Stakeholders Express Strong Reservations on Construction of Shops Along GSS and Reservoir in Ilorin
The Kwara State House of Assembly says, it will not support any project
or policy that will adversely affect the wellbeing of the people of the
The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad gave this indication in
Ilorin at the Weekend, while declaring open a Public hearing on alleged
illegal erection of Shops around GSS Ilorin and Water Reservoir opposite
Unilorin staff quarters, GRA Ilorin.
Dr. Ahmad represented by
his Deputy, Elder Matthew Okedare, said the Legislature which is the
mouth piece of the People, would not support any project or policy that
would distort the master plan of Ilorin Metropolis but insisted that
such should not be done at the detriment of the People of the State.
In their various but passionate submissions, the stakeholders
insisted vehemently that the on going shop projects at GSS and GRA Water
Reservoir be demolished, as the projects according to them, would be
injurious to the inhabitants of Ilorin Metropolis, and destroy the age
long aesthetic value of green areas, planted trees, flowers and lawns
initiated by successive governments in the State.
affected stakeholders which included, the state chapter of the Nigerian
Institute of Town Planners, Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and
Valuers, Ilorin Descendants Progressive Union, the Head of Department of
Regional and Urban Development, University of Ilorin, the Chairman of
the Unilorin chapter of Academic Staff Union of University, Dr U A
Raheem, the old Students of Shiekh Abdulkadir College, Muri Adi Estate
and Valuers and the Petitioners GRA Residents Association praised the
doggedness of the Legislature, saying that the house had demonstrated
through the Public Hearing that governance is by the People and for the
Other Stakeholders, especially those from the side of
the State government said the Shops may not be injurious, if adequate
measures were put in place, by the relevant agencies of government to
mitigate against identified disasters, due to the construction of the
shops in the affected areas.
The government Stakeholders,
which included the state Bureau of Land, the state Town Planning and
Development Authority, Ministries of Justice, Water Resources as well as
Education and Human Capital Development, the Independent Petroleum
Marketers Association of Nigeria said the affected areas, prior to the
construction of the shops constituted security threat and expressed
confidence that the shops would among other things ensure security in
the areas, improve the revenue base of the state government, boost
commercial activities in the areas, while proceeds from proposed shops
along Fate road would be used to provide infrastructure in the School to
enhance effective teaching and learning.
Chairman, House Committee on Land, Housing and Urban Development, Hon.
Adamu Usman had explained that the public hearing was held to seek
stakeholders' views on the construction of Shops in the affected areas
and assured that their views would be collated and reflected in the
Committee's report to guide the entire House in proffering appropriate,
realistic and enduring solutions to the problem.