OrderPaperToday- Governor of Kwara State Abdulfatah Ahmed has been urged to immediately provide funds to the state’s Town Planning and Development Authority (TPDA) to enable it carry out the resolutions of the state’s House of Assembly on the demolition of six illegally constructed filling stations in Ilorin metropolis.
This resolution followed Mr Kamaldeen Fagbemi’s (Chairman, Ad-Hoc Committee on Proliferation of Filling Stations in Residential areas in Ilorin Metropolis) briefing on the level of compliance with the resolutions of the House in respect of the demolition of the affected Petrol Stations in the State.
The Assembly also urged Governor Abdulfatah to order the sealing off of Atinuke Filling Station at Osere in Saw Mill within 48 hours for contravening the resolution of the House.
Reading the resolutions of the Assembly, Speaker Ali Ahmad explained that the resolutions were in the interest of the public, warning that the lawmakers would not condone a lawless state.
Ahmad, while commending members of the Ad-Hoc Committee for their uprightness, assured that the legislature would continue to protect the interest of its people.
Chairman of the Ad-Hoc Committee Fagbemi had while raising a Matter of General Public Importance, briefed the House that the resolutions of the House were yet to be complied with due to lack of funds and equipment to carry out the directive by the State Town Planning and Development Authority.
Recall that the Assembly had at its last sitting ordered that six petrol stations constructed in residential areas, without the approval of the State Town Planning and Development Authority be demolished to safeguard unnecessary loss of lives and property in the State capital.
Also, the Assembly directed its Joint Committees on Land, Housing and Urban Development as well as Agriculture and Water Resources to examine the indiscriminate construction of shops on set backs along GSS-Fate road and Water Reservoirs opposite University of Ilorin staff quarters along Umaru Audi road.
The Speaker reminded fellow lawmakers that the Joint Committees were directed to conduct public hearing on the issue by deliberating with all relevant stakeholders and report to the Assembly in three weeks.
The Speaker while speaking on the matter said the need for government to stop further construction on the shops became imperative to enable the House have access to Ilorin Master Plan with a view to avoiding further compromise.