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Oyo Govt Clamps Down On Shanties, Condemns Dumping Of Building Materials On Roads

08 July

Reported by Ayooluwa Afolabi

The Oyo state government at the weekend raised an eyebrow over the persistent construction of illegal shops and shanties in unauthorized places.

The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resource, Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, condemned the act during official monitoring of Lagelu and Egbeda local government council areas.

He frowned at the rate at which illegal structures sprang up in unauthorized places, saying it was alarming.

The commissioner has consequently directed staffers of the Ministry to immediately issue evacuation notices to erring owners along Carlton Gate Estate, Chief Kolapo Isola Estate through Akobo Ojurin, Iyana Church, in Ibadan. 

He said the directive has been carried out, as the quit notices have been handed over to the illegal shops and shanties owners in the area.
In another dimension, building contractors in the state have been told, to henceforth, dissuade from depositing their construction tools and materials on major roads in the metropolis. 

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

He condemned the acts and expressed the state government’s disposition against the ugly trend.

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

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