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Owners help Edo demolition c’ttee to remove illegal structures

By Samuel Enogholase
BENIN—AS caterpillars and bulldozers from the Edo State government committee on the demolition of illegal structures continue to pull down illegal structures in Benin yesterday, property owners in some major streets  in the city have resorted to self help in pulling down their structures that have been marked for demolition by the committee.

At Sakponba Road, it was a beehive of activities as the property owners and traders were seen pulling down part of their buildings perceived to be encroaching on the marginal line.

This was also replicated at Forestry Road already earmarked for dualization by the state government.
Those who could not do the demolition themselves engaged the services of carpenters and bricklayers to help them remove the structures before the arrival of the demolition squad with their bulldozers to demolish the said property.

Some of the property owners who spoke with Vanguard yesterday described the demolition exercise as  a painful experience as they had to remove  the structures themselves but added that the precautionary measure was taken to salvage the remains of the property.

Though most of the traders along Forestry Road decried the situation, they however, expressed support for the administration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in its bid to decongest the streets which they said would make the streets more motorable

Meanwhile, there are strong indications that the large expanse of land with some residential and official buildings behind Oba market on Ring road is being investigated by the state ministry of Lands to ascertain if the area was acquired by the then government of Mid-western region

The area, it was gathered, was allegedly acquired by the then Mid-west region government for the purpose of creating a central motor park.

The vice chairman of the committee of illegal structures, Major Lawrence Oloye told newsmen that the committee would not hesitate to move its bulldozers to the said area should investigation by the ministry of Lands shows that the area falls within government acquisition


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