Illegal structures: Edo state government begins demolition operation

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The Edo State Government is pulling down structures erected under high tension cables and other unauthorized places across the State.

Officials of the Edo State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development alongside security agencies began the demolition exercise on Wednesday, as they demolished stores, shops and drinking bars built under high tension cables in Abuja quarters in Ugbor area of Benin City.

Last week Edo state Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Erimona Oye Edorodion, explained that the exercise became necessary to address the challenge of poor living and working environment and incessant cases of flooding in urban centers.

He said,  “The exercise will involve development control activities to ensure that illegal structures which are poorly constructed and wrongly sited are demolished.

“It will also ensure that developments that are involved in the unlawful discharge of sewage, and industrial wastes into our environment are sanctioned.”

“This is in accordance with the provisions of the State’s Extant Town Planning and Environmental Laws and Regulations and to ensure that our living and working environment is safe, healthy, convenient and aesthetically pleasing.”

“Illegal structures, which would be affected in the demolition exercise include: building structures on government acquisitions, public schools and waterways, roof eave-extensions, structures erected on the right of way of roads/streets, moats, riverbanks, TCN high tension lines, all attachments on wall fence, caravans, kiosks and wooden sheds,” he added.




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