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Ekiti orders demolition of illegal structures

24 April 2013, 12:29

Ado-Ekiti - Ekiti State Government on Tuesday began enumeration of houses built on waterways and flood prone areas in Ado Ekiti in order to demolish them.

This is in compliance with the directive by Gov. Kayode Fayemi that such houses should immediately be demolished  within two weeks.

The state Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Femi Olorunleke, told newsmen in Ado Ekiti that government had begun identifying owners of the affected houses.

He said the houses were either built on waterways or failed to meet the normal requirements prescribed by law.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that if the order of the governor is carried out, about 500 houses will be affected.

Also, the Chairman of the state House of Assembly Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Kayode Fasakin, said the house would soon make a law on the matter.

The law, if passed and signed, he said, would not only ban erection of structures in forbidden areas, but also attract punishments.

NAN reports that Gov. Fayemi gave two weeks deadline to enable the state to honour its late Deputy Governor, Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka.

The governor, who inspected areas devastated by flood in Ado Ekiti, expressed anger at the situation.

“It is annoying to discover that some people in an enlightened state like Ekiti, can still erect structures without valid papers.

“The structures are also erected in places that will later turn out to be hazardous to their health and that of their family.

He, however, cautioned against injustice.

“Any landlord that felt he was being unjustly treated should be bold enough to come and show documents approved by the government.”



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