- The federal government has demolished some building in the Tanke area of Ilorin, Kwara state because they were erected on NNPC pipelines
- The demolition exercise which lasted from Tuesday, April 3 to Saturday, April 7, witnessed the destruction of many buildings in the area
- The demolition was said to have been carried out after the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum reportedly issued to the property owners by the NNPC
The federal government has demolished buildings erected illegally on oil pipelines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Tanke area in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.
The exercise lasted from Tuesday, April 3 to Saturday, April 7, in Tanke area, while that in another area of the state capital known as Okeoyi was carried out about two weeks earlier, Premium Times reports.
An NNPC team, escorted by some soldiers bulldozed all buildings deemed to have encroached on the pipelines. Private residences, schools, shops, police station, market place, and religious institutions all had parts of their structures brought
Onlookers were not allowed to take photographs of the exercise. In fact, an eyewitness said a female journalist reporting for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) was prevented from covering the event by the soldiers in the demolition team.
The demolition was said to have followed the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum reportedly issued to the property owners by the NNPC.
Findings, however, revealed that similar notices had been given by the federal government about eight years ago that property owners should take down their buildings that violated the five-metre set back rule in the designated areas.
The warnings were ignored largely due to a perceived lack of political will on the part of the government. Gbenga Ibiloye, an owner of one of the affected buildings, gave an account of what transpired in brief.
Ibiloye narrated: “The first day they came, they put marks on the structures and gave us just a week. They marked everywhere, that we should quit. After that one week, they came and demolished everywhere including my shop.”
However, Usman Adam, an eyewitness and resident in Tanke, blamed both the government and the people for the incident.
Adam remarked: “As a matter of fact, government has its own fault, and the people too, have their own fault. Because, there’s no way you’ll build on pipeline and you take the plan to the Town Planning (Kwara State Town Planning and Development Authority), and they will not tell you that you’re building on pipeline.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru on Friday, December 8, called on foreign investors to partner with the corporation in its multi-billion dollar projects to be executed in 2018.
Baru made the call in a statement issued by Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC group general manager public affairs division.
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