Oyo government to demolish 1, 000 illegal structures
The Oyo state government has sets to demolish over 1, 000 illegal structures that have been identified to be blocking drainage there by causing flooding in the state.
The Chief of Staff to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Dr Gbade Ojo disclosed this on Tuesday during monthly seminar series of the Nigerian Institution of Social and Economic Research (NISER).
With the theme”Social-Economic Implications of Urban renewal Programes in south-west Nigeria: the case of Ogun, Osun and Oyo states.
presented by a Senior Research Fellow from the Institute’s Social and Governance Policy Research Department, Dr. Abubakar Oladeji who canvassed for proper education and enlightenment.
The Chief of Staff pointed out that Oyo State government has concluded plans policy to remove all the illegal structures in the next couple of weeks to avert flooding in and across the nooks and crannies of the state.
“Government will remove the structures. Those qualified for compensation will be compensated. But I can state categorically here that mass demolition is coming. In the same vein, road expansion is also coming across the State.”he said.
Dr Ojo further explained that Oyo State government “will however continue to step of its sensitization and mobilization of the public on the adverse effects of flooding with a view to checkmating the ugly trend.”
He said the state government was much more determined than ever before to enforce the urban renewal programmes with its on-going recruitment of able-bodied Environmental enforcement officials.
He advised members of the public to be prudent in their refuse disposal and environmental management.
NISER Director-General, Dr. Folarin Gbadebo Smith said the seminar was part of the programmes put in place to promote the image of NISER to international standard and to actualize its mandate.