Determined to sustain the sanity at Oyemekun road in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the state government has vowed to put in place necessary measures to rid the road of all unconventional commercial activities.
The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Solagbade Amodeni stated this while speaking in an interview on Orange FM radio programme, Facing Facts.
While speaking on the achievements of the Ministry, Amodeni said since embargo was lifted on Arakale corridor, developers have been cooperative enough to comply with the state’s building regulations.
“Several applicants have come forward to seek for building approval, even those that built during the embargo period are coming forth for regularization of their papers”, he said.
He said the ministry has performed impressively in revenue generation as developers are paying the necessary government assessment fees and those that need to pay penalties are doing so which has remarkably boosted the revenue of the ministry such that it realized well over board in the last fiscal year 2017.
The commissioner recounted the success recorded in the monitoring and enforcement exercise embarked on by the ministry banning illegal commercial activities at Oyemekun road in Koseunti axis that had been the practice on every first day of every month, and hinged this success on proper planning, detailed and painstaking execution of such plans.
He stated that this illegal activity does not add to the economic value of the state but rather reduces the value of lives as people plying this route and residents are exposed to criminal activities amidst the crowd that thronged the place under the guise of “Koseunti programme”
The commissioner however clarified that if the church decides to encourage the sale of spiritual materials, that it will be its responsibility to make provision for such within its premises and not on the roads as government will not condone trading on roads.
Prince Amodeni who said the duties of the ministry included: planning the environment and ensuring an ideal urban development, giving attention to appropriate interpretation of building regulations, however noted that there is possibility of over lapping among ministries and extra ministerial departments.
This overlapping, he said will not come as threat or intimidation but will give room for collaborative efforts geared towards achieving a common goal.
Speaking further on trading, the commissioner mentioned other places but with their own peculiarities which he believed should give no room for comparison.
He affirmed that trading in front of the Central Mosque by the road side is no issue for concern as central mosque in most cities in Nigeria is always located at the Central Business District” For example in places like Akure, Ikare, Ondo, Owo, Ilorin, Ibadan and so on, It is a monumental development and it is more of tradition and tradition is better kept once it is not a threat to live”.
He assured that the government is working towards putting a market in place for traders at Iyeoma junction, adding that the ministry is proposing writing to the Chairman Akure South local government to put in place a market for traders at Leo junction that will serve Leo, Lafe, Okuta-Elerinla till Futa junction.
Amodeni however said pending the provision of these markets the traders at both locations have been warned to thread with caution as the places being used( Iyeoma and Leo junctions) are not conventional.
He enjoined all developers to always comply with building rules and regulations by ensuring that all layout and building plans are submitted for approval.