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Edo destroys illegal structures

19 May 2014, 15:57Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Edo State Government Task Force on Illegal Structures and Building Control has commenced the demolition of illegal structures in Ugbiyiokho area of Benin City.

According to the State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Francis Evbuomwan, the affected structures were erected on natural waterways and right of ways.

He added that some of the structures are blocking the drainage system.

“These areas have been acquired by the Government as a green area and no building is henceforth allowed in the green area,” he said.

The Commissioner urged the citizens to always get proper building permits from the appropriate ministry before erecting any structure to avoid future demolition.

He enjoined genuine landowners with complains to approach the Ministry but cautioned that only those with legal documents would be attended to.

He assured that the Task Force, which the State Government this year, would deliver on its mandate.

The Chairman of the Task Force, Prince Udo Shaka-Momodu informed that adequate notices were duly served before embarking on the demolition exercise.  

He said the Task Force also served removal notices to some buildings built under high tension wires on Ekenwa Road and a bank on Airport Road were also served with a removal notice.

The State Task Force on Illegal Structures and Building Control was inaugurated in March with the mandate to restore order.

– CAJ News

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