Stay away from govt property – Osun warns

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

Osun State Government has frowned at incessant encroachment of its property by land grabbers, estate developers and even the Federal Government.

Giving the warning, Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke said any one caught to have tampered or tampering with state properties without due authorization will face the full weight of the Law.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Water Resources, Sunday Oroniyi, gave this warning during his visit to Owalla Dam in Oba- Oke, where Federal groups invaded and bulldozed the area without authorization.

The construction of Owalla dam was completed in 1988 purposely for potable water production to about 12 LGAs of the State and it’s being achieved through the construction of the New Ede Headworks.The specific maximum depth and length of not less than 600m and the catchment area is about 20KMsquare.

At the completion of the project, it was officially handed over to Osun State Water Corporation and since then, the entire land has been under the administration and maintenance of the Water Corporation.

The dam was constructed under Water Corporation of Oyo State and the land acquired before it was ceded to Osun water Corporation in 1991.

The Commissioner condemned the alarming rate at which the land had been encroached upon by the Federal Group,estate developers and land grabbers.

According to him, Government’s policies on encroachment still remain the same and encroachment of any nature will no longer be tolerated by the State Government.

He added that a monitoring committee has been set up to curb further unlawful encroachment of the lands.

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Oroniyi therefore warned that Government would not hesitate to allow the law take it’s full course if those engaged in the activities remained recalcitrant.

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