Oct 15, 2011 – The General Manager of the Osun State Emergency Management Agency (OSEMA), Engr. Segun Ajayi, said no fewer than 200 houses constituting hazards to people and environment in the state would be urgently demolished.
Speaking at a press conference to mark this year World Disaster Day with the theme “Making Cities Resilient: Children and People Partner Together for Disaster Reduction,” Engr. Ajayi said “the agency is still awaiting the approval of the state governor for demolition of the houses.”
The General Manager, who praised Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s visionary and proactive measures in handling environmental issues in the state, however, said the law establishing his agency did not permit it to demolish any house constituting hazards to the environment, but admitted that some houses within the state should be demolished without delay to save lives.
The General Manager lamented the inability of his agency to take decisive action on such structures.
He disclosed that the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in Osun State marked no fewer than 200 houses for demolition across the state, but regretted that the agency was handicapped to act for lack of protective law to safeguard the agency from unwarranted litigations. Engr. Ajayi, therefore, called for an enabling law that would empower the agency to demolish all structures that endanger lives of innocent citizens in the society.
“What we do now is appeal to people to stay clear from such houses because we are not empowered by the law to demolish houses. Files of some of these houses are before the governor and we await his approval of relevant agencies’ recommendations on these houses,” he said.(the nation)