Burnt Property: Firm, Traders Raise Alarm Over Failure To Grant Rebuilding Approval

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*urges Gov Makinde to intervene

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


Barely a year after their shops were razed by fire, the owner of Pelly Foam Industries Limited and other traders on Tuesday alerted Governor Seyi Makinde of ploy by some elements to prevent them from renovating their  burnt shops
The owner and the traders made this known in a letter entitled, ‘Appeal For Permission To Renovate The Property Situate At No 1, Lebanon Street, Dugbe, Ibadan, Gutted By Fire On The 15th, April 2020’, ” by their Counsel , S.O. Sanni & CO addressed to Governor  Seyi Makinde a copy of which was obtained by the New Nigerian.
In the letter dated April 18, the firm and the traders lamented  that ” despite the fact that all necessary documents requested by relevant agencies for renovation permit have been submitted but to their surprise, a year after, the approval is yet to be granted.”
Soliciting the intervention of Governor Makinde in ensuring” granting them renovation approval”, they stated, “we however regret to note Your Excellency that the government department responsible for approval of building plans has refused to approve the renovation permit for almost one year after the fire incident”.
 ” Our client was directed to produce a renovation permit for approval by the relevant government agencies which was promptly done and submitted to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey and the Town Planning Department, a building  plan which is most unnecessary.Submission of the building plan was based on the advice of the Town Planning Department which is strange to all known Town Planning Laws where a building is gutted by fire”, it said.
The letter added, ” we heard from the grapevine that Your Excellency was informed that there are pending cases in court which is farther from the truth. The truth is that one King Zion took our client to court in 2003, years before the fire incident and various cases in court has nothing to do with the fire incident. We urge Your Excellency to kindly demand a copy of the said injunction granted by the court”.” 
” Your Excellency, the above mentioned property  was gutted by fire on the 15th, April 2020 where substantial  part of the building was adversely affected. Your Excellency took time out of your ever busy schedule to visit the premises and lamented the extent of damage done to the building  which is located at the Central Business  District of Ibadan.Your Excellency in your usual magnanimity gave out palliative to settle the traders affected by the fire incident which our client appreciated and still appreciating.
“Our client was directed to produce to produce a renovation permit for approval by the relevant government agencies which was promptly done and submitted to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey and the Town Planning Department, a building  plan which is most unnecessary.Submission of the building plan was based on the advice of the Town Planning Department which is strange to all known Town Planning Laws where a building is gutted by fire.
They then appealed to Governor Makinde to prevail on relevant agencies of the government  to approve the renovation permit with a view to allowing them carry out necessary  renovation of the building so as to save the building from total collapse with the danger posed to Dugbe community as whole”,  saying, ” no court in Ibadan or elsewhere in Nigeria has granted injunction to restrain the renovation of the dilapidated walls of the building which can give away any moment  from now as the wall fence stand now constitutes danger to lives of the traders and people moving in and around the building.

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