The Ogun State Government has commenced the removal of illicit structures situated within the industrial hubs of the state, in an effort to preserve the originally intended industrial layout.
The exercise was a collaborative effort between the officials of the Special Land Task Force from the Bureau of Lands and Survey and the Central Monitoring Unit of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
A statement said the action was prompted by the illegal occupation of land and the construction of structures that lacked proper documentation and building permits.
Stressing the importance of the exercise, the Director-General of the Bureau of Lands and Survey, Segun Fowora, said the bureau, in conjunction with the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, had served the occupants of the illegal structures several notices of contraventions, but the owners and developers continued construction business without compliance.
He said the government would no longer tolerate indiscriminate encroachment of lands without due documentation, and that companies should be mindful of purchasing land from land grabbers who may offer false assurances or fake documents.
The Bureau’s Press Officer, Temitope Adewunmi, said that individuals interested in purchasing land were urged not to acquire government-owned land along the primary highways within the state without first verifying the legitimacy of such transactions with the director-general of Lands and Survey office.
It added that the State government had acquired 1.5-kilometer corridor along various highways, including the Abeokuta/Sagamu interchange, Lagos/Ibadan expressway, Lagos-Benin/Ore roads, and other highways within the state.
These acquisitions were made with the intention of facilitating future development initiatives.
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