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Edo State APC kicks as government intensifies demolition of illegal structures

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The Edo State Government has intensified the demolition of shopping malls, hotels and other commercial buildings without appropriate approvals from the relevant regulatory authorities.
 
In a statement issued in Benin City, yesterday, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie, said the exercise was aimed at ensuring order and sanitising the building sector in line with the state’s laws and environmental guidelines.
 
“The state government restates its commitment to ensuring the protection of life and property and promotion of orderly development of the environment for the benefit of the good people of the state,” the statement reads.

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But in a swift reaction, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) disagreed with the government over the demolition of two property in Benin City over alleged contravention of town planning regulations.

In a statement issued, yesterday, by Chairman of APC, Col. David Imuse (rtd.), the party condemned the demolition of a property at 13 Aideyan Street in the Ihama axis and another housing over 60 stores, being built on 90, Akenzua Road.

He said: “It is distressing that the Governor Godwin Obaseki government is celebrating the demolitions like a rampaging occupation force.”

Imuse said the property under construction were approved by the Edo State Department of Physical and Urban Planning, adding that the explanation that their owners did not get relevant approvals did not hold water.

In spite of the APC’s discontent over the demolitions, the state government insisted that the enforcement of the demolition of illegal structures was in line with the Obaseki administration’s urban renewal agenda.

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BESIDES, the governor’s wife, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, yesterday, led women across the state to pray for peace and security of the country.

Addressing Christian women prayer session at the Government House, she expressed hope that Nigeria was on the path to greatness in spite of its current challenges and urged women to remain steadfast in their faith and believe the prophecies concerning the country.

On her part, wife of the Chairman of Edo chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Cecilia Kure, stressed the need for supplications and repentance for Nigeria’s restoration.

Also, President of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Hajiya Rabi Abiri, described the prayer session as a welcome development.

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