Abeokuta-The Ogun State Bureau of Urban Development and Physical Planning have been talking tough on violators of town planning laws of the State.
According to the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau, Mr Adebiyi, any such contravener, would from now on have himself to blame as his property, no matter the cost, would be removed by government even if he fails to do so.
Mr Adebiyi, who was briefing the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland at the Ake Palace Thursday, 13 June, 2019, on individuals and groups, causing what he described as a blighted atmosphere in Abeokuta, the State Capital and the three Divisional Headquarters of Ijebu Ode, Ilaro and Sagamu
He said that demolition was a sad exercise but expressed worry because of the blighted urban situation, now fast growing in Abeokuta and Ijebu Ode, which had reached a dangerous dimension.
He disclosed that, as a result of this the United Kingdom Government had earmarked ₦30million Sterling to stem the anti growth and development situation.
When asked by one of the Egba Chiefs why unplanned and slum houses had been growing astronomically since the creation of Ogun State in 1976, especially in such new areas like Ijeun-Likosi, Laderin Extension, Gbonogun, Ijeun Titun and others, in spite of Zonal Town Planning Officers presence, Mr. N. A. Adebiyi blamed the land owners/vendors and builders who contravened and went about seeking the intercession of the influential and elders to avoid demolition.
He disclosed that the State Government had made public its resolve to demolish all structures along water ways and all obstructions on regionally planned roads as well as social facilities throughout the State.
In his response, the Alake, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo commended the State Government for taking steps to sanitize urban development and physical planning.
Oba Gbadebo assured Mr. N. A. Adebiyi that, he as the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, would cooperate with Government and his department to ensure that Abeokuta and other areas were not blighted.
The Alake noted that it was in the overall interest of the government and the people, to live in well planned and orderly environment in order to promote healthy living and growth.
The Egba Monarch explained that indiscriminate and disorderly erection of structures was like development without growth, in which we had many buildings without quality infrastructures like roads, hospitals, playgrounds and other social facilities.
The Permanent Secretary was accompanied by senior management Town Planners of the Bureau.
They included O.R. Talabi, K.A. Ogun, A.M. Adelowo, and S.A. Saibu. Others were O.O. Adegunle, Mrs. M.A. Ayodele, Mrs. Tope Akinsanya, Arc (Mrs) Aderonke Afolabi and Mrs. O.I. Jolaoluwa.
Some Egba Obas and Chiefs were present were Oba Muftau Akindele, the OluOke Odo, Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, Bantun Kehinde Sofenwa, BobaTolu Mathew Koleoso and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.