Oyo state government has ordered traders, mechanical workshop owners and business owners on Alakia airport road interchange to old Ife road to vacate the road side before by this weekend or face heavy sanctions.
The commissioner for lands, housing and urban development, Barr. Raheem Abdulraheem and officials from the Ministry of environment and natural resources gave the warning today during an inspection tour of flood prone areas around Alakia road interchange.
Speaking after engaging some of the business operators and mechanics, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural resources, Dr. Bashir Olarenwaju explained that the state government has issued an eviction notice to them three months ago, noting that government is concern about their safety and the need to improve the aesthetic values and hygiene along the road particularly because of its proximity to the airport.
Dr. Olanrewaju who frowned at the indiscriminate dumping of refuse on some of the areas around the interchange, stressed that the state government had prohibited such act and remained committed in ensuring a healthy state.
Commissioner for lands, housing and urban development, Barr. Raheem Abdulraheem equally disclosed that the ministry has made alternative provision for those engaged in business activities along that axis, adding that the suitable location would have basic social amenities to make their business atmosphere conducive.
Some of the traders and mechanic operators agreed that the intention of the eviction was for their well being and promised to comply accordingly.