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Ogun destroys shanties, illegal structures at Akute Under Bridge over environmental infractions

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*The Ogun State Government discloses it moves against illegal allocation of setbacks, open spaces, and activities of traders exposing residents of Akute and adjoining community to avoidable danger while students in schools in the area suffer from noise pollution and unnecessary distractions

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In an effort at sanitising the environment for the wellbeing of residents, the Ogun State Government has demolished all shanties and makeshift structures at the Akute Under Bridge, and on the wall of the fence of Zumuratul Primary School also in the area.

The state government, which pulled down the shanties earlier in the week subsequently, issued a warning to traditional rulers in the axis not to use their respected position to illegally allocate setbacks and open spaces in their domain to traders for commercial gains.

Alhaji Farook Akintunde, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Ogun State Governor on Environment, gave the warning when he led the state Taskforce on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement to demolish all the shanties and makeshift structures in the area.

Akintunde said the demolition became necessary, following a petition sent to the state government by the Anigilaje Community Association and the Management of Zumuratul Primary School on the illegal allocation of setbacks and open spaces at the Akute Under Bridge and behind the walls of school by the traditional ruler of the area for commercial gains.

The allocation and the activities of the traders have exposed the residents of the community to avoidable danger while the students of the schools have faced untold hardship through noise pollution and unnecessary distraction, said the governor’s aide.

He also said: “Aside from the environmental nuisances which they create, no government will fold its hands and watch a traditional ruler illegally allocate setbacks and open spaces to traders instead of his directing them to government designated markets for selfish gains.

“That the wall of the fence of Zumuratul Primary School was even allocated despite knowing that serene atmosphere is needed for learning is not only bad,but constituted an affront to state government’s policies of effective learning environment.”

Akintunde further stated: “So, the state government had no other choice than to restore the environmental and learning dignity of the area by demolishing all the shanties and makeshift structures.”

He, therefore, warned the displaced traders not to go back to the recovered spaces as Environmental Marshals have being detailed to apprehend anyone caught.

Speaking on the operation, the Chairman of Ifo Local Government, Mrs. Kikelomo Delano, thanked the Ogun State Government for heeding the call of the Community Development Association and that the Primary School.

She pledged that the local council would enforce the no-trading order in the demolished areas.

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