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Flooding: Obaseki seeks stakeholders’ collaboration, warns against violating planning laws

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By Nosa Akenzua, Benin

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Wednesday called for citizens’ support as well as the collaboration of all stakeholders in the State to reduce incidences of flooding and erosion menace by ensuring adherence to the State’s extant town planning laws and regulations.

Obaseki who spoke to Journalists in Benin City Edo State noted that the State government was committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents in the State, reiterated the need for residents to stop erecting buildings, adding that prohibited areas are strictly monitored by taskforce members on illegal activities in the State.

 He noted that “As a government, We have been educating our people on our urban renewal reforms, and we see this as important message to the people”, disclosing that defaulters would be prosecuted according to the laws, especially in Benin City where it has been a common practice among some deviants. 

Obaseki, while stressing the need for all hands to be on deck to ensure that everything works well in the State said, “We will support any group or organizations who are ready to partner with the State government to ensure that the flood menace would be checked”

Meanwhile, the Governor has continued to receive commendations for signing into law the bill to repeal the Edo State private Property Protection Law 2017 and as well as re- enacting the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2021. Recall that Governor Godwin Obaseki while signing the bill into law said, “With this law, we are not only banning the Community Development Associations (CDAs) but also all sorts of splinter groups like Okaeghele or people who come up to forcefully take other people’s properties in their Communities”

Reacting on the clampdown, founder of Edo Progressive Indigenous Association (EPIA), Chief Omgiede Edokpolo noted, “We ousting of the activities of Okaeghele in Benin Kingdom will help fast track development in the State. When Governor Godwin Obaseki put an end to the activities of CDAs, the Okaeghele took over the proscribed CDAs activities and turned themselves to warlords in their various communities thereby confiscating landed properties belonging to individuals.

The same duty they were doing as CDAs was what they were also doing as Okaeghele, at the time when it seemed the land grabbers had been abandoned, this amendment surprisingly came on board”, he said.

“With this amendment, both Local and international investors in the Diaspora will now have trust in the land act administration of Edo State”.

Also, the leader of Edo people’s Forum, Osadolor Iyamu however commended the Governor for the new law to check the illegal activities of Okaeghele adding, “We are grateful to Gov. Obaseki for signing the Bill to repeal the Edo State Private Property Protection Law 2017 to check Criminal activities of Okaeghele”

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