The Edo State Government has said the demolition of illegal structures across the state is a continuous process, which will be sustained to protect residents from flooding, environmental hazards and other fatalities.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the demolition of illegal structures are part of the government’s response to disorderliness and disregard for law and order by property developers and other persons, who had desecrated building codes distorted urban development plans and caused public nuisance.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Erimona Edorodion Oye, said the Ministry embarked on the exercise after the expiration of the notices earlier served on violators for ‘seriously contravening the State’s Extant Town Planning Laws.’
“The demolitions are targeted at structures obstructing roads, moats, riverbanks, and high-tension lines in Benin City and other towns across the state.
“The demolitions were carried out at Ring-Road in May, 2017, while government land appropriated by private individuals were reclaimed and the property on them demolished at the former Benin Technical College in 2018; illegal structures obstructing moats were removed at the Ugbor area and buildings under high tension cables were removed in 2019.”
He noted that another reason why buildings obstructing moats would not be spared is because of the environmental impact of such violations, noting, “We deal with perennial flooding in Edo State as a result of the blockage of flood paths and moats, which often serve as a conduit for floodwater.
He warned that if illegal developers fail to comply with the directives, the ministry would enforce the provisions of the Extant Town Planning Laws of the state against them and recover the cost of such action in a court of competent jurisdiction and thereafter prosecute them accordingly.