From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
The Kwara State House of Assembly has summoned the state Town Planning and Development Authority to appear before a House committee to explain its non-enforcement of town planning regulations in towns and cities in the state.
This is part of resolutions of the House of Assembly after considering a Motion tagged ‘Conversion of residential buildings to hotels, club houses and beer parlours sponsored by the member representing Ilorin Central. Constituency, Hajia Segilola AbdulKadir.
The Speaker, Ali Ahmad, while reading the resolutions of the House noted with displeasure that the non-enforcement of the town planning regulations had led to disorderliness in towns and cities in the state.
The House equally enjoined the Authority to be alive to its responsibility by ensuring that residential buildings are not illegally converted to event centres without necessary approvals
and taking into consideration the public nuisance and security implications that such places would pose to residents.
Hajia AbdulKadir had observed in her motion that the town planning and development authority was charged with the responsibility of controlling, regulating and maintaining all laws guiding the physical planning of the state to ensure healthy development of settlements and communities but observed that the indiscriminate conversion and distortion of environmental planning as well as the master plan of cities in the state had caused security and social problems to residents in the affected areas.
Other members who spoke on the motion noted with displeasure that the town planning authority had over stretched the patient of the people of the state, saying that the authority had caused many problems for government and the people.