The Edo State Government has said it will start the demolition of illegal structures. The planned demolition, the government said, followed the expiration of notices earlier served on illegal developers in the state.
This was included in a statement by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Erimona Edorodion. The illegal acts by the builders, according to the state government, include erecting unapproved structures and buildings on river banks.
The statement said, “For the information of the general public, especially illegal developers, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development will commence demolition of illegal structures, following the expiration of the notices served on them for seriously contravening the state extant planning laws.”
Edorodion explained that the illegal structures to be demolished included “roof extensions, structures erected on the right of way of roads, moats, river banks, Transmission Company of Nigeria’s high tension lines, all attachments on fence, caravans, kiosks and wooden sheds which are scattered all over Benin City.
“All illegal developers are hereby advised in their own interest to demolish or remove their illegal structures and reinstate the land to its original status prior to their illegal development,” he added.
The commissioner warned members of the public, especially illegal developers, “that if they fail to comply with the directives, the ministry shall enforce the provisions of the extant town planning laws of state against them and recover the cost of such an action from them in a law court of competent jurisdiction and prosecute them accordingly.”