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Kwara Continues Removal Of Illegal Structures Over Road Setbacks Violation



The Kwara State Government has again reiterated its commitment to the reclamation of all government setbacks in line with the directives of the Federal Government to enhance the aesthetics and serenity of the State.

The Executive Chairman, Kwara State Geographic Information Service, ESV Abdulkareem Babatunde Sulyman made the disclosure during the ongoing reclamation of government road setbacks at Sulu Gambari Road in Ilorin, the State Capital.

The Executive Chairman who spoke through the Acting Director of Physical Planning and Development Control of the Agency, TPL. Abdulhakeem Abdulsalam maintained that the ongoing reclamation exercise was done in good fate without bias or favour.

ESV Sulyman added that, the exercise was even belated due to the magnanimity of the Kwara State Government whose counterparts in other States of the federation have embarked upon a long time ago in line with the federal government directives on “safe schools initiative”.

He further stated that, all government setbacks would be reclaimed for public benefit, stressing that, the importance of maintaining the iconic status of Ahmadu Bello Way as the seat of power could not be over emphasised.

The Executive Chairman stated that all those affected negatively by the policy, should bear it in good faith as it was in the best interest of all to enhance the aesthetics of the area and engender the security of lives and property in the State.

He therefore, appealed to the public to desist from encroaching on government set backs for commercial ventures, urging residents to comply with the removal notices given within the seven-days notice granted before demolition according to the extant laws, insisting that no illegal building will be spared no matter how highly placed the owners are.

In his own observation with the reclamation exercise, Mr. Mac Akor, a shop owner at Challenge frowned at the exercise on the grounds of poor sensitization, saying a letter was served a day before which was not enough to evacuate his property. He added that enough notice should be given before the commencement of the exercise.

Another shop owner at Ahmadu Bello Way, Mr. Bayo Olusi, expressed displeasure with the situation but said he could not blame the government for demolishing his shop.

Areas affected were Ahmadu Bello Way, Tanke Junction, Sulu Gambari Road, State library and Mount Camel School, all in Ilorin, the State Capital.

Adamu Usman
Press Secretary

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