The Edo State Government has warned owners of illegal structures under and within the statutory right of way of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in the state to remove such structures, as the government intends to enforce appropriate sanctions against defaulters.
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (2nd right); Chairman, Edo State Chapter, National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, Comrade Isaiah Okungbowa (2nd left); Secretary of the Union, Bayo Oladipupo (right); and Chairperson of the Union, Eunice Edo, during the courtesy visit by the executive members of the Union to the governor, at Government House, Benin City.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Erimona Edorodion Oye, the state government warned that the actions of the defaulters amount to an act of ‘illegality’ which constitutes ‘environmental nuisance and threat to the lives and property of the violators and users of such space.”
According to him, the state “has observed with dismay the illegal development of structures under and within the Statutory Right of Way of the TCN or Electricity High Tension Transmission Line across the State.”
He continued, “the act of illegality has constituted serious environmental nuisance and threat to the lives and property of the violators and users of such space.”
“The state government condemns this act of violation and advises all owners of such illegal structures to with immediate effect remove them without delay.
“Failure to comply with the above directive, the Ministry will not hesitate to enforce appropriate sanctions against violators in line with Extant Planning Laws of the State, by removing all the illegal structures and recovering of the cost of carrying out such exercise,” Hon. Erimona added.