The Kwara state House of Assembly (KWHA) has frowned against indiscriminate construction of filling stations in residential areas in Ilorin, the state capital.
It then summoned two owners of filling stations in Ilorin metropolis to appear before it over alleged illegal operations.
The filling Stations were M.M. Ibrolak interbiz at Agbo-oba and Juniwad Petrol Station at Ita-Merin area of the metropolis.
Also, the lawmakers summoned owners of the Petrol stations under construction along Oko-Erin, Kuntu, Abayawo and Ode Alawonla in Okelele all in the town, to appear before the House’s Ad-Hoc Committee for failure to secure necessary documents before erecting their filing stations.
The Chairman of the committee, Kamaldeen Fagbemi said this in Ilorin during the Committee’s visit to some filling stations at Okelele, Abayawo, Alagbado, Kongbari and Muritala Mohammed way all in Ilorin Metropolis.
The lawmaker was accompanied by members of the committee, officers of the state Town Planning and Development Authority, Fire Service, Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria.
He said the House of Assembly would not fold its arms and watch the lives and properties of those who elected them into office being threatened by few individuals who were desperately looking for money.
The lawmaker explained that the State House of Assembly would give fair hearing to all parties concerned before taking a definite position on the matter.
Mr. Fagbemi directed the affected persons to come along with the approvals of the State Town Planning and Development Authority, Directorate of Petroleum Resources (DPR), State Fire Service and Environmental Assessment.
He said defaulters risked closure of the affected filling stations.
He added that the House would soon conduct public hearing on proliferation of filling stations in residential areas to have stakeholders’ inputs with a view to finding an enduring solution to the problem and called on members of the public to cooperate with the legislature.
Fagbemi, who is also the Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics, Public Petitions, Privileges and Judiciary, assured that the House would address the issue holistically, saying that the House would ensure implementation of Laws setting up a Town Planning Tribunal to ensure proper trial of culprits.
The Executive Secretary of the State Town Planning and Development Authority Mr. Oladele Adeoti had told the Ad-Hoc Committee that they had demolished some illegal filling stations under Construction in the past.
He added that his men were usually beaten up by hoodlums hired by the owners of such illegal filling stations.
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