By Emmanuel Adeleke
Oyo State Government, on Friday, embarked on total removal of illegal structures, shanties and shops around public schools in the state.
Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Abdulmojeed Mogbojubola, who led the management and officers of the ministry, ensured that total demolition of the unauthorised constructions, were carried out.
Recall that the Governor Seyi Makinde had during a night tour few weeks ago discovered the appalling myriads of shanties, slums and illegal shops around public school premises, capable of causing undue distractions to pupils and students in the state.
The commissioner, who had earlier visited and spoken with some of the illegal shop owners and residents, strictly warned against reconstruction of the shanties.
He assured of Makinde’s enduring love and commitment towards making environment of public schools clean, attractive and conducive for learning, especially as students resume new academic session.
School premises where the exercises were carried out include Oba Akinbiyi Model College, Ibadan; C&S New Eden Primary School, Mokola; Saint Gabriel’s Secondary Commercial School,Mokola, and host of others.
Mogbojubola, however, commended some of the owners of the shanties and shops for toeing the part of honour by complying with government’s directive on the removal notifications, before the arrival of the team.