosk and wooden sheds all over Benin City and other major urban settlements in the state.”

He warned that if illegal developers fail to comply with the directives, the ministry would enforce the provisions of the Extant Town Planning Laws of the state against them and recover the cost of such action in a court of competent jurisdiction and thereafter prosecute them accordingly.


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  1. This is what I called a govt in action. A govt that knows how far behind is the faith of the black race in the scheme of things. I hear they say Nigeria is practicing US style presidential democracy!!!
    Can’t put up an illegal structure, even a little kiosk anywhere and don’t expect expect you and your property not hauled away into jail. Thereafter you learn not to break laws.
    For a people to become advanced humans, they must first become well-organized, become focused and evolve a nationality trait and dream.
    What is Ivhiedo’s dream? Until a consensus is agreed upon and pursued relentlessly, that tendency to remain subservient to those who claim they own the place and everyone in it remains a greater threat.
    The Obaseki administration is working very hard to create a mini USA, move Edo people past the 20th century right into the 21st century. It is insane for anyone to oppose the governor at this point, in this tumultuous time in the history of Nigeria.

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