BENINâ€”CORPORATE institutions such as the Central Bank, Power Holdings Company of Nigeria (PHCN), may lose prime properties in Benin City, Edo state capital, following the resolve of Governor Adams Oshiomhole to fully enforce the right of way and observe relevant bye-laws to widen the roads in Benin City.
The governor, who disclosed this during an inspection visit to some of the on-going road projects in the state, said the perimeter fence of the CBN, Benin branch, and other banks along Akpakpava road, violated the right of way, and would, therefore, be pulled down to enable the state government beautify the road.
He stressed the need for both corporate organizations, individuals and government to comply with the law, asserting that some of the buildings andÂ fences must be pulled down so as to achieve a wider space to expand the road and put in the basic facilities that a road should have.
According to him, â€œevery modern road should have not just a dual carriage way but also sufficient space for walk ways, and space for some greens.
â€œWe all have to go green in spite of our environmental policy that we plant trees wherever we can. We want to reclaim all lands that have been encroached upon by all kinds of institution and unfortunately, the CBN has encroached and the wall fence and its security post has to go; they are illegal structures.
â€œWe are doing this in the interest of the public so that we can widen the roads. The people are complaining that the road is too narrow. Actually, the roadÂ is very narrow and there is no walkway for people to pass.
You cannot build roads without making provisions for motor cycles and walkways.
On both sides of the road on Akpakpava, some wall fences have to go. It is better that we inconvenience a few people, no matter how powerful they are, so that the public can have access to road; even if its Edo state government or even if it is Oshiomholeâ€™s house that has violated the right of way,Â Oshiomholeâ€™s house will be pulled down.
We have to enforce these laws and we are not going to compromise.â€
The governor, who also inspected the ongoingÂ de-silting work along Adolor College road , Upper SakpobaÂ road and Ugbowo, added that â€œIf CBN disobeys the law, itÂ has to be dealt with.
Fortunately, President Musa Yarâ€™AduaÂ has confirmed this through his commitment and reaffirmationÂ to the rule of law and so in this case, environmental and town planning lawsÂ must be fully complied withâ€.
Governor Oshiomhole also inspected on-going projects such as road construction and rehabilitation at Omorodion Street, off College road in Joromi precinct and expressed satisfaction over job done, sayingÂ â€œas you can see, if you were here before, this place was not passable; now you can see.
The last time we visited, no neighbourhoods could cross to the other side but now, itâ€™s passable.
The challenge now is how to encourage our people that once we have de-silted a particular drainage and constructed theÂ road, the people are discouraged from throwing debris into the gutter.â€