Ondo State News

ODSG frowns at rising cases of encroachment on government land

The Ondo State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Solagbade Amodeni has charged all owners of existing filling stations and all illegal developers on government’s industrial estate to comply with extant laws of physical planning in the state towards achieving the desired environment.
Prince Amodeni gave this charge while on inspection tour of the three senatorial districts  of the state with the inaugurated Technical Committee on Existing Petrol Filling Stations in the state. The committee according to him, is expected to proffer recommendations for approval to all petrol filling stations that sprang up during the embargo period.
During one of these inspection tours, the Commissioner enjoined all owners of existing petrol filling stations visited in Oka Akoko, Akungba Akoko, Okitipupa, Irele, Ile-Oluji, Iju to mention but few, to make necessary payment including penalty fees into the government’s coffer.

He, however, assured that those plans on which required fees have been paid are already under processing for approval consideration. “All payment made so far has definitely boosted the Internally Generated Revenue of the state within the six weeks of the committee’s inception”, he noted.
In the same vein, Prince Amodeni while at the state industrial estate at Ilesha road behind auto-mart, after determining the level and extent of encroachment implored all the developers encroaching on government’s approved planning scheme on this industrial estate, who have earlier been served Enforcement Notices severally to remove their illegal structures as efforts are already in pipeline to demolish all contravening structures if they fail to respond.
According to him ” this government approved scheme, most of which has been allocated for industrial purposes, is to guide orderly development but it’s been discovered that some families have encroached into this scheme thereby distorting the layout of these estates and denying the government of revenue accruable from land services.”
The Commissioner therefore advised all owners of petrol filling station to come forward for their approval as the ministry has stretched forth a friendly hand.


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