By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development said it would begin the demolition of illegal structures across the State by January 2023.
The Commissioner of the Ministry, Mr.Amidu Takuro who stated this when he led the Management and Staff on a sensitisation visit to the Deji of Akure,Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade’s palace affirmed that 80 percent of people do not get approvals before building.
According to him, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has given them a mandate on the exercise to ensure proper physical planning in line with the best practices.
While saying that the Ministry has received series of petitions bordering on people blocking waterways, routes among others,he informed that sensitisation is ongoing and drastic steps will soon be taken on law breakers.
To this end, he enjoined traditional rulers to equally help in sensitising their subjects on the need to cooperate with government by adhering strictly to the laid down rules to achieve the set goals as the Ministry has also embarked on sensitisation programmes.
Takuro pointed out that several government lands have been encroached by some people which will be recovered back without delay, adding that all setbacks also belong to the government which illegal occupants must vacate as well.
The Commissioner hinted that the State government is working on the Akure master plan to make it a place of pride among the State capitals in Nigeria, while laws on physical planning will equally be reviewed.
In an interview, he noted that the purpose of the visit is to engage the stakeholders on the need for people to ensure they get proper building permits as not getting an approval has been causing lots of havoc and crisis.
“We are starting from Akure and Deji is the Chief host and equally the Chairman Council of Obas in the State,so we have to start from him.Enlightening the populace and also engaging the people at the local level including religious leaders and other major stakeholders in all local governments is what we have embarked on.
“The Ministry has served people notices and the law will take its course and those who have not gotten building permits should do so before the end of the year and regularise their documentations for a safe and sanitised society.
Responding, the Deji of Akure ,Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade who said he was in support of the action however noted that there must be equity in the enforcement without any sacred cow.
He stressed that the traditional rulers will support the government in ensuring orderliness in the land.