Ogun seals off 36 filling stations

 A seven day notice was given prior to sealing.

36 filling stations in Ogun State, guilty of contravening the state’s town planning laws, have been sealed.

The affected filling stations located in Ota and Abeokuta were found to have altered their approved building plans without seeking the necessary permit from relevant government agencies.

Speaking on the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Physical Planning, Oladele Osifade, recalled that the Ministry of Physical Planning in the State had last month embarked on a building plan verification and approval to audit filling stations in the two towns, during which the anomalies were discovered.

He said following the discovery, the Ministry served owners of the filling stations contravention notices, adding that this was followed up with a reminder notice and a seven day notice of sealing.

Mr. Osifade lamented that rather than taking steps to regularize their documents, some of them even went ahead to erect additional pumps in flagrant disobedience of town planning laws of the state.

While emphasizing that government derives no pleasure from demolishing or sealing off structures, Mr. Osifade added that no responsible government would allow some people disregard its laws and disrupt its town planning laws under whatever guise.

“As much as the present administration in Ogun State desires to promote commerce and attract more genuine investors and business men to contribute to the economic growth of the state, it will not fold its arms and watch some of them violate laid down rules and regulations particularly, those relating to physical development,” he said.

He advised owners of such sealed stations to do the needful by contacting the nearest zonal planning office to regularise their documents; warning that anyone of them who operates the sealed stations would be sanctioned.

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