Kingsley U N Chikwendu —
The Commissioner for Edo State Ministry of Physical Planning, Housing, Urban and Regional Development, Isoken Omo, yesterday said the government will not condone activities of land-grabbers in the state.
Leading the ministry’s enforcement team to areas in the state, she also said the government has reclaimed a road in Uteh Community, Upper Mission Extension of the Benin, the state capital. He said the road was illegally appropriated by the proprietor of Divine Providence School for a building project.
Residents of the community had in a viral video raised the alarm at the weekend that the school proprietor was raising a fence to cut off the road for public use, calling on the government to come to their aid.
“Following the video complaint of a street being fenced by the owner of Divine Providence School at Palace Road, Uteh community, Upper Mission Extension, an Enforcement Team from Ministry of Physical Planning, Housing, Urban and Regional Development visited the site today and reclaimed the road, the Commissioner said.
“The school was sealed as its fence is on the road. Other contraventions in the area were attended to, particularly the row of stores along Upper Mission Extension by the Enogie’s palace”, she added.
Also, while commending residents in the area for their vigilance, she assured people of the state that the government’s resolve to stamp out impunity remains keen.