Edo govt begins ‘operation show your building plan’

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The Edo State Government has disclosed plans to commence the second phase of its ‘Operation Show Your Building Plan’, as part of efforts by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to create a healthier, safer environment for residents.

In a statement, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Erimona Oye Edorodion, said the exercise will involve all types of developments, ranging from commercial through industrial to residential projects, which are either completed, in use, or under construction.

According to him, a team from the Ministry will move from house to house and from one construction site to another to authenticate developments in the various locations.

The statement reads: “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that in continuation of the ongoing effort by Edo State Government to create a healthier, safer, more aesthetically pleasing and convenient physical environment for our urban and rural settlements, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development will commence the second phase of the exercise tagged, ‘Operation Show Your Building Plan’.

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“This exercise shall involve all types of developments, ranging from commercial through industrial to residential development which are either completed and in use, or under construction. A team from the ministry shall move from house to house and from one construction site to another to authenticate developments in the various locations.”

It continued, “There shall be a ‘two-month grace period’ from the date of this announcement for all building owners and property developers without approved building plans to ensure they secure their plans. Failure to secure your building plans after this grace period shall attract stiff violation fines.

“Let this announcement serve as an advice to the general public, especially developers and owners of building developments, to seek necessary building approvals from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development. Following the service of relevant notices on illegal developments, the Ministry shall thereafter proceed to enforce the provisions of the extant Town Planning Laws of the state against violators. Members of the public should please by this announcement be guided.