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OSHA Warns against Illegal Land Excavations

The Osun State House of Assembly, OSHA, has warned illegal land excavators to desist from the act or face the wrath of law.

Chairman, House Committee on Lands and Physical Planning, Mr. Desmond Ojo gave the warning during an Oversight visit to some illegal land excavation sites in the state.

Mr. Ojo who noted that the illegal land excavation was detrimental to the environment of the state, assured that the Assembly would put adequate measures in place to check illegal excavations.

He pointed out that the Assembly would ensure that all the loopholes of siphoning revenue paid by the excavators are blocked and the monies properly remitted to the government coffee.

Mr. Ojo urged the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning to work towards putting an end to illegal excavation and to make use of tally for each loading trucks on the site for proper accountability.

In his remark, Special Adviser to the Governor on Lands and Physical Planning, Mr Halim Bakare noted that taskforces are in place as part of mechanism against illegal excavations as well as prevent erosion on the sites.

He maintained that the ministry is charging #1,000 on each loaded trucks on excavation site while violators were made to pay #50,000 as fine.

The committee also took a look at encroached government land at Oke Arungbo in Osogbo West Local Council Development Area.

The excavation sites visited by the committee include Osun Government Reservation Area Excavation Site Gbongan road, Central Business District GRA Unity School, Egbedi Excavation site in Egbedore Local Government and Oke Arungbo Area in Osogbo West LCDA.

Funmi Adekoya

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