By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
The Ondo state government has mediated in a land dispute between the Ajagba Kingdom in Irele Local government area of the State and the Omojuwa family, a settler in the community from Edo State.
The land was said to have been purposely left idle by the community while the present occupier wants it for agricultural purposes.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Solagbade Amodeni who visited the land in contention, a stretch of land from Zion area of Ajagba to Otu River, said such an expanse of land should not have been left unused for such a long time which had led to its misuse.
He however, asked that the present occupiers Olaniyan and Sola Omojuwa, who were not around at the time of his visit, be issued demand notice an invitation to the ministry in Akure to state their side of the story before knowing the next line of action.
Earlier, the Ahaba of Ajagba, Oba Thomas Oluwole Adesayo said the land had been deliberately reserved for future developmental projects, but the occupier secretly took possession during a 16 years period of interregnum in the town.
The Commissioner and the enforcement squad of the ministry moved to another proposed site for gas station along Ayeka road, Okitipupa where he said the land size and its use is appropriate and not within built-up area, same as the gas station at Ayomi Street along Okitipupa/Erinje road.
Prince Amodeni who was alarmed at the sight of a gas retail outlet wrongly located beside a mechanic shed said “it is gravely hazardous to dispense such a highly flammable substance as gas closely beside a mechanic shed where welding and panel-beating are done”.
He therefore ordered immediate impoundment of some equipment found and ensured that Contravention notice was issued to the operator of the outlet Kamoju Gas services at Igbokoda, Okitipupa road.
The Commissioner said the state government will not relent until the state is rid of all contravening structures and placed on the desired pedestal on urban renewal.