By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The Oyo State Government has announced the downward revision of mandatory customs clearance fees for the convenience of residents.
The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Emmanuel Olusegun Olayiwola disclosed this on Thursday during an interview with reporters in Ibadan.
He said 11 local government areas in Ibadan under the first category would be required to pay N50,600 as taxes and development fees instead of the initial payment of N120,000.
The Commissioner further disclosed that residents of Oyo East Local Government, Oyo West Local Government, Atiba Local Government, Ogbomoso South Local Government, Ogbomoso North Local Government, Local Government of Saki West, Local Government of Iseyin, Local Government of Surulere, Local Government of Afijio, Local Government of Ibarapa Central Government and Local Government of Ibarapa East, which are part of the second framework, would now pay 30,600 naira.
With respect to those of Orire Local Government, Ogooluwa Local Government, Itesiwaju Local Government, Iwajowa Local Government, Ibarapa North Local Government, Orelope Local Government, Kajola local government, Atisbo local government, Olorunsogo local government, Irepo local government and Saki East local government in the third category, they will pay N20,600.
Mr. Olayiwola took the opportunity to appeal to residents of the state to support the state government by paying “all government fees” for better development.
He instructed them to act as watchdogs reporting any illegal activity around them, saying, “If you see something, say something because government officials can’t cover all areas of the state. , so when you see illegal developments/structures in any location in the state, please notify the appropriate government agency.
The commissioner also announced that the government will start sending shopkeepers and residents in and around Ibadan contravention notices for illegally erected structures on floodplains, blockage of waterways and buildings under power lines at high tension.
He denounced illegal development under power lines in the state, saying that certain developments on pipelines and under high voltage cables are against state land use planning law.
Mr. Olayiwola said that ultimately, illicit development activities without adherence to planning standards in the state gave rise to the spread of illegal structures throughout the state.
According to him, the illegal developments, if not checked in time, would pose a huge threat to residents of the state, noting that the department, following reports from concerned citizens of the state regarding the erection of structures under power lines and the resulting health risks to the brave people of the state, will spring into action very soon.
He further explained that the state government will soon embark on real estate auditing, enforcement of urban planning standards and technological innovations.