KWHA moves to curb indiscriminate parking, illegal shops construction in Ilorin
The Kwara State House of Assembly has expressed its frustration over
the indiscriminate parking of vehicles and construction of shops on road
setbacks in Ilorin metropolis.
To address this, the House has
resolved to invite those involved such as the Ministries of Works and
Transport,Housing and Environment as well as the State Housing
Corporation, Bureau of Land, Harmony Holdings, Town Planning Development
Authority and Kwara State Road Traffic Maintenance Authority (KWARTMA)
at a later date to be confirmed.
The House took the resolution
on Wednesday following a deliberation on a motion of indiscriminate
parking of vehicles and no parking sign usage in Ilorin metropolis moved
by Hon. AbdulRasheed Taiwo representing Owode-Onire Constituency in Asa
Leading the debate, Hon. AbdulRasheed Taiwo
who lamented the indiscriminate parking of vehicles along the roads in
Ilorin metropolis observed that it is very rampant especially in areas
where filling stations are cited, thereby making it difficult for other
road users to ply the roads conveniently.
Similarly, he said
that it has also been very frustrating to drive around with intention of
purchasing goods in some areas within the city without being confronted
with parking problem as virtually all shop owners have placed no
parking signs in front of their respective shops.
regretted that the sign is usually accompanied with police logo to
justify that the shop owners were not acting unlawfully, describing the
action as illegal due to the fact that the constitution does not empower
police to issue such permit.
He further explained that the
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) laws carefully stipulated areas where
motorists could not park such as hospitals among others, noting that
unfortunately the reverse is the case.
In his contributions, Hon.
Kamaldeen Fagbemi representing Oke-Ogun Constituency who described the
motion as timely due to the hardship being experienced by vehicle owners
in Ilorin metropolis enjoined government to provide parking lots in
major areas within the city, stressing that such provision would make it
easier to deal with any individual that contravenes the law.
Specifically, Fagbemi stated that it is the duty of the local
governments as provided in the constitution to provide such amenities
which would equally assist them in raising Internally Generated Revenue
However, in his submission, a member representing
Kaiama/Kemanji/Wajibe Constituency, Hon. Ahmed Ibn Mohammed noted that
the motion prayers should be expanded to also curb shops being
constructed along road setbacks in the state capital, a situation he
said was worrisome.
Mohammed explained that unfortunately when
enquiries were made it was discovered that the state government actually
allocated the portion of lands which falls in wrong place to the users.
He added that the indiscriminate parking of vehicles would
continue as far as those constructing shops failed to provide areas
where customers could park.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad
however directed that several stakeholders connected to the issue should
be invited to the floor, stressing that their expertise would assist
the House to come up with a better resolution and solve the problem once
and for all.