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Oyo govt. vows to continue demolition exercise

28 March 2013, 15:03

Ibadan - The Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Habitat has vowed to continue demolishing illegal structures as well as  buildings under high tension lines in the state.

Mrs Modupe Omonigbeyin, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ibadan that  government would not relent until  there was total compliance.

"Oyo State Government will continue to demolish extended structures and those ones under high tension lines to make sure that the environment is clean and safe  for all," she said.

NAN reports that many illegal structures were demolished during the weekly environmental sanitation exercise while some owners of illegal structures were served 24 hours notice to remove them.

The permanent secretary, who expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance so far by residents, said they still needed to be encouraged.

"Before now,  Ibadan for example had  the reputation of  being the dirtiest city in the country. This is why Gov. Abiola Ajimobi embarked on the Urban Renewal Project," she said.

Omonigbeyin, who called on residents  of the state to partner government in ensuring a clean environment, said  the task at hand was for  the state to be the cleanest  in the country.

She, however, implored residents to keep drains  free of debris  in order to have a rainy season free of flood disasters.

The state government’s urban renewal project had witnessed demolition of structures in Dugbe, Ogunpa, Molete, Bere, Mokola and some others towns in the state.



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