Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has warned owners of landed property built without regards to laws guiding erection of structures in waterlogged areas to either obey the law or face its consequences.
The Governor gave the warning in Ado Ekiti on Saturday during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise; saying that it is very worrisome that people build houses along waterways without bearing in mind the potential danger of flooding that usually accompany the raining season in water-prone areas.
Fayemi who expressed worry at the indiscriminate erection of the structures said though the consequences of building in the wrong area will be borne by the people, government will not shirk in upholding the standard set by the law for structures in waterlogged areas.
He added that the department of Development control in the Ministry of Physical Planning has a lot to do in ensuring that people get proper approval to build houses or stalls aside from getting their certificate of occupancy.
On the ongoing channelisation projects across the State capital, the Governor stated that government has embarked on going on an extensive channelisation of 7000 meter- long NTA- Ureje waterway so as to protect citizens against all forms of loss that may be occasioned by flooding.
Fayemi expressed satisfaction at the ongoing dredging and channelisation of the waterways along Mercy Island and Embassy Island in Ado Ekiti; saying that his administration will continue to provide a safe environment for citizens.
Meanwhile the Governor has apprehended two middle-aged men who were caught in illegal timber lumbering on Saturday. The two men: Olalekan Ogunleye and Ibrahim Osasona who are now cooling their feet at the Okesha Area Command of the Nigerian Police were caught at Adere Phase 2 where they were loading timber without the stamp of the Forestry department.
On people’s compliance to the Sanitation exercise, Fayemi expressed joy that the people had dutifully trooped out to keep their surroundings clean.
At Adere phase 2, members of the community trooped out to meet the Governor and commended him for their various projects being done by Government in the community.
Chairman of the community’s Landlord Association, Dr Olawale Sulaimon who spoke on behalf of the community lauded the Fayemi-led administration for embarking on the channelisation project, construction of 5km road and the provision of an electric transformer to boost power supply in the area.
Sulaimon, a lecturer at Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti said the gesture has proved that the present administration is indeed people-oriented.
Last modified: January 28, 2013