MPPUD seals off 8 Gas, Petrol Stations in Akure, Idanre over non-possession of valid documents

Ondo State Ministry of physical Planning and Urban Development has sealed off four Gas Stations in Akure, the state capital and four Petrol Stations in Idanre, the headquarters of Idanre local government area over non-possession of building permit and other necessary documents before embarking on construction of the stations.

The exercise took place in the two towns as the Ministry flagged-off monitoring tour of buildings without government permit starting with petrol and gas stations with a view to enforcing rules and regulations guiding building of structures for proper planning and development of major towns and cities in the state.

Addressing Journalists during the tour, the Commissioner for the Ministry, Alhaji Amidu Takuro, who led the team, said data available to the Ministry revealed that there was increasing number of indiscriminate construction of buildings, petrol and gas stations without processing the mandatory land use clearance, building permit, survey plan and Certificate of Occupancy, which often cause incessant building collapse and indiscriminate fire outbreak with human and material casualties.

Alhaji Takuro, who noted that the exercise would cut across all the 18 Local Government Areas of the state , called on all residents intending to put up structure in any part of the state to obtain the necessary documents from the Ministry before embarking on such project in order to avoid payment of fine, being prosecution at the law court or demolishion of such structure.

He added that any individual or organization that evade payment of processing fees to obtain the necessary permit or approval on their structure has committed criminal offence by defrauding the state government of its internally generated revenue meant for the overall physical and socioeconomic development of the state.

The Commissioner warned against any attempt to break the seal and the barricade placed to stop business at the stations, saying such action would amount to violation of government order which will attract arrest and prosecution of the violators.

The monitoring team included the Permanent Secretary, Mr Jimi Afolabi and other Directors in the Ministry.

Williams Oni


Published by WonderLady

Journalist, Educationist, Writer, Human Rights Advocate

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