In its bid to intensify efforts in ridding the state of all illegal structures and maintaining its stand on zero tolerance to this, the Ondo State government visited some sites and projects at Ondo, Asewele and Ore to conduct suitability study and check illegalities by some developers.
Speaking at a proposed filling station site at Oka street in Ondo, the Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Solagbade Amodeni who was with the enforcement squad of the ministry checked the adequacy and suitability of the project vis-a-vis the town planning standard operative in the state.
The Commissioner noted that the site was not within built-up area and as such does not pose any threat to the environment.
Prince Amodeni who was appalled at the site of an unapproved and over-built petrol filling station at Ore said it was preposterous and outrageous for just a filling station to have within itself 20 fuel pumps, 1 kerosene pump and 2 diesel pumps. ” it is even worse that the petrol filling station is even built within setback of the highway. He directed the enforcement squad to red-mark the station and paste Demand Notice where noticeable.
In the same vein, the squad led by the Commissioner marked a row of shops built without approval at Ore and Demand Notice was pasted there and it was also served at an existing petrol filling station built without approval.
Verifying the approval status of a proposed gas station beside a petrol filling station owned by the same developer, the commissioner said it was worthy of note that the developer has rightly put in his application notifying the ministry of his intention of committing the land to an additional use, and as appropriate, he will demarcate the two uses with a high wall fence.
Rounding up the exercise, Prince Amodeni said “it is totally unacceptable for any developer to take law into his/her hands by making additional use of a piece of land without recourse to the ministry”.
Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.