Unauthorized commercial buildings to be demolished with the option of N25m fine in Oyo State.
Oyo State government has vowed to dismantle some suspected unauthorized residential buildings converting for Commercial purposes, stressing that such would attract a sum of 25 million naira as fine.
This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Director-General of Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control,Tpl. Waheed Gbadamosi during the Ministerial Briefing, he jointly delivered with the Project Coordinator, Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), Mr. Dayo Ayorinde and the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, held in Ibadan.
According to him, “Illegal structures are rampant in Oyo state and this led to the creation of a task force on petrol stations and illegal structures by the state government in November last year. The task force discovered that close to about 70% of the petrol stations in Ibadan are not covered in the planning approval.
His statement reads further :
“This has given us an indication that the other parts of Oyo state will be worse if stations in Ibadan are not covered with approval. We are determined to go there any moment from now because the state government has approved the funding to embark on that tour.
“Also, it is disturbing that there are many illegal structures at Ajoda new town. The Ajoda new town was the creation of the former military administration which was conceived to lessen the human pressure on the city of Ibadan and so they decided to create a new town and name it the Ajoda new town along the Ibadan-Ife road.
“Unfortunately, some unscrupulous land agency started selling the land to unsuspecting members of the public. All the structures are not covered with any planning approval and so far, we have demolished about 114 of the structures. We are still going to demolish more. We have over 200 left to be cleared because the people that applied formally to have plots of land in that area are being denied the right of getting unto their apportioned land. So, demolition on Ajoda is a continuous process, it has not stopped.”