The Oyo State Government has assured that strategic actions were being taken to stop the proliferation of illegal structures in the state, saying that illegal structures would no longer be allowed.
The Director General, Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control, Waheed Gbadamosi, gave the assurance while leading a task force on illegal structures and filling stations to Oyo and Ogbomoso on an enforcement exercise.
He explained that the purpose of the exercise was to ensure that the pace setter status of the state was maintained in its physical planning aspect, stressing that this prompted the team to spread its tentacles to Oyo and Ogbomoso to remove some properties illegally built and those constituting a nuisance to the neighborhood.
According to Gbadamosi, “During the exercise, it was observed that the state planning laws are not being obeyed by the people living outside the state capital. Our people believe that the arm of the law cannot reach them. The vision of the present administration is to set a world class standard that does not condone illegal physical development in the state.
“Illegal structures portend great danger to the people. Some people built under the power lines while some have constructed their filling and gas stations in highly residential density environment without giving room for any space. This is not too good for the state and as government; we are working round the clock to militate against natural disasters.
We want people to support this cause by adhering to the state planning laws,” he added.
He stressed that the 1978 Land Use Act provided that all lands within the territory of each state solely belonged to the state government, hence, any physical development that is being carried out in the state must be granted approval by the state government.