Oyo demands approval plans from varsities, others

University of Ibadan

Poised to check wanton disregard for building plans, the Oyo authorities have requested State planning approvals from tertiary and commercial institutions in the state.

The state government also warned property owners against deviating from originally approved building plans without seeking physical planning approvals, stressing that disruptions of approved plans by developers, contravene the extant planning laws of the state and appropriate sanctions would be applied.

Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr.Toye Arulogun said the government’s action is based on the State Government Development Control power under the 1999 Federal Constitution and Land Act as amended and affirmed by the Supreme Court verdict of June 13, 2003 which gave states sole responsibility for Urban and Regional Planning or the regulations of Physical Development of lands within its administrative boundary.

Arulogun explained that the government has also directed developers of some property in the state to remove their offensive structures or pay a penal fee of N250 million each for deviating from the approved building plans.

The government, he said, frowns at the attitude of property owners and developers turning their residential buildings to commercial ones without adequate recourse to the extant building laws and additional approvals from the appropriate government office.

According to him, the state government will not tolerate the contravention of building laws, noting that it is imperative for the people of the state to be compliant with the necessary planning laws and building instructions so as to avert any danger or indiscriminate development.

Some of the institutions requested to furnish the State with their building approvals are University College Hospital(UCH) , Kola Daisi University , University of Ibadan (UI),

Ajayi Crowder University, Adebayo Akande Hall, EcoBank PLc Branch at Ajayi Crowther University among others.

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