Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 December 2012

Nigeria: Why Oyo Is Demolishing Illegal Structures - Commissioner

Ibadan — Oyo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Pastor Taiwo Otegbeye, has explained the rationale behind the on-going mass demolition of structures in Ibadan, the state capital, saying it is part of the government's urban renewal programme aimed at making the state investor friendly.

At an interactive session with journalists in Ibadan yesterday, the commissioner reiterated the present administration's commitment to peace across the state, noting that no investor will want to come to a place where there is no peace.

The commissioner insisted that the Governor Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi's administration is committed to effectively transforming, restoring and repositioning Oyo State.

"What we are doing is not just environmental beautification, but urban renewal," the commissioner said, just as he emphasized that the era of impunity is gone in Oyo State.

According to him, the present administration will go extra mile to ensure that citizens abide by the rule in all its ramifications.

He maintained that the state government would no longer condone arbitrary erection of structures anywhere without abiding by town planning regulations.

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