Building violation: Oyo authorities swoop on erring residents

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan


No fewer than five shops and a relaxation pub have been demolished by officials of the Oyo State government while a filing station was also sealed.

The affected ventures were demolished following violation of the environmental law on building regulations as well as failure to carry out the weekly environmental sanitation exercise.

The Director of Engineering and Beautification, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Mr Moshood Adeola, who led the enforcement team during the weekly environmental sanitation exercise at Orita Challenge in Ibadan, declared that the government would not relent in enforcing the best environmental culture among the people, for the sake of healthy living.

Adeola revealed that the government was compelled to partially demolish the structures, which were a setback for the road, as a warning, having served the owners series of notices which they failed to comply with, within the statutory notice period.

He stated: “Despite the abatement notices served on them for more than six months to vacate the premises as the continued existence of the illegal structures constituted an environmental nuisance, they did not yield and we have to come and pull the structures down.”

The Director added that the shops were pulled down due to offences ranging from noise and air pollution to evidence of open defecation and accommodating illicit drug users within the environment.

The filling station, located at Orita Challenge, Ibadan, was sealed for accommodating a filthy drainage lane which environmental officers said exposed residents to varying degrees of environmental hazards.

Mr Adeola argued that despite the effort of the Oyo State government in maintaining a suitable and sustainable environment for all and sundry, some people still engage in street trading and non-adherence to environmental laws.

He said, “It is on record that this administration has restated that it will not renounce its stance of zero tolerance on environmental disorderliness.”

Adeola reiterated that as soon as the state mobile court is established, anyone caught violating the environmental laws or causing environmental nuisance would be punished accordingly and immediately, upon arrest.